Ethics Center selects 3 engrossing books for spring discussions

Contact: Taylor Koopman

Part of the spring book clubs promotional flyer.KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Ethical questions involving genetic engineering, cultural preservation and U.S. immigration policy are up for student and public discussion during Western Michigan University's spring semester.

The Center for the Study of Ethics in Society is hosting three book clubs that begin Thursday, Jan. 17, and continue through the end of March. The public is invited to participate along with WMU students and employees.

Students from the University will earn WMU Signature credit if they attend all scheduled meetings of any of the book clubs. Books will be provided free of charge to the first 10 people who sign up for a book club at no later than one week before the club's first meeting.

Book clubs

  • "Parasite" by Mira Grant will be led by Tyler Gibb, co-director of the Medical Humanities, Ethics and Law Program at the WMU Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Meetings about this dystopian fiction novel are set for 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31, at Central City Tap House, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall in Kalamazoo.
  • "Philosophy in the Islamic World: A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps" by Peter Adamson will be led by WMU philosophy graduate student Alex Hoffman. Meetings about this third volume in the series A History of Philosophy based on the podcast of the same name are set for 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 11, 18 and 25 and March 11, on campus in the Ethics Center, Room 2072 Moore Hall.
  • "The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail" by Jason de Leon will be led by WMU comparative religion graduate student Coral Cervantes. Meetings about this anthropological book are set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 27 and March 13 and 20, on campus in the Ethics Center, Room 2072 Moore Hall.

To learn more, visit the Ethics Center's book clubs webpage.

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