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The Spirit of Learning: The Boreham Library Book Club

2024 Book Club

We will be reading Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto by Kevin M. Gannon. We will have both print and digital copies available through the library. We have 2 print copies and unlimited concurrent access to a digital version.  

To access the digital version, go to  After searching for Radical Hope, click on View eBook; then choose the way you want to access (full download, Google Drive, etc.) from the tools. The directions for setting up an Ebsco account are in the box at the left.  Directions for downloading the eBook are in the box at the bottom. 

About the Book

Higher education has seen better days. Harsh budget cuts, the precarious nature of employment in college teaching, and political hostility to the entire enterprise of education have made for an increasingly fraught landscape. Radical Hope is an ambitious response to this state of affairs, at once political and practical—the work of an activist, teacher, and public intellectual grappling with some of the most pressing topics at the intersection of higher education and social justice.

Kevin Gannon asks that the contemporary university’s manifold problems be approached as opportunities for critical engagement, arguing that, when done effectively, teaching is by definition emancipatory and hopeful. Considering individual pedagogical practice, the students who are the primary audience and beneficiaries of teaching, and the institutions and systems within which teaching occurs, Radical Hope surveys the field, tackling everything from impostor syndrome to cell phones in class to allegations of a campus “free speech crisis.” Throughout, Gannon translates ideals into tangible strategies and practices (including key takeaways at the conclusion of each chapter), with the goal of reclaiming teachers’ essential role in the discourse of higher education.  (From the publisher, West Virginia University Press)

Download EBSCO ebooks

Once you've set up your EBSCO account, you're ready to download an ebook. When you click "Download" from the left sidebar of that ebook's page, you'll see a pop-up message like this:

Download ebook message

You'll need to check the box next to "I have Adobe Digital Editions or equivalent installed." Then click the download option.

The book will download as a .acsm file. To open this file, you'll also need to create an Adobe account (from the "Sign in" link on and then download Adobe Digital Editions and "authorize" the software.

You'll authorize it using the Help menu, choosing the option for "Authorize Computer..." You'll get a popup message like this:

Authorize Adobe Digital Editions

On this page, input your Adobe ID and password and click Authorize.

Now you should be ready to read your downloaded ebook. Drag the .acsm file over to Adobe Digital Editions, and your ebook will show up there.