“We Were Eight Years in Power” Reading Group

Call for Members ~ Limited Space Available

“We Were Eight Years in Power” is a new reading group sponsored by the Paterno Fellows Program and Penn State’s political science honors society, Pi Sigma Alpha, that examines Ta-Nehisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy.

Coates is a prominent columnist at The Atlantic that primarily writes about the intersection between race and politics/culture in the U.S. He recently gave this interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein.

The book is divided into eights chapters, with each chapter being a different article that Coates wrote for the Atlantic during each of the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Prior to each chapter, Coates reflects on the article from a perspective informed both by Coates’ own personal growth throughout Obama’s presidency, as well as in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s presidential victory.

Each meeting will be held in 302 Pond Lab, and will examine one of eight chapters in the book, which will include discussion about the chapter’s content and analysis of its arguments. There will be food and drink provided. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Introduction & Chapter One: Tuesday, October 31, 7:00pm
Chapter Two: Tuesday, November 7, 7:00pm
Chapter Three: Tuesday, November 14, 7:00pm
*Thanksgiving Break*
Chapter Four: Tuesday, November 28, 7:00pm
Chapter Five: Tuesday, December 5, 7:00pm
*Winter Break*
Chapters Six & Seven: Tuesday, January 9, 7:00pm
Chapters Eight & Epilogue: Tuesday, January 16, 7:00pm

The Paterno Fellows Program has graciously purchased 15 copies of the book for us, but they will have to be returned at the conclusion of the discussions in January. If this initial club is successful, we plan on continuing it with a different book into the Spring semester. This book could also be about race, or any other topic per the participants’ wishes.

To join, please fill out this google survey: https://docs.google.com/…/1c6qwBouITAYeMpJAyoydKz5bd8J…/edit.  For more information contact Ethan Paul (ekp5086@psu.edu).

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