What's the Faculty Reading over Winter Break?

For Pace’s School of Education faculty, winter break is a great time to catch up on reading for work and for pleasure. Below, a few of our faculty members share what they are reading in January.

Elizabeth Smith - Clinical Assistant Professor

I am teaching educational psychology next semester so I have pulled out Daniel Goleman's "Focus" to read and determine its value and application to classroom practice.  As a 21st century educator, supporting your students to keep focused is a very big topic.

For personal interest it's rare that I'm just reading non-fiction but both current choices are just that.  I am reading "Spaceman" by Michael Massimino; I am fascinated by space travel and Massimino was featured in a segment of NPR's "The Moth" as a storyteller, recounting his spacewalk to fix the Hubbell telescope; I frequently listen to it to get positive and energized. With humor and a self-deprecating manner, he inspires determination and "never giving up" when things get rough.  

Last week, Michael Lewis' "The Undoing Project" arrived.  I enjoy his narratives ("Flash Boys", "The Big Short", "Moneyball") but this time his book is about two Israeli researchers who study the decision-making process. I can let you know how it turns out after the break.

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Gerald Ardito - Assistant Professor

I am reading "Signals and Boundaries: Building Blocks for Complex Adaptive Systems" by John H. Holland. I have been reading a great deal about complex adaptive systems and how they could be used in understanding learning systems. John Holland is one of the key scholars in this area.

Also, "Everfair: A Novel" by Nisi Shawl. This is a really neat steampunk novel which reimagines the colonial period of the Belgian Congo if the colonized peoples have developed technologies far ahead of their oppressors.

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Kathryn De Lawter - Assistant Professor

I am reading "The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great" by Harvey J. Kaye. Also, "The Anti-Social Contract" by Y. N. Kly, and "Citizenship: The Rise and Fall of A Modern Concept" by Andreas Fahrmeir. Each of these books deal with concepts that relate historically to the turn of events of the recent U.S. presidential election.

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