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The SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Engagement, is piloting an online book club hosted through Goodreads. We invite our alumni to read and discuss a book that is meaningful to the campus community. Book club members will have three weeks to read each book, followed by one week of online discussion. 

About the Book: 

The book club's first title will be the College’s 2017 Common Read:Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Raceby Margot Lee Shetterly. The book tracks the careers of three African American female mathematicians who worked behind the scenes at NASA and its predecessor the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics doing complex mathematical calculations. As mechanical computers improved, these women became computer programmers and engineers as the space program moved forward toward human flight in the early 1960s. 

Joining the Book Club: 

  • Please visit theGoodreads websiteand create an account. 
  • Once you have an account, request to join theSUNY Oneonta Alumni Book ClubYou'll have access to the group once you are approved. 
  • All members are responsible for obtaining their own copy of the book.
  • Start reading! The online book club for our first title will begin on August 28.    
  • Participate in the online discussion. The first question will be posted on September 17, with additional questions to follow. Members will receive a notification from Goodreads when each discussion question has been posted. 

Special Event: 

Shetterly, a Sloan Foundation fellow, will give the 2017 Mills Distinguished Lecture on September 25, 2017, at 7 p.m. All book club members are invited to join us on campus for the lecture. Once you have registered for the book club, ticket information will follow. 

The Mills Distinguished Lectureship is named to honor the memory of Professor Albert Mills and his wife Helena. Their bequest to the College at Oneonta Foundation led to the establishment in 1988 of a fund to bring prominent speakers to our campus.