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10023 Books You Don`t Have Time to Read, East Metro  

Experienced presenters summarize books of interest, answer questions, and lead a discussion of salient points. Books are chosen by presenters for their current and historic interest. Topics open for learning and discussion include fiction, politics, religion, science, and history.

March 29: A long time presenter, Dan Hunt, will discuss “12 Rules for Life: An Anecdote to Chaos” by Jordan Peterson. The author is a professor of psychology and clinical psychologist at the University of Toronto. He has sparked controversy over his views concerning gender relationships and his advocacy for a return to a simpler life as a way of surviving in today’s cultural milieu. The presenter is a well-read entrepreneur who does a good job of engaging his audiences in a free flow of questions and answers.

April 5: Ron Tabar will present “Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life” by Nassim Taleb. Ron has a Ph.D. in Polymer Sciences and worked for many years for 3M before his retirement. Mr. Tabar has a knack for explaining developments in science and technology that lay people are able to easily understand.

April 12: Lynn Bolnick will present Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” and will offer insights that will be of value, even for people who will have already read the book.

April 19: Fred Beier is Professor Emeritus with the Carlson School of Management where he taught and served as Associate Dean until his retirement in 2003. Professor Beier will discuss “Wolves at the Door” by Judith Pearson. The book is billed as the “True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy.” Professor Beier’s presentation will be lively and provocative.

April 24: No Class

May 3: In the further interest of a balanced course, “Ida: A Sword Among Lions” by author Paula Giddens will be presented by longtime educator, Lonni Skrentner. The book is a biography of Ida B. Wells who was an African-American investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement.

May 10: Jim Martin, the course’s leader, has the temerity of presenting William Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” a 1,486 page tome that graces many a book shelf but remains unread by its owners. Shirer was in Berlin during the turbulent 1930s and has written a history of the Weimar Republic that is second to none.

Outline-History of Third Reich




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