Big Ideas

Here’s a list of some accessible, conversational and engaging books on philosophy, no advanced degrees required. Let’s dig in while we have the time. Or, maybe we don’t. Let’s think about what that means… 

Hear Me Out: Artificial Intelligence

Check out these titles that help you explore the current landscape of artificial intelligence, along with our concerns for inequity in the field as well as fears and hopes for future innovations.

Black Joy

Check out these books that highlight the joy, comfort, love, creativity and other positive experiences that are integral parts of the full humanity of Black lives.   

Rap & Hip-Hop Histories

The following is a list of books that look at the artistic importance of rap and hip-hop, highlighting both the high-profile hitmakers and lesser-known artists.

Black-Authored Cookbooks

Sample the delicious flavors and histories of Black cuisine. From dishes that show the roots of African American cooking to modern sweet treats, you’re sure to find something to tempt your palate. 

Criminal Court Reads

When taken to court, criminal matters involve very high stakes for anyone involved. Therefore, developing knowledge of the criminal process beyond TV dramas and movies is vital for an individual’s ability to advocate for themselves and for others in their community.

Businesses Behaving Badly

There has been a recent influx of popular television shows surrounding high finance and big business. From “Succession” to “Billions” to “Industry,” the behind-the-scenes machinations of these worlds, so foreign to most of us, becomes the perfect fodder for the screen. But these shows all represent imagined accounts of fictional companies. There are, however, many recent book releases dealing with real companies with very real drama, all of which has lasting societal impacts. And as these books showcase, there really is no way you can make this stuff up.