In-Sight Collaborative Book Club
Love Across Borders: Passports, Papers, and Romance in a Divided World
Welcome to the Love Across Borders book club resource page!
This session will start October 1st and run through February 15th. All participants are welcome to join the discussions, even if you have already read the book! Our book club is mostly self-paced, but a recommended reading schedule can be downloaded below.
If you are not already signed up, we encourage you to do so to receive updates about in-person and online discussions, conversations with the author Anna Lekas Miller, and additional resources to help you better understand the contexts explored in this book.
About the Resource Page
This page is full of optional resources to help you better understand the contexts covered in Love Across Borders and be prepared to engage in discussions about the book with other book club members. Move through these resources in chronological order for the optimal learning experience!
Individual Reflection Forms: These forms are intended to help you reflect on the content from each session and be prepared to participate in group discussions. After inputting your answers, a copy of your response will be sent to you.
Group Activity Guide: Prior to in-person or online live sessions, you are welcome to consult the activity guide so you will see what kinds of questions or activities the In-Sight team has prepared for each session. These may include interactive online polls or games, discussion questions, costume themes, and other off-the-wall ideas we have come up with to help add a bit of fun to this important but depressing topic.
Discussion Forum: Share your thoughts, ask questions, and explore other people's perspectives and experiences by joining the discussion forum! Each section has its own forum so that there are no spoilers from future chapters when you participate! This is a great way to connect with other readers if you are participating asynchronously.
Additional Resources: For each chapter, we have selected additional resources to help you better understand the stories and situations depicted in the book. While these stories read beautifully like fictional romance novels, it is important to recognize the very real and severe problems border imperialism causes for millions of people around the world. We have lists of comprehensive learning tools including online simulations, videos and documentaries, articles, and book recommendations. We have also included lists of organizations that support individuals and communities like the ones in the book if you feel compelled to donate!
Before we begin, ask yourself the following questions:
What am I hoping to get out of this experience?
What are my opinions about borders and human mobility?
What thoughts do I have about politics being involved in human relationships? Why do I have these thoughts?
If you haven't already, please also be sure to fill out the pre-session survey to help In-Sight Collaborative best inform this program as well as future book clubs!