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Pace Media Shelf: March 2019

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This month, Setters share their picks for what to read, watch, and listen to. Here's what you should be adding to your media shelf!

What Setters are Reading

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. This book delves deep into the human psyche. It’s about nine strangers that meet at a remote health resort and the narration switches between each character’s story, where you learn so much about their insecurities and them as individuals. I actually am a big fan of Moriarty, her book Big Little Lies was one of my favorite books that I read in 2018 and one of my favorite TV adaptations. I am a huge believer in reading the book before watching the movie/series and BLL did not disappoint!

Melanie Madera, Community Manager, Seidenberg CSIS


AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee. This book was recommended to me by Lubin faculty member Imran Chowdhury and I find it frightening and inspiring simultaneously.   Former head of Google China and current venture capitalist investing in China and Silicon Valley companies predicts and explains huge upheaval in business and society in the not distant future.   He clearly explains why he thinks China is winning.   Important read as all of us think about our own futures and especially the future of today’s college age generation.

Neil Braun, Dean, Lubin School of Business


Fragments of Horror by Junji Ito. If you ever want people to wonder what on earth is wrong with you while you’re on your morning commute, Junji Ito’s vast catalog of body horror manga will do the trick. This collection of vignettes has some memorable imagery, but if you really want to be disturbed, check out his story “The Enigma of Amigara Fault” online. Or don’t, if you want to sleep.

Katie Todd, Communications Director, Seidenberg CSIS


Grant by Ron Chernow. This is a recent biography of Ulysses S. Grant by the author of Hamilton and other well known biographies. I have been stunned by how little I knew about Grant and who he really was.

Gerald Ardito, DPS, Assistant Professor, School of Education


Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin. It’s a thought-provoking look at what really makes us great, and the current selection for the Pace University Alumni Book Club.

Kendra Free, Communications Manager, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences 


The Fifth Season by N.K. Jeminsin. This is my first science fiction fantasy in some time. It was also the first trilogy to receive the Hugo Award for all three of the books in the series. Additionally, I just finished The Joy of Living by Yongey Minguyur Rinpoche. It speaks for itself, but it has enhanced my life quite a bit.    

Christine Clayton, EdD, Associate Professor, School of Education


What Setters are Watching 

The Good Doctor (ABC). I have particularly liked watching this because of my special education background. Freddie Highmore, the producer and main character (a young doctor who is Autistic) has really developed his character well showing the trials and tribulations of his disability, while the others around him help him develop the social skills he needs both as a doctor and a person.

Barry Ampter, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education


Manifest (NBC). Manifest is a supernatural TV drama series that has you wanting more! Only being in the air for a few hours, a flight of passengers discover when landed that the world has miraculously aged five years and they haven’t aged a day. All presumed to be dead after vanishing, now have to deal reality and piece together their old lives. What makes this show even more interesting is the strange supernatural turn that it takes for all the passengers. Some consider Manifest to be the next Lost, but definitely check it out and see for yourself!

Sahara Henley, Production Coordinator, University Relations


The Umbrella Academy (Netflix). This new series is based on a series of comic books and features the group of adopted children of fantastical origins and their lives together and apart. I am just 3 episodes in and am really enjoying it.

Gerald Ardito, DPS, Assistant Professor, School of Education


Game of Thrones (HBO). I know, I know. You’ve already heard about this show, but stay with me: if you go into it expecting a wild ride of medieval melodrama and masterful political maneuvers, you just might enjoy it. I’ve been rewatching the last season in anticipation for the finale this spring, and I’m pleasantly surprised by how this series has matured. (The North remembers!)

Jillian Gorry, Copywriter/Proofreader, University Relations


The Umbrella Academy (Netflix). Although I have not yet finished the debut season, I know I will be craving more! Personally, it brings be back to the X-Men animated cartoons I used to watch every Saturday morning, when Saturday morning cartoons were a thing. :) 

Melanie Madera, Community Manager, Seidenberg CSIS


What Setters are Listening To

A16Z podcast. Silicon valley sponsored podcast on how technology is changing business.  Every episode features in depth conversations with major players who have disrupted or intend to disrupt the way the world works. AI, blockchain, Machine learning and other current technologies are woven throughout as are traditional subjects like go-to- market strategies, organizational behavior and enterprise valuations.

Neil Braun, Dean, Lubin School of Business


I'm listening to podcasts all the time but my favorites are: On Being with Krista Tippet, Stay Tuned with Preet, Vox's The Weeds, and the Cult of Pedagogya great teaching podcast

Christine Clayton, EdD, Associate Professor, School of Education


Reply All. This podcast features stories about corners of the internet (is the internet anything other than corners). I just listened to a story this morning about robocalls.

Gerald Ardito, DPS, Assistant Professor, School of Education


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