Western Washington University Alumni Book Club - May Event

Group of adults at a book group discussion

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
5:15-6:30 p.m. PDT




Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 5:15-6:30 p.m. on Zoom

Join us for our 2nd meeting of the WWU Alumni Association Book Club on May 12! For next month's meeting, Marc Geisler, Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will be moderating a discussion on Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler. 

You can join the Book Club Group in WE Connect to catch any book club announcements, as well as connect with your fellow book club members between monthly meetings. 

Make sure to pick up a copy of the book from your favorite local bookstore, and register for the May Book Club meeting through the link below!

Crucial Conversations Book Cover

Crucial Conversations: Tools for talking when stakes are high 

by Kerry Matterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Learn how to keep your cool and get the results you want when emotions flare.  

When stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong, you have three choices: Avoid a crucial conversation and suffer the consequences; handle the conversation badly and suffer the consequences; or read Crucial Conversations and discover how to communicate best when it matters most. Crucial Conversations gives you the tools you need to step up to life's most difficult and important conversations, say what's on your mind, and achieve the positive resolutions you want. You'll learn how to: 

  • Prepare for high-impact situations with a six-minute mastery technique 

  • Make it safe to talk about almost anything 

  • Be persuasive, not abrasive 

  • Keep listening when others blow up or clam up 

  • Turn crucial conversations into the action and results you want 

Whether they take place at work or at home, with your neighbors or your spouse, crucial conversations can have a profound impact on your career, your happiness, and your future. With the skills you learn in this book, you'll never have to worry about the outcome of a crucial conversation again. 

Marc Geisler

Marc Geisler


In 2013, Marc became the Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. A faculty member at Western since 1992, he served as department chair of the English Department for seven years. Previously, he served the English Department as associate chair for three years and director of Graduate Studies for four years. He is a specialist in British Renaissance literature and critical theory and teaches courses in contemporary critical and cultural theory, Milton and nonconformist literature, early modern feminism, early modern patronage and popular culture, Shakespeare, Spenser, politics and literature, and cultural studies. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of California, Irvine. 

Questions and Accommodations

Victoria Martinsen is the Program Director for this event. Feel free to contact Victoria at (360) 650-3262 or marti450@wwu.edu if you have any questions or comments.

There will be auto-captions available for this event. To request closed captions, please mark the request on the registration form. Advance notice of three days to one week is appreciated.