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UT Martin Engage Civic Initiative to host online book discussions

The University of Tennessee at Martin Engage Civic Initiative is hosting three online events this fall to discuss the Engage the Book common reader “Callings” by David Isay. The Zoom links will be announced on the Engage the Book website at

The meetings are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. The meeting dates and discussion leaders are:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020: Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020: Dr. Mark McCloud, UT Martin interim chief diversity and inclusion officer
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020: Dr. Lynn Alexander, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts

“Callings” is available free of charge for all UT Martin faculty, staff and first-year students through the university’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Complimentary copies are also available for community members at the C. E. Weldon Public Library in Martin and the Obion County Public Library in Union City.

According to Dr. David Carithers, associate professor of English and Engage the Book coordinator, “‘Callings’ encourages readers to re-think their approaches to work and study. From astronauts to bricklayers, contractors to dentists, the real people in these pages love their jobs and will inspire readers to seek more out of their employment than just the money. Focusing on the key question of why we work, ‘Callings’ is sure to engage readers in various stages of their careers—from students to retirees—and will please anyone who likes uplifting stories.”

For more information, visit, or contact Carithers at 731-881-7237 or


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