Today marked the third meeting of SDIS’ annual J-Term book club. Returning the meeting location to Woulfe Alumni Hall, chapters 12-17, the last chapters of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, were read and discussed. Rob’s life after Yale and leading up to his death were the focus of the section.
The discussion questions for this week’s meeting were the following:
- Revisit Rob’s “statement of purpose” draft for his graduate school application (p. 337). How did this statement affect you?
- What does this “statement of purpose” say about Rob’s authenticity?
- At Rob’s funeral, Raquel addresses a crowd of hundreds using the metaphor of a redwood tree to recognize the glory Rob achieved during his lifetime. She stated, “I take solace in the fact that so many others thrived and found refuge in his shade while he was with us” (p. 390). Why do you think Rob had a high capacity to influence people in his life?
- How might Rob influence readers of this book who become exposed to (pieces of) his story?
This week’s meeting was streamed via Periscope. If you missed the meeting and wanted to catch up on the discussion, the stream is available on SDIS’ Twitter account (@USTDiversity) and Facebook page.
Next week is the last meeting of this year’s J-Term book club. Review the book, and expect an hour of reflection and final thoughts about it as well as related topics such as the author’s perspective and the implications of Robert Peace’s story.
Until next time!