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For anyone who likes or wants to read nonfiction books. We have three ongoing groups: General nonfiction, World War II, and Art History. Full participation is invited and decisions are made as a group. The groups are described below:
This group normally meets about once a month for dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m. at a restaurant in Tumwater/Olympia/Lacey area. We have a theme and book list - already prepared - for the calendar year, from which we use to select our books. Our themes for 2018 include: Memoirs, Legal and Social Justice, World History-Vietnam, Current Affairs and Economics, Medicine and Health, Culture (Art, Music, Sports, etc.), American History, Environment and Science, Philosophy and Religion, World History - Russia. Changes or additions can be made during the year. We normally select about three books, from which we each can choose to read one or more books. Our meetings last until nearly 9:00 p.m. We have around 8-10 people coming to this group on a regular basis.
World War II Group:
The World War II subgroup meets about once a month for dinner at a restaurant in the Tumwater/ Olympia/ Lacey area. We normally choose one book to read for the month, but sometimes more. Tentative themes for 2018, from which we will probably choose books include: Poland, China, Women, Jews and the Holocaust, German Military Leaders, Japanese, America in WWII, Hitler biography, European War and Battles, After-Effects of WWII (Vietnam), The Bomb, and American Military Leaders. Over 60 million people died in WWII, and we've realized the effects for over 70 years. Absolutely everyone should become acquainted with what it was all about. For those who are simply uninterested in reading about a war, we read much more than just about battles (at least whenever I can convince the men to read about other things). We read about people, how military and political decisions are made, the effect of the war on the world, what occurred after the war to protect us from ever having another one like it. WWII covers a lot of territory, literally and figuratively. If you haven't already studied the topic, I'm sure that over time, you would find the reading worthwhile and enlightening. I've found studying this topic truly exciting. Our meetings last until around 8:30 p.m. We usually have 5-8 coming to this group on a regular basis, but we have had around 10 at times.
Art History Group:
Our newest subgroup, the Art History subgroup grew out of the theme of Art that we had in February of 2017. We normally meet about once a month for dinner at a restaurant in the Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater area at 6:00 p.m. We plan a book from month to month on a theme relating to art history or an artist. Those of us who are participating in this group love it and are learning a lot over time. Art museums become more interesting and we are becoming much more knowledgeable about art in general and it's meaning in society. The combined knowledge and contributions of people in the group add a great deal to the fun. We always could use more members in the other groups, but we especially would like more in this group. We've been down to three, but it would be nice to have five or more members in this group.
What I-5 Intellectuals is doing for those of us who are committed to it is motivating us to keep up our reading and by discussing the books, it expands our comprehension and appreciation of what we read. I think the reading becomes more "guided" than if we were just reading on our own. By working with other people, we also get ideas from them for books, and through that, we have been introduced to interesting subjects that we might not have otherwise known about or would read about, and which leads us to further reading. So while expanding our interests, the group process improves our abilities to read more widely and to sometimes tackle more difficult books, which makes even more reading material available to us. Regardless, it is an avenue for enriching one's life.
Feel free to join us at one of our meetings. To do that, RSVP to a group meeting when you notice it posted. You may email me at email@example.com or call me at (360)705-4025 for more information.