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Spartan Book Club


The Spartan Book Club encourages alumni and friends to virtually connect with each other to read and discuss books on a range of topics. There is no cost to participate and a new book will be chosen approximately every two months — simply purchase the book or borrow it from your local library. The book club is open to all Spartans — alumni, faculty, staff and friends. You can join the book club at any time and do not have to participate in every reading session.

What the Eyes Don't See 

The Spartan Book Club is pleased to present What the Eyes Don't See — a live, virtual conversation with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, physician, activist and author. You’ll hear the story of how Dr. Mona stood up to government officials who dismissed the Flint water crisis and how she and a small team of advocates got the government to pay attention and take action.

Join us April 29 at 6 p.m. ET.

If you register before April 13, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a copy of "What the Eyes Don’t See."

Register by April 27

What the Eyes Don't See

Spartan Book Club

How it works

There are no meetings of the Spartan Book Club - you can participate anywhere you have Internet access and on days and times that are convenient for you.

  • The book club is entirely online and connects through a private forum.
  • All discussions and networking takes place in the forum. New to online forums? Check out the Spartan Book Club Tips.
  • The forum is managed by a moderator from PBC Guru.
  • The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles and facilitate conversation about topics in the book based on where members should be in the reading schedule.  Generally, you’ll get an email each week from the moderator throughout the entire reading period.
  • Members are encouraged to post in the forum and share as well.

Why should you join?

  1. Connect with Fellow Spartans. The Spartan Book Club will introduce you to MSU alumni, faculty, staff and friends from across backgrounds, geographies, generations and professions. Meet new people and gain different perspectives while reading the book.
  2. Embrace Lifelong Learning. The Spartan Book Club will help you learn and grow with fellow Spartans as you enjoy regular discussions and share personal insights.
  3. Reading is Good for You: Reading can reduce stress, help you sleep better and improve your relationships [1]. Did we mention it also makes you smarter? Reading increases your verbal intelligence, your emotional intelligence and your creativity [2].

What will we read and how often?

We will vote among several options each period and select a book based on participant interests. The group will spend approximately two months on each book, so you’ll have plenty of time to read. You do not have to participate in every book reading and your level of participation in the discussion is entirely up to you.

 2021 Reading Schedule

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For more information: If you have questions about the Spartan Book Club, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email or by calling (517) 884-2106.

1 The Expert Editor, 2016, https://experteditor.com.au/blog/brain-books-benefits-reading/
2 Harvard Business Review, 2012, https://hbr.org/2012/08/for-those-who-want-to-lead-rea/