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Honors Book Labs

Honors Book Labs are four-week faculty-run book groups that engage 4-5 Honors students in cross-disciplinary conversation. Faculty select books on any topic and for any reason: they might choose books they teach or ones they'd like to read, recent prizewinners or topical bestsellers, local gems or international classics, works of fact or fiction. Honors Book Labs all share four key learning outcomes: they introduce students to new ideas, engage them in cross-disciplinary conversation, encourage critical thinking, and connect them to their local and global communities.

All Book Labs meet four times: one hour per week during the second through fifth weeks of each term. Honors buys all books and tracks enrollment and waitlists for each Book Lab. Faculty lead discussions, but they do not evaluate work or assign grades for this experience. Instead, Honors students earn one Honors point once they have attended all four meetings and submitted a written reflection about how the Book Lab met the learning outcomes described above.

Students may enroll in only one Book Lab per term, and students who fail to complete a reflection for a Book Lab in one semester may not register for another the following term. Please call 435-797-2715 or email honors@usu.edu immediately if you can no longer participate in a Book Lab in which you have enrolled. Demand is high, and Honors wants to accommodate as many students as possible. Enrolled students must complete all Book Lab requirements or return the book to remain in good standing with the University Honors Program. Good standing includes the privilege to enroll in future Book Labs, as well as other privileges such as early registration.

Book Lab Registration Instructions

Students may participate in only one Honors Book Lab per month, but you may select your preference for up to three labs of your choice.

The Google forms for both the July 2020 and August 2020 Book Labs will go live Wednesday, June 10,  at 3:30 p.m. MST, and they must be completed separately. Register for July or August Book Labs by clicking on the link within any of that month’s Book Lab descriptions and then completing the form, which will give you the option to select your top three Honors Book Lab choices for the month in which you are registering.

Please keep in mind that you can complete the form twice: once for July Book Labs and once for August Book Labs (you may, of course, just select one month or the other). Honors will determine enrollment for each lab based on the timestamp of submission. Once a lab fills with five students, we will start a waitlist. All students will be enrolled or waitlisted for their top choices, and we will contact students by email with the results of this process. 

For the July and August Book Labs, Honors can send books one of two ways: we can ship the physical book to you or email you a code for a pre-purchased e-book. The registration form will allow you to indicate a preference and provide us with the appropriate mailing address or email address. Please note that if this section is not fully completed, you will be neither registered nor waitlisted for the Book Labs of your choice.

 
To find the registration links for July and August Book Labs,  click on the book cover or the book title.

July 2020 Book Labs

 

Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space (By Amanda Leduc)

Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space (By Amanda Leduc)

Led by Professor Raymond Veon, this Book Lab meets on Mondays from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (7/6 – 7/27) via WebEx.

No Game for Boys to Play: The History of Youth Football and the Origins of a Public Health Crisis (By Kathleen Bachynski)

No Game for Boys to Play: The History of Youth Football and the Origins of a Public Health Crisis (By Kathleen Bachynski)

Led by Dr. Chris Babits via WebEx, this Book Lab meets on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (7/8 – 7/29) via WebEx.

The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (By Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edited by Brooks Atkinson, Introduction by  Mary Oliver)

The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (By Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edited by Brooks Atkinson, Introduction by Mary Oliver)

Led by Dr. Mitchell Colver, this Book Lab meets on Wednesdays from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (7/8 – 7/29) via WebEx.

The Housekeeper and the Professor (By Yoko Ogawa)

The Housekeeper and the Professor (By Yoko Ogawa)

Led by Dr. Karin DeJonge-Kannan, this Book Lab meets on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (7/8 – 7/29) via WebEx.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (By Robin DiAngelo)

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (By Robin DiAngelo)

Led by Dr. Ryan Seedall via WebEx, this Book Lab meets on Mondays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (7/6 – 7/27) via WebEx.

August 2020 Book Labs

 

Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State (By Barton Gellman)

Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State (By Barton Gellman)

Led by Dr. Alexa Sand and Ms. Briana Bowen, this Book Lab meets on Mondays from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (8/3 – 8/24) via WebEx.

Denying to the Grave (By Sara E. Gorman and Jack M. Gorman)

Denying to the Grave (By Sara E. Gorman and Jack M. Gorman)

Led by Professor Denise Stewardson, this Book Lab meets on Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (8/4 – 8/25) via WebEx.

Monster (By Walter Dean Myers)

Monster (By Walter Dean Myers)

Led by Professor Rebecca Charlton via WebEx, this Book Lab meets on Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (8/4 – 8/25) via WebEx.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know (By Malcolm Gladwell)

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know (By Malcolm Gladwell)

Led by Dr. Debra Monson via WebEx, this Book Lab meets on Mondays from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (8/3 – 8/24) via WebEx.

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism (By Naoki Higashida, translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell)

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism (By Naoki Higashida, translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell)

Led by Professor LoraLynn Allen, this Book Lab meets on Wednesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (8/5 – 8/26) via WebEx.