Biography and economics will be the two major genres engaged by participants in the Mohawk Valley Monthly Book Club as it prepares for its first meeting in late September. In February 2011, two high school teachers, Lou Parrotta of Proctor High School and Peter Anderson of New Hartford High School, joined with the Alexander Hamilton Institute to found the book club. Mr. Parrotta and Mr. Anderson organize monthly gatherings, which are designed to serve the needs and interests of area high school teachers. Each meeting includes a guest appearance by a college professor or other scholar who is a specialist in the subject of the assigned book.
For 2011-2012, participants will read the following books:
1. Alexander Hamilton by Richard Brookhiser (September)
2. Giants by John Stauffer (October)
3. And Gently He Shall Lead Them: Robert Parris Moses and Civil Rights in Mississippi By Eric Burner (Early December)
4. Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt (January)
5. Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power by John Steele Gordon(first half) (February)
6. Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power by John Steele Gordon (second half) (March)
7. The Slavery Debates, 1952-1990: A Retrospective by Robert William Fogel (April)
8. More Work for Mother by Ruth Schwartz Cowan (May)
Books are provided free of charge by the AHI. Twenty seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. Those interested should contact Lou or Peter at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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