The Reading for Change project invites GCC students, staff, faculty, and members of the Greenfield community to share the experience of intellectual exploration and community building through reading, discussing, and engaging with a common text.

For fall 2022 we will be reading Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work by Dave Isay. Callings is a fascinating series of interviews collected as part of the StoryCorps project. As the title suggests, the guiding theme of the book is work, emphasizing “stories of passion, courage, and commitment, following individuals as they pursue the work they were born to do.” Because of its focus on storytelling, careers, meaning, purpose, and creating a life that is worth living, Callings has wide-ranging applications for a variety of contexts..

We’ve got several exciting ideas percolating for community-wide events, including a panel of “groundbreakers” who overcome obstacles to do the work they love, a forum on GCC’s role in discerning our “callings” and preparing folks for meaningful work and an on-going community project to record and share each other’s stories.

Copies are available at the circulation desk in the GCC library.

Ways to Participate

  • Faculty — Consider using Callings (in whole or in part) in your classes.
  • Staff — Read the book alongside others in your work area. build kindness and empathy into our institutional culture.
  • Everyone — There will be three community-wide virtual events in the fall including group discussions, panel presentations and community building exercises.

Upcoming Events

Reading for Change: Sharing Our Stories! GCC event

Reading for Change: Sharing Our Stories!

Thursday October 20 – 6:00pm

Virtual kickoff event that will include introductions, an overview of the project and a a discussion about the importance of considering our relationship to work at this historical moment

Book cover: Callings by Dave Isay