Book Club

The Book Club is a collaborative effort between the Thomas G. Carpenter Library and the Center for Professional Development & Training and is open to all UNF employees, including OPS and Student Assistants. The Book Club provides employees an opportunity to network with colleagues from other departments and to grow personally and professionally by reading, sharing, and leading discussions. Each term, Book Club members read a book and discuss it over the course of a brown bag lunch. Meetings are held from 11:30am to 1 p.m. in the Library Conference Room, Building 12, Room 2405. Join us for an opportunity to network with others outside of your department, to learn by reading, and to engage in dialogue. Water is provided.


 BK Summer     

 The UNF Book Club will meet in the 2015 Summer Term 


The book selection is "The Virtues of Captain America: Modern-Day Lessons on Character from a World War II Superhero" by Mark D. White



 The first look at the philosophy behind the Captain America comics and movies, publishing in advance of the movie release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In The Virtues of Captain America, philosopher and long-time comics fan Mark D. White argues that the core principles, compassion, and judgment exhibited by the 1940's comic book character Captain America remain relevant to the modern world. Simply put, "Cap" embodies many of the classical virtues that have been important to us since the days of the ancient Greeks: honesty, courage, loyalty, perseverance, and, perhaps most importantly, honor. Full of entertaining examples from more than 50 years of comic books, White offers some serious philosophical discussions of everyone's favorite patriot in a light-hearted and accessible way. Presents serious arguments on the virtues of Captain America while being written in a light-hearted and often humorous tone Introduces basic concepts in moral and political philosophy to the general reader Utilizes examples from 50 years of comics featuring Captain America, the Avengers, and other Marvel superheroes Affirms the value of "old-fashioned" virtues for the modern world without indulging in nostalgia for times long passed Reveals the importance of the sound principles that America was founded upon.."



The 2015 Summer Book Club discussion meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 22 from 11:30 to 1:00 in the Carpenter Library, Room 2405.

The first 13 people to register for the 2015 Spring Book Club will receive a free copy of the book. 

Additional registrants can purchase the book from Amazon.

Registrants will receive the discussion questions one week before the Book Club meeting. 




Previous UNF Book Club Selections

Title Author Term
"How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery" Kevin Ashton Spring 2015
"Quiet Influence: The Introvert's Guide to Making a Difference" Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, PhD Fall 2014
"David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants"  Malcolm Gladwell Spring 2014
"Lean In"      Sheryl Sandberg Fall 2013
"Everyone Communicates, Few Connect" John C. Maxwell Spring 2012
"Outcasts United" Warren St. John Fall 2011
"Generations, Inc.: From Boomers to Linksters - managing the Friction Between Generations at Work Meagan Johnson & Larry Johnson Summer 2011
"It’s Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change"  Joan Borysenko, Ph.D Spring 2011
 "The Checklist Manifesto"  Atul Gawande Fall 2010
"Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life"  Len Fisher   Fall 2010
"Highest Duty" Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger  Summer 2010
"From Average to Awesome" Jim Smith, Jr. Spring 2010


Dan Hill Fall 2009
"Outliers: The Story of Success" Malcolm Gladwell  Summer 2009
"Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters" Porras, Emery & Thompson Spring 2009
"A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future" Daniel H. Pink Fall 2008
"Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions" Dan Ariely  Fall 2008
"Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything" Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  Summer 2008
"Practical Intelligence" Karl Albrecht  Spring 2008
"Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes" Mark J. Penn & E. Kinney Zalesne  Spring 2008
"The Speed of Trust" Stephen Covey Fall 2007
"Dealing With People You Can't Stand" Rick Brinkman  Fall 2007
"Getting Things Done" David Allen Summer 2007
"The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team" Patrick Lencioni  Spring 2007
"Death By Meeting" Patrick Lencioni  Spring 2007
"The Discipline of Execution" Larry Bossidy  Fall 2006
"How Full is Your Bucket" Tom Rath  Fall 2006
"Now Discover your Strengths" Marcus Buckingham  Summer 2006
"First Break all the Rules" Marcus Buckingham  Spring 2006
"The Tipping Point" Malcolm Gladwell  Spring 2006
"Blink" Malcolm Gladwell  Fall 2005
"Primal Leadership" Daniel Goleman  Fall 2005
"Emotional Intelligence" Daniel Goleman  Summer 2005
"Good to Great" Jim Collins Summer 2005
"Crucial Confrontations" Kerry Patterson  Spring 2005
"Crucial Conversations" Kerry Patterson  Spring 2005