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Spotlight: Summer Book Club!

            For a second summer in a row, the Democracy and Governance Program is proudly hosting our Summer Book Club. Students and professors get together once a month on a muggy DC evening at Exiles Bar on U Street to discuss a book with implications for the study of democracy. The club typically reads 3-4 books each summer, all with a common theme that ties in to political discourse in some way. This summer's theme is Dystopia and Democracy.  We'll be reading works of fiction that create future worlds gone wrong, discussing the stories and themes both in their own right and as they relate to politics around the world today. Book club is always a good way to get together and unwind with good friends, good food, and of course, good stories. The four novels that our students are cracking open this June, July, and August are:


We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Blindness by Jose Saramago

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

We hope you read along with us, but remember, "Big Brother is always watching..."