Faculty, staff signing up for Mercy Book Club’s “Spectacular Things”

Participants in this semester’s Mercy Book Club will read and discuss “Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way: Lessons from an Urban Classroom,” a case study of what can happen when teachers respond to student needs and desires in shaping their courses.

Interested faculty and staff can “sign on” for the Book Club discussions and receive a complimentary copy of Spectacular Things by contacting Ann Touhy in the School of Education (G-203) at touhy@sxu.edu or (773) 298-3177).

Discussion sessions are scheduled from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 20 and Tues., April 16 in the Bishop Quarter Room. In addition, a conversation with “Spectacular Things” author Brian Schultz will take place from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Wed., March 6 in the Butler Reception Room.

The Mercy Book Club, a partnership between the Office for University Mission and Heritage and an academic unit, provides an opportunity for faculty and staff members from different disciplines to learn about and discuss some of the ethical or value-laden issues faced by their colleagues in another field. Faculty from the School of Education, this year’s academic partner, selected “Spectacular Things,” in part because it champions classroom creativity over curricular standardization.