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Pace Media Shelf: April 2020

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Looking for suggestions on what to read, watch, or listen to during quarantine? Pace's Media Shelf is back, complete with recommendations from your fellow Pace Community members!

What Setters are Watching:

The Bodyguard (Netflix)

Need a nail-biting, binge-worthy series recommendation for Netflix? Consider watching The Bodyguard. This gripping six-episode British series will immediately throw you into the action within the first five minutes. Get ready and enjoy!

–Dana Burr, Assistant Director of Volunteer Engagement, DEVAR

Free Metropolitan Opera Streaming

As an avid opera lover, I am grateful for the Met Opera's current free live streaming of a different opera every night starting at 7:30 p.m. EST and available until 3:30 p.m. the next day. All the HD productions shown at movie theaters in recent years are being streamed. Plus, English subtitles are available.
Barbara Rose Aglietti, Associate Dean, Lubin School of Business

Game-Changer (Netflix)

 I now live in a family of "vegans" and the experience has been life-changing.

–Susanne O'Callaghan, PhD, Professor of Accounting, Lubin School of Business

A Little Bit of Everything

We're quarantined in my home with six people, ages ranging from 76-year-old father, Bill, to my 12-year-old daughter, Kelsey. Day one of our quarantine, we purchased the Disney + bundle with Hulu and ESPN Plus. We are trying to keep a typical schedule in the home with the children remote learning during the day, getting some exercise in daily, such as going for a hike, training for their sports outside, and exercising indoors with videos, weights, and exercise equipment. Our family will have some down-time at night because we will not be at their after school activities. We plan to use the streaming bundle we bought to watch some Disney family movies, ESPN sports-related shows, and personally I love to watch reality TV shows to escape the real world, so when the kids hibernate in their rooms, like teenagers love to do, I can use Hulu and catch up on some reality TV drama!

–Shannon Thyberg, Media Relations, Westchester

What Setters Are Reading:

Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday

What qualities do great artists, athletes, leaders, and visionaries share? For one, they can turn off the noise, the distractions, the arbitrary, and the unimportant. They can focus and cut through so much of the nonsense that consumes valuable time and precious energy in our lives. In his book, Ryan Holiday calls it stillness, an ability to be steady and clear while the world spins, careens, and buzzes around you. He argues that stillness is not simply inactivity, but the path to self-mastery, discipline, focus—and perhaps most importantly, happiness.

Holiday, the former director of marketing for American Apparel who left the corporate and urban life to live on his farm in Austin, Texas, draws upon lessons from some of history’s great minds including Confucius, Marcus Aurelius, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, and Fred Rogers, among so many others. He also shares profound lessons of lesser known professional baseball players and business leaders.

The book is interesting and timely, particularly when so many of us are affected by the non-stop news cycle, social media, and the constant pull of cell phones, electronics, and busy schedules. If you read it once, you might just read it again and again. His other books, The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy are good reads, too.

Jerry McKinstry, Director of Public Affairs, Westchester

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

This book was easily one of my favorites of last year. Written by The New Yorkers cultural critic Jia Tolentino, this collection of nine essays explores late capitalism, self-delusion, and what its like to live your life extremely online. Its smart, funny, and well-written, and lends itself to further discussion, too.

–Brienna Vos, Designer, University Relations

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

If you're aspiring to be a leader or are in a leadership role, you'll read about what it takes to accomplish the impossible when it's needed most. For the rest of us, Goodwin is a great storyteller and can help us articulate what we should value most in our country's leadership.

–Elizabeth Smith, EdD, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

We're going to be inside for awhile, so I figured I might as well read an 1,000-page book that I could brag about having read. Kidding. Slightly. I'm about halfway done currently and have thus far found the book worthy of its "classic novel" connotation.

–Lance Pauker, Marketing Writer, University Relations

What Setters Are Listening To:

Runners of NYC

If youre a long-time runner or a new devotee (hey, if the NY Times says theres a COVID-19 running boom, it must be true!), this podcast might be for you. Co-hosted by a Pace alumna, each episode features a different member of New York Citys running community. Im not normally a podcast person, but this one frequently has me laughing to myself at my desk.

–Brienna Vos, Designer, University Relations

10 Percent Happier

I'm loving this website, 10 Percent Happier. They have a podcast and a free 3:00 p.m. meditation live broadcast with some of the most famous meditation masters around the world. I'm referring my students to this and they are putting up content daily to help us all through these extraordinary times.

– Christine Clayton, EdD, Associate Professor, School of Education