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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 11:00 a.m. to 12 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.

 

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 The UNF Book Club will meet in the 2018 Summer Term 

  

The book selection is Do The Gods Wear Capes? Spirituality, Fantasy, and Superheroes by Ben Saunders

 

 

   

 

Brash, bold, and sometimes brutal, superheroes might seem to epitomize modern pop-culture at its most melodramatic and mindless. But according to Ben Saunders, the appeal of the superhero is fundamentally metaphysical - even spiritual - in nature. In chapter-length analyses of the early comic book adventures of Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and Iron-Man, Saunders explores a number of complex philosophical and theological issues, including: the problem of evil; the will-to-power; the tension between intimacy and vulnerability; and the challenge of love, in the face of mortality. He concludes that comic book fantasies of the superhuman ironically reveal more than we might care to admit about our human limitations, even as they expose the falsehood of the characteristically modern opposition between religion and science. Clearly and passionately written, this insightful and at times exhilarating book should delight all readers who believe in the redemptive capacity of the imagination, regardless of whether they consider themselves comic book fans 

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The 2018 Summer Book Club discussion meeting will be held on Wednesday, July11 from 11:00 a.m.. to 12:00 p.m. in the Carpenter Library, Room 2405.

 

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