CIR Book Clubs

Great reads and great discussions. CIR is proud to host two book clubs, one that focuses on non-fiction works and the other on fiction. We think both are indispensable to the global citizen.

Non-Fiction Club

Six times a year, members of the non-fiction book club select and discuss a book, which provides insights into current and historical international issues. Meetings are typically held from 5:00 -6:30 pm on the first Tuesday of odd-numbered months, at the CIR office:  413 Grant Avenue, Suite D.  The office is just north of Paseo de Peralta and right next to the concrete bridge that joins Grant with Rosario Street.

Call Virginia McCallum, Book Club Coordinator, for more information: 515-290-1221,

Also if you have suggestions for future book selections, let Virginia know.  We’re always interested in recommendations.

The book selection for September 5, 2017 is:  

Islamic Esceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World

by Shadi Hamid: Senior fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy

(2016)  306 pages – 4 Amazon Stars – ISBN: 9781466866720

Book Overview:

‘A novel and provocative argument on how Islam is, in fact, “exceptional” in how it relates to politics, with implications for how we understand the future of the Middle East. Islam, as a religion and as an idea, will continue to be a force that shapes not just the region, but the West as well in the decades to come.’


Fiction Book Club

New for 2017, the Fiction Book Club explores culture through story and imagination. We agree completely with the statement from Adm. James Stavridis at our 2016 Gala that reading fiction is essential to our cultural consciousness. We are presently determining the next title for this club, and we’ll let you all know ASAP!!!