CPS Book Club announces Spring 2020 read!


Every member of the UiT community is welcome to join us in reading and discussing "The Unwomanly Face of War," by Svetlana Alexievich!

Need an excuse to read something NOT work- or school-related?

Like talking about books?

The Centre for Peace Studies has a book club for you!

We welcome all members of the UiT community – students, staff, and faculty – to join us in discussing the powerful collection of World War II memories by acclaimed journalist and Nobel Laureate, Svetlana Alexievich.

This semester, we will host 2 discussion events:

  • Friday, March 27, 12:00–13:00
  • Friday, April 17, 12:00–13:00

Please RSVP for the date of your choice with Kat Hodgson: kara.k.hodgson@uit.no 

About the book:

In the late 1970s, Svetlana Alexievich set out to write her this book when she realized that she grew up surrounded by women who had fought in the Second World War, but whose stories were absent from official narratives.

Travelling thousands of miles, she spent years interviewing hundreds of Soviet women – captains, tank drivers, snipers, pilots, nurses and doctors – who had experienced the war on the front lines, on the home front and in occupied territories.

The result is a powerful history of the central conflict of the twentieth century, a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human side of war. Together, this symphony of voices reveals a different aspect of the war – the everyday details of life in combat left out of the official histories.

About the CPS Book Club:

Q: What is it?

A:         It's a chance for the UiT community to enjoy reading and discussing a common book together. Because of the club is run by the Center for Peace Studies, all chosen books will relate to some aspect of peace, war, or conflict. The chosen book is not meant to be academic in nature; it can be a work of fiction, a memoir, poetry – whatever the members decide upon!

Q: When does it measure?

A:         Three times a year – once during the spring semester, once during the summer, and once during the fall semester. Specific dates are determined by the facilitator.

Q: Who can participate?

A:         Any member of the UiT community – students, staff, faculty, auxiliary personnel… anyone with and affiliation to UiT is welcome!

Q: In which language will the discussions be held?

A:         Members are welcome to read the book in the language of their choice. However, for the purpose of including the greatest possible number of discussants, all club gatherings will take place in English.

Q: How much does it cost?

A:         Only the price of the book.

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