Academic Book Clubs – Online!

What: One book for each participant (up to $300 total)
Who: UCR Faculty and Graduate Students (with significant participation from CHASS faculty and graduate students)
Deadline: Applications may be submitted up to one year in advance, but must be received no later than the 15th of the month before the start of the quarter in which the workshop will occur: Sept 15 (Fall 2020), Dec 15 (Winter 2021), March 15, 2021 (Sprig 2021) or June 15 (Summer 2021).

Stay engaged with colleagues this quarter through online Book Clubs. Invite a group of 4 or more colleagues and select a book – it’s that easy!

Book Club awards cover the purchase of books for virtual groups of faculty and/or graduate students who agree to meet up online to discuss sections of the book at least 5 times over the coming quarter. Though we ask that at least half the participants be CHASS faculty and/or graduate students, conveners and other club members may be from any school or college at UCR.

Club leaders convene meetings via Zoom or other online meeting room services. Selected titles should have the potential to engage multiple perspectives, disciplines and methods in critical inquiry. Inclusive, cross-disciplinary groups are encouraged. At the end of the quarter, groups will be asked to provide feedback on their experiences.

If you are forming a group but want more members, share your club information with us and we will send out a call for participants.

To apply, email the following information to, subject line “Book club.”

  • Name of convener(s) and/or host of online meeting
  • Book title and why it was selected*
  • Names/Departments of confirmed participants and their home addresses for book delivery
  • Tentative number of meetings and date/time (if known)
  • *Include a link to the title and edition on the online book vendor of your choice