If you would like to read Americanah through LeafLit, simply link your Amazon Kindle account to the app. Here are the directions:
- Locate Americanah on Amazon.com or click here to go straight to that listing online.
- Purchase the Kindle version of the book. (Electronic versions are often less expensive than the printed versions.)
- Open LeafLit on your iPad and log in.
- Locate the “Connect to Kindle” icon in the upper left corner on your iPad screen and select it. For more help, click here.
- Add your Kindle account information and log in.
- Download the book on to the iPad and join in the conversation!
Note: Any book that is available on Amazon in a digital form (Kindle version) can be read through LeafLit. Feel free to add other books to your account.
One thing that is true of many Duke alumni – they like to read. They are looking for suggested reading ideas and more opportunities to connect with readers with similar interests. In an effort to meet those requests, I am proud to announce the expansion of the Duke Reads program partnering with other Duke entities like the Duke Libraries, Duke University Press, and Duke Magazine. Every other month, Duke Reads members will get a comprehensive e-newsletter with information from the partner groups with book ideas, event information, and more!
In addition to the new partnerships, the online book club is getting a significant update with the use of LeafLit, a new app for iPad users. This app allows readers to share thoughts, annotate text with links to images and articles, and converse within a virtual community atmosphere. The book club discussions will continue to be hosted by a member of the Duke faculty or administration. For more information on using LeafLit with Duke Reads, you can view the download instructions at the bottom of this page: http://dukealumni.com/forever-learning/dukereads.
I hope that you will join in the conversations on LeafLit, attend a Duke Reads event online or on campus, or simply use the newsletter to inspire your next reading selection.
Jenn Chambers ‘01, Director, Alumni Education
Our discussion host! Walter is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He is core faculty in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, the Duke Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Sciences.
The DukeReads selection for May/June 2014 is The Psychopath Whisperer by Kent Kiehl, and Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong will be leading the discussion on the book.We will be posting questions for you to comment on as you read the book. Please feel free to respond to the questions or comment on other people’s posts within the blog. Also, we are arranging for an online conversation with the author! More information on that to come!
We asked Walter why he chose this book. Here’s what he said:
“Psychopaths are less than one percent of the population, but they commit over 30% of the violent crime in the United States. This book explains what psychopaths are, the history of this diagnosis, and the only method of treatment that works. It is filled with fascinating personal stories, because the author has decades of years of experience working with psychopaths in prisons. He is also a top neuroscientist who insists on accuracy while making the story accessible and lively. Alumni will have fun reading it, and they will learn how to critically evaluate the many misleading representations of psychopaths in popular media.”
Find out more about Walter here: http://sites.duke.edu/wsa/
In Chapter 1, Gordon, Grant, and Bob are diagnosed as psychopaths. In what ways are they similar? In what ways are they different? What do these cases show you about the diagnosis of psychopathy?
Chapter 2 discusses the history of psychopathy diagnoses. How has our understanding of psychopathy changed over the years?
Box 2 on pages 46-47 lists the 20 items in the psychopathy check list. For each item, how would you decide whether to give someone 0, 1, or 2 on that item? Which items seem more important that the others?
In Chapter 3, do you disagree with Kiehl’s scores for any items in his diagnoses of Booth and Guiteau. Why?
In Chapter 4, Shock Richie says, “Well, you ain’t never met anyone like me.” Have you ever met anyone like Shock Richie? Who? How are they like Shock Richie? How are they different?
In Chapters 4-5, how, if at all, does neuroscience help us understand psychopaths?
Chapter 6 discusses childhood disorders. Can you tell whether a child is going to grow up to be a psychopath? How or why not?