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Director's Christmas Reading List 2023

15 December 2022

Recommendations for your Christmas reading from Professor Henrietta L. Moore and the Institute for Global Prosperity

We have published the Director’s Christmas Reading List 2023 which includes an array of short books, short videos and music for you to enjoy over the holidays.

Eight books are in the list: Power and Progress by Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson who talk about the link between technology and prosperity; ‘Life Is Not Useful by Ailton Krenak on indigenous rights; Quantum Supremacy by Mihio Kaku who discusses how quantum computers could help tackle societies biggest challenges. Hamza Hamouchne and Katie Sandwell’s edited book on Dismantling Green Colonialism utilising a climate justice lens to assess the energy transition in the Arab region is a great read alongside Kim Stanley Robinsons take on climate change in The Ministry of the Future. The final books include: On Lying and Politics by Hannah Arendt; Surya Parekh’s book called Black Enlightenment and Petrus Liu’s fascinating insight on queer theory in the The Specter of Materialism’.

In our short videos, Comedian Jo Brand translates Prof. Mark Maslin, and a documentary trailer called Carpet Cowboys about a group of locals living in Dalton, Georgia in the USA also referred to as the “Carpet Capital of the World”. The list features a short film by Earthrise Studio in collaboration with the Barbican on gender and ecology, 'A Lens on Gender and Ecology', which pays homage to the feminist front line to climate resistance.

Finally, we have beautiful music by the String Archestra with Composer Ayanna Witter-Johnston who performed in Hamburg in April Ain’t I a Woman based on the famous speech in 1851 by Sojourner Truth, an African American evangelist, abolitionist, women’s rights activist and author.

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