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Virtual Book Club

The first of two scheduled virtual One Book, One Ursinus discussions took place on Microsoft Teams on Thursday evening, April 16, with faculty, staff, student and administrators.

One Book, One Ursinus brings members of the campus community together to read and discuss a common text. This year, the book is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

“I’m excited for the chance to gather members of our community to discuss Pachinko virtually,” said Diane Skorina, director of research, teaching & learning Services, LIT, and co-Director of the Teaching & Learning Institute.

The One Book, One Ursinus program is intended to bring people together with a shared reading experience, and I am absolutely thrilled to be able to still do this during this difficult time of physical separation,” Skorina said.

The first virtual meeting included an introduction from Meredith Goldsmith, professor of English and associate dean. “Just sharing impressions of the characters and appreciation of the novel itself helped me feel connected with friends and colleagues, she said.

Skorina created the virtual events and invited members of the Ursinus community who had signed up for the program, which began during the fall semester and included the distribution of complimentary copies of the book. Author Min Jin Lee recorded a video introduction to the book especially for the Ursinus community.

One Book, One Ursinus is funded through an Inclusive Community Grant from President’s Office. The next discussion will take place on Wednesday, April 22 at noon. If you would like to participate and have not received an invitation, contact Diane Skorina. –By Monique Kelly