Take 5: January 2020

A roundup of NAFSA member recommendations to kick off the new year.
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In this round up of recommendations for the first month of a new decade, NAFSA members suggest books and videos to fill the dark, wintery days. (Or warm, sunny days for those in the southern hemisphere.) Did you travel over the holidays? Nobody cares—see number 5.

1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

“I recently returned from my first visit to Cape Town, South Africa, and was coincidentally gifted this book soon after. As I’ve been reading, I’ve been able to reflect on my experience there and really connect the dots of a historical and cultural perspective of the country. At Prairie View, we’re currently implementing a global learning program and collaborating with our English department to use the book in a common reading assignment for our students.” 

—Marcus King, Prairie View A&M University

2. Vox Borders YouTube channel 

“I find the stories so fascinating, and the videography is really beautiful. As international educators, we all share an interest in understanding the world better, and the videos on this channel tell really compelling human interest stories around big issues in lots of regions.” 

—Amy Ramirez, University of Maryland-Baltimore

3. Radical Candor by Kim Scott

“[This book has] helpful tips for managing people in a way that shows that you care personally about them but challenge them directly when needed. In addition, it emphasizes the need to know the ‘rock stars’ and ‘superstars’ on your team and how to continue to motivate them to do their best work.” 

—Dulce Dorado, University of

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