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Healing from This Academic Life CCCC Reading Circle



Healing from This Academic Life CCCC Reading Circle

Monday, July 8, 2024 | 3:00 p.m. ET


This CCCC reading circle will delve into Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski and focus on our labor as teachers, especially what embodiment means for our profession and our worldview. The following questions will guide this reading circle:

  • As college education becomes more transactional, how does this affect our attitudes, ambitions, confidence, and place within the landscape, and what can we learn or do to resist or prevent “burnout” or despair?
  • What does this changing landscape do to our bodies, minds, and spirit?
  • What can be gleaned from the book to affirm, embolden, or revive our desire to keep teaching, leading, and/or fighting for our students’ minds?

Reading Circle Structure 

  • The reading circle will meet three times during July and early August, and attendees will read two to three chapters in advance of each meeting.
  • The first 30 to 45 minutes of each meeting will be time to share about “our feels,” and the second 30 to 45 minutes will be a discussion about “what we do.”

Schedule and Readings 

  • Meeting 1: Monday, July 8, 3:00 p.m. ET, read Part 1: What You Take with You
  • Meeting 2: Week of July 22, read Part 2: The Real Enemy
  • Meeting 3: Week of August 5, read Part 3: Wax On, Wax Off

 Note: The second and third meetings will be scheduled in their respective weeks based on the availability of attendees at the first meeting.


Don’t forget to purchase your copy of Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle in advance of the first meeting! (NCTE and independent bookstores receive a small commission from purchases made using the link provided.)

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This reading circle will be facilitated by CCCC Executive Committee members:
Kofi J. Adisa, Howard Community College, Columbia, MD
Antonio Byrd, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Tiane Donahue, Dartmouth College, NH
Ashanka Kumari, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Bethany E. Sweeney, Des Moines Area Community College, IA 

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