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Dr. Raschke Reads What?
As has become our tradition, we begin the new academic year with a reading list from the College's most recent winner of the Max A. Lavine Award for Excellence in Teaching. This year's awardee, Dr. Lynne Raschke, is an Associate Professor in the Physical Sciences. Dr. Raschke will address students and faculty at the College's annual convocation ceremony on Thursday, September 8.
The House of the Spirits by
Call Number: PQ8098.1.L54 C313 1985
Really, I could list any of Allende’s works. My other favorites include Daughter of Fortune, Island Beneath the Sea, or her memoir, Paula. I lived in California for 11 years and every time I read Allende (in English), I desperately wish I had learned Spanish while I was living there.
Call Number: E208 .M396 2005
This was the first book by McCullough I read and devoured it in a way that I
usually only do with novels. It was so engaging! I’ve also enjoyed some of his other books.
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry by
Call Number: PS615 .V46 1990
This is the only book on my list that was an assigned book. I took a poetry
writing class my freshman year of college and it was this book that introduced me to so many 20th century poets I had never read before, including one of my favorite poets, Marilyn Hacker.
How People Learn by
Call Number: LB1060 .H672 2000
Even though most graduate students in science have aspirations of becoming a faculty member at a college or university, it is very rare that they receive any instruction in teaching during their graduate training. After being thrown into my first TA position with no training, I sought out opportunities to learn more about how to teach. (I come from a family of K12 educators so I knew there was a wealth of knowledge on pedagogy out there!) I was so fortunate to get connected with a number of incredible science educators willing to teach a cohort of science grad students about cognitive science, pedagogy, and educational research. This book was one of the first I read on the topic and it still has a big impact in how I think about my teaching.
Harry Potter Series by
I have to admit – I love these books. I started reading the series in 2000 when a 14-year old I was tutoring lent me her first 3 books. I have tended to reread the whole series every year and now, I’m really happy I get to read them with my 7-year old! But we’re taking it slowly – we just finished The Prisoner of Azkaban this summer and I think I’ll wait a year before we get to The Goblet of Fire. The books start to get pretty dark and mature at this point and I need to give him time to grown into them.
What are you reading now?
So, I’m the type of person who starts lots of books and reads them all over a long period of time – which one I decide to read on any given day depends on my mood. (Though, occasionally, I’ll power through a single book and finish it in a day. I just did that with The Cursed Child a couple of weeks ago.) But here’s what I’m in the middle of right now:
The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
Desert Island Pick (this is your bonus titlethe book that you can take along to the island for sheer reading pleasure):
Hmm…House of the Spirits is pretty good for desert island reading – but so are the Harry Potter books. Could I take my Kindle with a solar-powered charger? I’m not good at making choices like this.