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 at 5:00 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 July 2017 is:

This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States 

by Anja Manuel

“In the next decade and a half, China and India will become two of the world’s indispensable powers—whether they rise peacefully or not. During that time, Asia will surpass the combined strength of North America and Europe in economic might, population size, and military spending. Discussion on how India and China view themselves in the region, and how the US can effectively work with both in order to pursue its economic, political, and global interest.”

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!!!