Weekend Reading: January 2017

Weekend Reading: January 2017

Looking for something to read this weekend? We’ve scoured the web for thought-provoking articles and essays. Enjoy!

Writing for the Harvard Business Review Amber Lee Williams, Senior Associate General Counsel for US Compliance at Walmart, addresses why it’s important to speak up when we witness instances of bias in the workplace:

“Failure to acknowledge and address bias or offensive behavior validates the conduct and may create an impression that the behavior is acceptable, and even to be expected, in the workplace. Moreover, normalizing offensive conduct in this subtle manner tends to have a chilling effect on other potential dissenters, and communicates to those who are offended, regardless of whether they are targets of the behavior, that their perspectives and voices are not valued.”  

Williams’ piece includes advice for how to speak up most effectively, and emphasizes that we should “create the opportunity for dialogue.”

Pair her piece with our own on literature and workplace diversity.

Elsewhere on the Internet:

The high cost of incivility at work – and how to encourage collaboration, communication and consideration for others.

People often describe books as “must reads,” suggesting that reading them is obligatory – but perhaps we would be better off considering these books as experiences worth cherishing.

A fascinating lesson in the value of discomfort.

There’s something for everyone in this list of 25 animated films that retell literary works.

A fascinating glimpse at the science behind finding Shakespeare’s real identity.

Ottesssa Moshfegh on how writing saved her life.

A short history of empathy.

Image: Vincent van Gogh, Still Life with French Novels, 1887, The Robert Holmes à Court Collection, Perth [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Cecily Erin Hill

Cecily Erin Hill

Cecily Hill is the Project Director, NEH for All at the National Humanities Alliance and former member of the Books@Work team.