WAC Reading List


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Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports (2016) - Mark Johnson

- Covers similar topics as the closing address: “Needles in a Russian Haystack” - Russian doping in the Olympics.

- It discusses how although the athletes are villainized for doping, teams, governments, and sponsors have also played a role.

- Although we do have a recent book in the library regarding doping (“Doping in sports: winning at any cost?”), this book is more related to the closing address as it discusses outside influences on the athlete’s decision to dope.


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Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence (2018) - Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb

- Discusses similar topics as the plenary “Data Daycare”.

- This discusses how the recent “big data” movement will lead to a major increase in the use of artificial intelligence (effectively replacing many blue and white-collar jobs) and the risks that come along with it.


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AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order (2018) - Kai-Fu Lee

- Discusses similar topics as the plenary “Data Daycare”.

- This Book adds add recent viewpoints on AI’s impact on daily life and future jobs to our library - as many students are interested in working in the tech field.


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The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe (2016) - Todd Huizinga

- Written by plenary speaker on “EU’s midlife crisis”.

- Discusses recent events such as Europe’s migrant crisis, the events leading up to Brexit, and Greece’s economic issues.

- The Macintosh Library has a few books on the EU, but they were published over 10 years ago.


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The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups - Daniel Coyle

- The book references similar topics to “The Plight of Workers’ Rights,”.

- discusses the importance of organizational behaviour, and how it has two polar opposite impacts - success and profit, or the violation of workers’ rights.