Broader Community – Engaging Science Book Club

The Asprey CCAS Engaging Science Book Club aims to facilitate conversations among faculty in the social and natural sciences, and the humanities, both among themselves and with the broader community on and off campus.  Organized around a campus-wide book club, general audience books on scientific topics are chosen for their contemporary relevance, and the book club is linked to other activities such as lectures or workshops. Past Engaging Science books include:  Lauri Lebo’s The Devil in Dover, linked to Darwin Days; Ken Auletta’s Googled, linked to the 40th anniversary of the STS program; Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; andTomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food co-written by Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak.

The book we’ve chosen for this year’s book club is  Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World by Michael Chorost. This début book is the story of Chorost’s journey – from deafness to hearing, from human to cyborg –and how it transformed him. The melding of silicon and flesh has long been the stuff of science fiction. But as Chorost reveals in this witty, poignant, and illuminating memoir, fantasy is now giving way to reality.

The book club will meet during the spring semester 2016 in anticipation of Chorost’s residency on campus for the College’s initiative, Collaraborative Arts Across the Disciplines. If you are interested in participating, we can provide a copy of the book for you and, if you wish to incorporate discussion of the book in a class we can provide copies for your students as well. Please contact Profess Jose Perillan (joperillan@vassar.edu) to request copies of the book, or if you have any questions. And please feel free to forward this information to anyone (staff, students, community members) who might be interested.

CCAS has a small budget ($5000 maximum) for purchasing books, speaker’s honoraria, refreshments, etc.  If you have a specific suggestion for a future Engaging Science Book Club, please contact Asprey CCAS Director Jill Schneiderman.