The Cambridge Reading Club

Fostering meaningful conversations about things that matter

A note from Sam Ferguson (Fitzwilliam)

I miss Cambridge formal halls. Not just the grand old halls, cuisines, and gowns, but even more so the conversations. Where else will you find an aspiring sociologist, chemist, theologian, and barrister deep in conversation about everything from polymers and statutes to fine wine and mince pies? Over these meals our particular fields of learning sought relevance in a much broader world of ideas and, as thinkers and learners, we were broadened and deepened by each other’s own academic pursuits and passions. Not to mention, many delightful friendships were made along the way.

The aim of the Cambridge Reading Club is to foster a similar environment of learning and fellowship for Cambridge Alumni in the greater DC area. The format will include reading two books a year chosen from the Cambridge University Press Canto Classics series, which includes the best of Cambridge publishing, both classic and recent. The group will meet roughly four times a year, or twice per book, over a meal and drinks. The hope is that the rich content of the books, along with the diversity of interests and vocations around the table, will foster meaningful conversations about things that matter. Along with these conversations, of course, new friendships will be made and University memories retold.

If you are interested in learning more about The Cantab DC Reading Club please contact Sam Ferguson ( Pictures of past reading club outings can be found online. Please also take a look at Cambridge in America's online book club.


Reading Club Events: 

We will hold our first gathering at the Willard Hotel's Peacock Alley. Our first book is a historical piece, The Conquests of Alexander the Great, by Waldemar Heckel. The author casts the rise and fall of one of the greatest military leaders of history with precision and brevity, while aiming to demonstrate how Alexander came to bear the appellation, The Great. We will be covering the introduction through chapter 5 of "The Conquests of Alexander the Great" by Waldemar Heckel. You can find the book on Amazon if not at the library.

Thursday, 5/9/13 at 7:30pm
Fostering meaningful conversations about things that matter



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