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Several Summer Reading Opportunities

Several of you have asked what I read while I was out. My “recovery” reading titles were broad and varied and below are a sample that may be of interest.

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan – a novel that takes place on a Mississippi farm after World War II that follows two families separated by social class and race: landowners and sharecroppers…”

In the Country we Love by Diane Guerrero – family struggles of the undocumented experience

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis – the story of psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky studies on the human decision-making process

Thank You for Being Late: An optimists Guide in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman – an analysis of technology, globalization, and climate change advancing at speeds to disrupt our lives

Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems by Gary Snyder

And I’ve just started reading The Elephant in the Brain by Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson – a look at the hidden motives in our minds.


PVCC Student Leads Positive Social Change

I had the pleasure, along with a number of PVCC students, faculty and staff to attend the first annual Social Venture Partnership Ed Pitch Contest where Arizona college students pitched social entrepreneurial ideas around “Innovative Solutions for Students by Students. As you have already read, PVCC student Christopher Figueroa was awarded $7,500 as the Social Venture Partner Award winner.

As Christopher was presented his award the language used (and I paraphrase) included “…best represents positive social change…”  Below is a link to view Christopher’s presentation and his acceptance of the award. I share this video clip as evidence that active and engaged learning and positive social change are alive and well at PVCC.

Job well done Christopher!

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