Diversity Book Group

Diversity Book Group

The Diversity Book Group is a simple concept. It is open to all and is for those who want to learn about the wide variety of cultures and traditions on our campus by discussing books at lunchtime. It is meant to be an informal and social experience for those with open minds and an enthusiasm for reading. Suggestions for session leaders and books for discussion are very welcome. You can contact us by email library@glasgow.ac.uk or on social media @uofglibrary.


Upcoming Sessions


Session 5 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

Date: Wednesday 18th April 2018
Time: 13:15 - 14:00
Venue: Library, LoungeLab - Level 3

Session leader: Laura Guthrie, PG Researcher in the School of Critical Studies will lead the session, Lucianne McEvoy who portrayed Siobhan in the critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of the novel says "Curious Incident is told through the eyes of Christopher Boone, a young boy who finds himself with a mystery to solve. His unique way of seeing the world leads him and the readers on an adventure that will uncover some difficult truths with beautiful honesty."

Copies of the book are available to borrow using your UofG Library card


Previous Sessions


Session 1 - Kindred by Octavia Butler

Date: Wednesday 25 October 2017
Time: 13:15 - 14:00
Venue: Library, Green Pod - Level 3

Session leader: Dr Rob Maslen, School of Critical Studies Rob Maslen convenes the University’s Masters in Fantasy Literature. He says he chose this book because it “brilliantly uses the fantastic premise of time travel to confront the horrors of slavery in pre-Civil War America”.

Copies of the book are available to borrow using your UofG Library card

Session 2 The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot

Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017
Time: 13:15 - 14:00
Venue: Library, Green Pod - Level 3

Speaker: Professor Kevin O’Dell, MVLS is Professor of Behaviour Genetics and Dean of Public Engagement. He says he chose this book because it "tells a remarkable story prejudice and idealism, and a faith in science that has helped to save thousands of lives, but in the process nearly destroyed a family".

Copies of the book are available to borrow using your UofG Library card

Session 3 - Trumpet by Jackie Kay

Date: Wednesday 14th February 2018
Time: 13:15 - 14:00
Venue: Library, LoungeLab - Level 3

Session leader: Lauren McDougall, Vice President (Student Support), Students’ Representative Council says 'Trumpet is one of those books that stays with you long after you put it down. Through her range of narratives Kay subtly exposes and challenges some of the most prevalent misconceptions that society places upon those who live their lives outwith the strict gender binary. Not only is this a beautiful book for LGBT History Month, it’s even more pertinent given that Jackie Kay is our current Scots Makar and a proud member of the LGBT community herself'.

Copies of the book are available to borrow using your UofG Library card

Session 4 - Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women who Helped win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Date: Wednesday 28th March 2018
Time: 13:15 - 14:00
Venue: Library, LoungeLab - Level 3

Session leader: Hannah Yoken, PhD Researcher in Gender History says "Hidden Figures is an approachable and compelling work of historical non-fiction. By exploring the intersection of gender and race relations in the United States during the mid 20th century, and the crucial role scientific thinking has played in our recent past, this book is a relevant and thought-provoking read in the current social and political climate."

Copies of the book are available to borrow using your UofG Library card