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Alumni Book Club: Spring Read

The Nevada Alumni Book Club is an online community where alumni can connect with each other and enjoy books from a range of genres. There is no cost to participate – you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. If you haven't signed up you can do so online to join in on the conversation. 

Our spring read is 
High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out by Amanda Ripley! We can't wait to start reading and discussing this book with you on Friday, March 18th

High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out investigates how good people get captured by high conflict--and how they break free. New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley explores specific examples of different types of people who were all drawn into high conflict by similar forces, including conflict entrepreneurs, humiliation, and false binaries. But ultimately, all of them found ways to transform high conflict into something good, something that made them better people. They rehumanized and recatego¬rized their opponents, and they revived curiosity and wonder, even as they continued to fight for what they knew was right. People do escape high conflict. Individuals—even entire communities—can short-circuit the feedback loops of outrage and blame, if they want to. This is a mind-opening new way to think about conflict that will transform how we move through the world.

"Insightful and enthralling...with a scrupulous eye for scientific evidence that is rare in a book this entertaining, Ripley also explains how it is possible for hardened combatants to leave behind the conflicts that once defined the core of their identity." — New York Times Book Review\

Suggested Reading Schedule:
On March 18th, reply to our Before the Book question and begin to read the book
By April 1st, finish reading Chapter 1 - 2
By April 8th, finish reading Chapter 3
By April 15th, finish reading Chapter 4
By April 29th, finish reading Chapter 5
By May 13th, finish reading the book; then join us in our end-of-book discussion topic in the forum

How it works
The book club will connect through a private online forum where people can discuss the current book and network with each other. The group will spend two months on each book, so you'll have plenty of time to read. To learn more visit our sign-up page.

What book are we reading?
We will spend roughly 2-3 months reading each book and in advance of starting a new book, members will have an opportunity to vote on the next book. We haven't held the vote for this book just yet but if you join today, you can vote on our next pick!

Why should you join?
There are three main reasons we hope you'll be excited to participate in our book club:

1) Connect with fellow alumni
2) Be a part of a lifelong learning community
3) Reading is good for you!

We hope you’ll join us on the literary adventures that lie ahead!

Dial-In Information

The book club will be managed by PBC Guru. PBC Guru manages professional book clubs for companies and the Nevada Alumni Association and will be moderating the group to help make this program a great experience for all participants. Please email them at with any questions or visit their website at to see more of what they do.

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