Study and Interest Groups

Educational Equity

Educational equity for women and girls has been the primary focus of AAUW programs for a number of years. The Association, through the Educational Foundation, has conducted and published a number of studies on how gender makes the difference in the way boys and girls are taught in school to the detriment of the girls. The Deerfield Area Branch has supported the Association efforts by holding a number of branch and public meetings on equity, sponsoring a career day for junior high school girls and placing copies of AAUW research reports in local libraries.

Great Decisions

Great Decisions meets on eight consecutive Wednesday afternoons in February and March to study and discuss current international issues, using a study guide published by the Foreign Policy Association.

Daytime Book Group

Daytime Book Group meets the second Monday of each month from 12:45. December meets at noon. Contact Barbara Thomas for Locations 312/587-9087, email

Day Time 2017 – 2018 Reading List

  • Sep. 11    The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George
  • Oct. 9   Commonwealth – Ann Patchett
  • Nov. 13  The Rent Collector – Camron Wright
  • Dec. 11  The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes (luncheon)
  • Jan. 8   When Paris Sizzled – Mary McAuliffe
  • Feb. 12  The Nix   – Nathan Hill
  • Mar. 12   The Other Einstein – Marie Benedict
  • Apr. 9   Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk – Kathleen Rooney
  • May 14   A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
  • July tbd  Pick the Books Luncheon
  • Evening Book Group

    Evening Book Group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Exceptions:  Wed., Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sats., Jan. 5 and Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. Contact Dee Cavanaugh for

    Evening 2017 – 2018 Reading List

    • Sep. 5 Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk – Kathleen Rooney
    • Oct. 3 Excellent Women – Barbara Pym
    • Nov. 14 The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
    • Dec. 5 The Hunting Ground – Kirby Dick
    • Jan. 5 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
    • Feb. 2 Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
    • Mar. 6 Varina – Charles Frazier
    • Apr. 3 America’s First Daughter – Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
    • May 8 Yellow Crocus – Laila Ibrahim
    • June 5 The Secret History of Wonder Woman – Jill LePore
    • July tbd Book Selection Brunch

    Culture Vultures

    Branch members, spouses, and friends are invited to participate. Cultural excursions are planned throughout the 2017 – 2018 schedule.

    Bridge Group

    This group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. New members and regular substitutes are welcome.