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Books that Change the World Seminar

Books that Change the World Seminar

Notre Dame College is proud to present its ninth “Books that Change the World” seminar series for the 2017-2018 academic year. Join us for the program offering leaders and aspiring leaders—and anyone with a passion for lifelong learning—the opportunity to meet and discuss a different reading once each month and a common theme for the year.

This year the series theme is Books as Bridges Working with esteemed College faculty on our South Euclid, Ohio, campus, participants will seek insight into the moral, social and cultural challenges faced by leaders of the past and present.

To register or for additional information, contact Tina Jurcisin at 216.373.6520 or

“Books as Bridges” Series Overview

In reading and reflecting last year on who our neighbors are, participants were glad to stretch beyond the boundaries of the familiar. This year, we will continue to build bridges to the world through the works of award-winning authors. Both the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Anisfield-Wolf Award recognize authors for their contributions to human understanding, often across fault lines of bitter conflict, and for their use of language to illuminate humanity’s search for what is deeper and truer than politics and fear.


Readings For 2017-2018

The theme for this year’s “Great Books” Books That Change the World Series is “Books as Bridges” We will meet in sessions on either Tuesday evenings (6-8 p.m.) and Thursday mornings (7-9 a.m.) beginning in September. The programs will be led by Professor Sr. Eileen Quinlan and Associate Professor Ken Palko.

19 or 21

The House of the Spirits (1982)Isabel Allende

17 or 19

Snow (2002)Orhan Pamuk

7 or 9

Unlikely Brothers (2012)Michael Mattocks and John Prendergast

12 or 14

On Beauty (2006)Zadie Smith


Love in the Time of Cholera  (1985)Gabriel Garcia Marquez

13 or 15

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China  (2003)Jung Chang

13 or 15

Judas (2016)Amos Oz

10 or 12

Waiting for the Barbarians(1980)J.M. Coetzee


The fee for the series will be the same as it was last year, $395, which includes the costs of sessions, books, materials, continental breakfast at morning sessions and light hors d’oeuvres and dessert at evening sessions. For more information, or to register, please contact Tina Jurcisin at 216.373.6520 or


Registration & Relevance

Register now and join us on campus once each month during the academic year

Seminars anchored in the “great books tradition” draw leaders into thought-provoking analyses of contemporary issues through the medium of timeless literature and are among the most eagerly sought-after personal enrichment and professional development experiences. The ideas, concepts and situations these works present are as relevant to today’s challenges and opportunities as when they were first penned.

The College invites organizational or community leaders, or people who are passionate about great books and lifelong learning, to participate in our annual “Books that Change the World” and join peers in stimulating discussions about fine literature.