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U of T Alumni Virtual Book Club

Connect with fellow alumni who love books

  • A virtual book club for U of T alumni
  • The first session begins on May 18, 2020 and runs until July 13, 2020
  • Each session covers one book with weekly discussions
  • Registration Deadline: May 18 (to make the most of the discussion)
  • Missed the registration deadline? Please email regional.programs@alumni.utoronto.ca
  • Already read the book? You’re still welcome to join in the discussion!

The University of Toronto is pleased to invite you to join our new Alumni Virtual Book Club. Join fellow alumni for lively discussion about books related to lifelong learning, social issues, psychology and more. 

Our first title is Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know by U of T alumnus Malcolm Gladwell (BA, Trinity, 1984). 

Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author of Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

How it Works
The U of T Alumni Virtual Book Club will connect through a private forum, powered by PBC Guru, where participants can discuss the current book and network with each other. Joining is free; you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy.

To get started and access the book club, you will need to create an account via our book club portal:

  • Click on the "Registration" button on the side bar to your right
  • You'll be taken directly to the sign-up page
  • Fill out the mandatory fields and then join
  • You'll be sent a confirmation email and a link to join the group

Computer Literacy
You will need to have knowledge of the following skills to participate in this book club:

  • Ability to use online communication tools, such as email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments), discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers.
  • Understanding of basic computer hardware and software; ability to perform computer operations, such as:
    • Using software applications, such as email programs
    • Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking
    • Internet skills (connecting, accessing, using browsers) and ability to perform online research using search engines

U of T Alumni Online

U of T alumni online programming includes free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), the U of T alumni book club, and online lectures and webinars on a wide range of topics from health to computing to Indigenous Studies.

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COVID-19 Update:

For community safety, in-person events are currently postponed or cancelled. Explore virtual events and resources for alumni on the #StayHome hub. Are you a 2020 graduate? Start your lifelong access. Have questions? Contact us.

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