Reading Non-Fiction

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

When: Six Consecutive Wednesdays: 

March 28, April 4, April 11; April 18, April 25, and May 2

Place: cSpace King Edward, 1721 29 Avenue S.W. The first three meetings will be in The Treehouse Room at cSpace; the last three will be in Room 310 (CALL’s Room). 

Our goal is to have lively discussions of significant non-fiction works. At each meeting, we will consider assigned sections of a recent non-fiction work, providing a thoughtful space for exploration of a work that addresses topical and wide-ranging issues. We begin with Alexis Okeowo’s A Moonless Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa. This beautifully written work offers narratives of individuals seeking to lead ordinary lives in four troubled African countries.  Always empathetic, never cynical, the author combines sobering facts with compelling stories.  We continue with Katrine Marcal’s Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?  Marcal, a Swedish journalist, questions the concept of self-interested economic man, maintaining that standard economic theory omits to consider values and activities central to human life and wellbeing. Her account is witty and succinct. 

We will focus on evidence, arguments and conclusions as well as on the rhetorical strategies employed by the authors. More generally, we may consider the nature of the non-fiction genre itself. Members of the group will read the selected chunks for each session with a view to discussion and assessment.

Minimum: 6
Maximum: 15
Facilitators: Tamara Seiler and Trudy Govier
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Tamara Seiler retired from the University of Calgary in 2010. She taught classes in Canadian Studies, cultural history and communications.  In addition to many articles, her published works include Alberta a New History, The Wild Rose Anthology of Alberta Prose, and Reel Time: Movie Exhibitors and Movie Audiences in Prairie Canada 1896-1986.  She has co-facilitated other CALL groups and served in a number of administrative positions for CALL.  

Trudy Govier retired from the University of Lethbridge in 2012. She taught philosophy, focussing on social philosophy and critical thinking. In mid-career, Trudy led a small peace studies program at the University of Calgary. She has facilitated several CALL groups on philosophical topics and issues. Her published works include Forgiveness and Revenge, Socrates’ Children, and A Practical Study of Argument.

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