What we're about
The Sit Down & Speak Up Book Club meets up in Eugene, Oregon. Active members recommend books of interest to the group as a whole. Discussions are scheduled one or more times each month, with book titles chosen and announced about a month in advance. Allowing Meetup email notifications will keep you informed about book recommendations and discussion events.
There's no need to RSVP at Meetup if you've already done so at Facebook, as events are posted at both sites. Join us anytime a book interests you!
The Sit Down & Speak Up Book Club is comprised of curious, critical, and compassionate conversationalists who read books and discuss their reading experiences, thoughts, and opinions, openly and respectfully.
Improvement of the human condition is of particular interest (e.g., progressivism; humanism; human rights; equal rights; gender equality; feminism; racial, social, economic & environmental justice, etc.).
During book discussions, we simply sit down and speak up, taking turns, round-table style (just pass or play). Diverse and divergent thoughts, questions, and opinions are wanted, and each voice is valued and heard.
Group Discussion Guidelines
• Listen attentively without interrupting others (a compassionate conversation allows for each speaker to complete his/her own thoughts, free from distractions and disruptions; kindly listen).
• Always speak kindly and compassionately (discourse is dependent upon disagreement; offer criticism in constructive ways that open a point up for discussion rather than disrespect).
• Take turns, being mindful of total talk time (everyone’s voice is valued and will be heard; be mindful of how often and how long you speak; a silent timer will be used to ensure equity).
• Keep the discussion relevant and on track (brief digressions are fine, as they allow us to share experiences that are relevant to the topic, but don’t sidetrack or derail the discussion).
If these guidelines are agreeable to you and you agree to follow them, please join The Sit Down & Speak Up Book Club.
Sometimes initial interest just doesn't lead to active engagement. Members who don't visit the group or view posts for three months, or have accumulated three discussion 'no-shows' will simply be removed from the group. Thanks for your understanding, and may you discover a "just right" book club.
Please be advised: This group has a strict no solicitation policy. Membership in the group for solicitation purposes is strictly prohibited. Members who market goods and/or services to other members, whether online via this Meetup group or in-person during events, will be removed from the group. If you are aware of any violation of this policy, please contact the organizer immediately.