Updated August 18, 2021

The library hosts a range of events on both a recurring and occasional basis. See the 'Upcoming Events’ box on the right for the most up-to-date information. (Looking for a listing of all NMC events? Check out NMC's General Events Calendar and Student Activities Calendar).

Curiosities: Voyages Beyond the Stacks

Finally, a 'book club' for the book club skeptic!

Structured as an ongoing series of topical explorations, Curiosities is a chance to connect with fellow lifelong learners at NMC. We take one topic at a time, spending four consecutive weeks per topic. Each week we gather to discuss a shared bit of reading, listening or viewing.

Sign up for multiple topics throughout the year or just the one that interests you most. Fall 2021 sessions will meet on Thursdays, Noon–1 p.m.

Fall 2021 'Curiosities' Topics

  • Science for Non-Majors (Sept. 16–Oct. 7): Looking to catch up on the science classes you never got around to taking (or that have receded into distant memory)? Join us as we survey the scientific landscape, considering some of the most pressing questions and intriguing findings of our contemporary moment. Sign up for Science for Non-Majors.
  • Food & Gratitude (Oct. 21–Nov. 11): Exploring the myriad ways that gratitude — or lack thereof— affects our experience of food, we’ll delve into the people, plants and systems that contribute to what we eat. What do we appreciate, and what remains overlooked? We’ll ingest a range of sources, from economics to culture, and pair each week’s material with a suitable recipe. Sign up for Food & Gratitude.

Global Literature Reading Group

The NMC Global Literature Reading Group meets twice a year, bringing together NMC students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines to discuss a book about life in another culture. The group aims to stimulate critical thinking, literary enjoyment, awareness of global diversity, and cultural interconnections in support of the college’s strategic direction to ensure that NMC learners are prepared for success in a global society and economy. Anyone is welcome to join!

  • Fall 2021: The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg; discussion will take place Thursday, November 18, Noon–1 p.m. via Zoom (email for link)
  • Spring 2022: The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa; discussion will take place Thursday, April 14, Noon–1 p.m., location TBD

Copies of the current semester's Global Literature Reading Group selection are available at the library at a subsidized price of $5. Email Nicco Pandolfi at with any questions, or to reserve a copy.

Some RECENT Global Lit Reads

  • The Future We Choose, by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac (Spring 2021)
  • Snow, by Orhan Pamuk (Fall 2020)
  • The Line Becomes a River, by Francisco Cantú (Spring 2020)
  • Blue Label, by Eduardo Sanchez Rugeles (Fall 2019)
  • Tears of Salt: A Doctor's Story, by Pietro Bartolo & Lidia Tilotta (Spring 2019)
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah (Fall 2018)
  • A House Without Windows, by by Nadia Hashimi (Spring 2018)
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba (Fall 2017)
  • My Son's Story, by Nadine Gordimer (Spring 2017)

Upcoming events

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Science for Non-Majors

The inaugural session of our new ongoing series, Curiosities: Voyages Beyond the Stacks, starts on Thursday 9/16 and will meet for four consecutive Thursdays at noon. Sign up for Science for Non-Majors!

Underground Girls of Kabul

Global Literature Reading Group

Our Fall 2021 Global Lit selection is The Underground Girls of Kabul, by Jenny Nordberg. This work of investigative journalism explores questions of gender, power, and opportunity in Afghanistan through the lens of a tradition called bacha posh, or 'dressed up like a boy.' In this tradition, young girls are disguised and presented to the world as boys throughout childhood to access education and other opportunities only available to men in Afghan society. Discussion will take place Thursday, November 18, Noon–1 p.m. via Zoom. Email to reserve your $5 copy of the book.