This week, we spoke to Distinguished Visiting Professor of Theology Dr. Kwok Pui Lan! Dr. Kwok received the “Faculty Person of the Year” award, bestowed by Candler students on the professor who has most impacted them in the past year. She specializes in feminist and post-colonial theology, but her suggestions for your summer reading demonstrate the breadth of her interests!
Dr. Kwok first recommends Dr. Damon Tweedy’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine. The book describes Dr. Tweedy’s time as a medical student, resident, and practicing doctor in the VA system—exploring the role of racial prejudice in all areas of medicine.
Dr. Kwok’s summer reading also includes the newest New York Times best-seller from Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Skin in the Game? Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life. Taleb asks readers to consider when, where,and how we take risks, or have “skin in the game”!
The final item on Dr. Kwok’s list joins economics with ethics: Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, by Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor Raj Sisodia. Together, they argue that moral and ethical tenets can help guide economic decision making, resulting in a positive environment.