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This throughly engaging 4 week book discussion series on American Slavery was the highlight of my week! Dr. Bell brings the context of the book setting to life with his captivating lectures and his expansive book discussion questions. The learned attendees were open minded, articulate and well prepared. This combination brought the books, characters, writing and history together for some delicious seminars.
Loved, loved, loved the book discussion group Imagining American Slavery! The chosen books were excellent. In his usual way, Dr. Bell was well-prepared -- with material to place aspects of each book in context, and with interesting and thought-provoking questions. All participants read the books and contributed to the lively discussions. All-in-all, a very successful Context offering!
This four-session book discussion course on prize-winning novels that address slavery and the aftermath of enslavement was terrific! Each week Dr. Bell would start off with a 30-minute lecture setting the context for the novel we would discuss for the next hour. He also prepared questions to drive our discussions. After the first week of some awkwardness among strangers, we, the participants became comfortable speaking in front of each other, and with each passing week the discussions became more and more dynamic and exciting. Dr. Bell is a great moderator of discussions like these because he himself is a very deep thinker, so he brings that to the questions he posed and the conversation with us, but he also has a wicked sense of humor, which made the sessions even more fun and eventually led some participants to also relax into humor occasionally. I would take another book discussion of this sort with Dr. Bell in a heartbeat, and the same was said by most participants in the last session.
I have read several books I'd never read before since I've started taking Dr. Bell's Book Discussions. I highly recommend his courses!