Take 5: Annual Conference Committee Edition

A special “Take 10” from members of NAFSA’s 2020 Annual Conference Committee, with recommendations for what to watch, follow, listen to, and read.
This month's Take 5 is a Take 10, with suggestions from NAFSA's 2020 Annual Conference Committee members.

In a special “Take 10,” members of NAFSA’s 2020 Annual Conference Committee (ACC) tell readers what they’re watching, listening to, following on social media, and reading this summer.


1. Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

“This 2020 nonfiction book is an account of the Galvin family of Colorado Springs, Colorado, a midcentury American family with 12 children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia. [It is a] fascinating read that combines the story of the family with the history of the treatment of schizophrenia and a little bit of U.S. culture [from] post-WWII to a few years ago.”

—Krista McCallum-Beatty, Michigan State University; ACC KC ISSS coordinator


2. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi 

“It’s a fascinating, multi-era history that traces racism back to ancient times, a fairly novel idea.”

—Bryan McAllister-Grande, EdD, Northeastern University; ACC TLS KC coordinator


3. Bryan Stevenson

“Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk, “We Need to Talk About an Injustice,” and his book, Just Mercy. His plenary at NAFSA’s 2016 Annual Conference & Expo moved and stayed with me for months after hearing him.”

—Jenny Bowen, Indiana University; ACC workshop coordinator


4. TED Radio Hour podcast 

“I love the TED Radio Hour podcast for long car rides. Each episode explores a topic or theme, bringing in experts who share their TED Talks and perspectives. It is possible to get swept away by the conversations—as I once did during a

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