We will be starting a new book for this meeting: Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things that Matter (2016) by Peter Singer. This book can be purchased in paperback for around $15 and as an ebook for around $10.
We are going to finish reading 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West by Roger Crowley. While we don't expect a war that could be called holy, we do expect a discussion that will be wholly engaging and that will encompass much of significance that was happening at the time.
Concerning the nominations of books for the group to read: there are still six slots open. The deadline is September 30. There IS something rather holy about that.
We will introduce our new book, Scholars without Walls: The History of the Minnesota Independent Scholars' Forum. This book, due out in October 2018, tells how a group of unemployed academics became a current-day organization with monthly meetings, study groups, a regular newsletter, and fiscal agency assistance. In addition to a history of the organization, this new book includes examples of writing by independent scholars—on subjects from health insurance to history.
What is a neighborhood and how does change make it better, lessen it, or make it a different world? Step into the past with a presentation illustrated by maps and photographs of historical interest. The maps show what most of south Minneapolis looked like prior to urban development. The photos are of early downtown Minneapolis and the Mississippi River, as well as historical and current-day images of Tangletown. These maps and photos provide a sense of place, identity, and pride in the city where we live.