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New Year, New Reads: Two Tomes to Start ‘24

Edison in the Hood: A Novel by award-winning author Nadia Uddin imagines a time in the very near future when technology has the power to reanimate the brain of someone who has recently passed, under the guise of soothing the living.  

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In the book, lead character Aisha is an ambitious public relations executive with a forte for making complex and controversial topics accessible to the masses. Her brother, Sam, is a despondent genius who loves to fight everyone and everything in the name of justice, hopping from one political fight to another and hiding a mental illness that causes him shame. When the opportunity arises for Aisha to work with brilliant scientist and leading futurist Jay Edison at his Brain Reinvigoration Project, she begins obsessing over artificial intelligence and its potential to revive her mother’s brain. She begs Sam to participate, unaware that he has begun working with groups that have very different visions for the future of artificial intelligence. 

The siblings set out to define the role that technology should play in society, asking themselves: “Artificial intelligence may solve the world’s biggest problems, but can it fix our most challenging relationships?”  

Room at the Table: A Leader’s Guide to Advancing Health Equity and Justice” by Dr. Renee Canady teaches the principles of equity so we can better understand ourselves and others and make a lasting difference in this world. Canady is a former Ingham County Health Officer and current CEO of the Michigan Public Health Institute. 

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In a culture centered on optics, Canady’s book brings to light the true act of doing for the sake of change. She candidly discusses the rise of injustice in public health and provides practical solutions that forge the path to more understanding, healthier and effective outlooks for all our futures. Topics include the innovative concept of “leadering;” using our outrage to enact change; seeing, saying and doing differently; acting courageously in the face of institutional racism; leading with authenticity; and harboring the conviction to move equity work forward, one step at a time. 

For those who seek to grasp the intricacies of equity justice and focus on understanding how to advance change within public health and other fields, “Room at the Table” extends an invitation to embark on this journey.