Social Innovation Forum Launches a Book Club

Book Club will bring SIF community together to discuss books about critical social issues.
  • By Allison Hajjar
  • Published on December 06, 2016
Picture of book cover and special guests: Tina Chery and Jon Feinman
Social Innovators Tina Chéry of Louis D. Brown Peace Institute (top right) and Jon Feinman of InnerCity Weightlifting (bottom right) will join for the SIF Book Club launch in January.

SIF is launching a new book club in January for members of our community to read and discuss books about critical social issues. Book Club meetings, which will take place quarterly, will include past Social Innovators as special guests who will contribute their depth of knowledge and unique perspectives to the discussion. 

For our initial meeting, we are reading The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs. This book tells the powerful story of Robert Peace, a young man from a tough neighborhood who attends Yale to study molecular biochemistry and biophysics. Despite his successes, Robert struggles to endure through the challenges of his home life and the reality of his life at Yale. The story captures two existences, with Robert struggling to fit into either. Hobbs provides an honest examination of some of the most pressing issues in our communities today, including issues of race, class, poverty, education and family.

Joining us for the first meeting will be two guest Innovators. Chaplain Clementina "Tina" Chéry, President and CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, will speak about her work as an internationally recognized peace educator and violence prevention leader. Jon Feinman, Executive Director of InnerCity Weightlifting, will share his experiences guiding residents of greater Boston to consider the value of social inclusion and economic mobility for everyone.

Space is very limited for the Book Club. If you would like to learn more please contact Carolyn Shaughnessy at

About the Author 

Allison joined Social Innovation Forum (SIF) as a MSW Intern in September 2016, working closely with the Senior Manager of Development and Communications to grow SIF’s visibility and funding, while also supporting SIF’s program work. She graduated from Boston College with her Master of Social Work in the Social Innovation and Leadership Macro Social Work program in 2017. In October 2017, she joined the team at SIF Social Innovator Smart for the Start as the organization’s Manager of Development & Strategy.

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