Global Reads: AKFC’s Book Club

In this book club, we explore recent literary works focused on international affairs, policy, or practice—with an emphasis on innovation, new voices, and diverse perspectives. Notable leaders and thinkers from the international affairs, global development, and allied sectors facilitate lively and inclusive discussions, providing a structure for collaborative interpretation, learning, and growth.  

Innovation In Real Places – Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World

On November 27, 2023, in the last Global Reads session of the year, discussant Naheed Nenshi, former mayor of Calgary, led a thought-provoking discussion with the distinguished author of Innovation In Real Places – Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World, Dan Breznitz. Watch the recording. Watch the recording.

From Development to Democracy: The Transformation of Modern Asia

On October 23, 2023, we explored From Development to Democracy: The Transformation of Modern Asia, together with author Joseph Wong and discussant, Margaret Biggs, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Center for Sustainable Development. Watch the recording.

How to Be a Climate Optimist: Blueprints for a Better World

On September 14, 2023, discussant Catherine Stewart, Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change, led a thought-provoking discussion with author Chris Turner on his book, How to Be a Climate Optimist: Blueprints for a Better World, for which he won the 2023 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Watch the recording.

Not in the Ornamental Teapot

On March 29, 2023, in partnership with the High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus, Global Read explored the collection of short stories Not in the Ornamental Teapot with author Erato Ioannou. In this discussion led by Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism, we delved into themes of conflict, home, and re-defining the narratives and perspectives of women in society and literature. Watch the recording. 

What Strange Paradise

On December 6, 2022, in the last Global Reads session of 2022, discussant Rema Jamous Imseis, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Canada, led a thought-provoking discussion with author Omar El Akkad on his novel, What Strange Paradise, which delves into the complex topic of forced migration from the points of view of two children. Watch the recording.

 

The Ministry for the Future

On November 29, 2022, Global Reads examined The Ministry for the Future, a novel which uses fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all, together with author Kim Stanley Robinson and discussant Catherine McKenna, Chair of the UN’s Secretary-General’s High-level Expert Group on Net-Zero Commitments. Watch the recording.

 

Aftershocks: Pandemic Politics and the End of the Old International Order

On April 14, 2022, the inaugural session of Global Reads, explored Aftershocks: Pandemic Politics and the End of the Old International Order together with author Thomas Wright and discussant, Christopher MacLennan, Canada’s Deputy Minister for International Development. Watch the recording.

 

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