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Book Club with Jeffrey Sachs

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Book Club with Jeffrey Sachs

The Book Club with Jeffrey Sachs is a free global forum to discuss outstanding, recently-published work that examines the most important topics for humanity.

Hosted by Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the eminent thought-leader in economics and sustainable development, the Book Club features monthly interviews with renowned authors about their groundbreaking work in sustainability, economics, history, social justice, and more.

Members of the Book Club will have access to these live conversations, as well as book excerpts, supplementary resources, and a discussion forum where they can communicate with peers from around the world.

The Book Club welcomes policy professionals, practitioners, advanced undergraduates and graduate students, and all readers interested in engaging in these thoughtful and inspiring conversations.

The Book Club with Jeffrey Sachs is an initiative of the SDG Academy, the flagship educational initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

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Who should attend?


Members of the Book Club are strongly encouraged (but not required) to read each book before the live conversation. Book excerpts and links to purchase the books can be found once you enroll.

Training content


Martin J. Sherwin, Gambling with Armageddon


Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law


Rashid Khalidi, The Hundred Years' War on Palestine

April :

Mariana Mazzucato, Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism


Robert Lustig, Metabolical


Patricia Sullivan, Justice Rising


Rick Perlstein, Reaganland


Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Not "a Nation of Immigrants"


Eric Foner, The Second Founding


Corey Robin, The Reactionary Mind


Keisha N. Blain, Until I Am Free


Heather Cox Richardson, How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America

Additional books to be featured:

Peter H. Lindert, Making Social Spending Work

Course delivery details

This course is offered through SDG Academy, a partner institute of EdX.

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What you'll learn

The Book Club aims to expose members to a variety of recently-published, groundbreaking works covering issues such as:

  • The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War, including the place of nuclear weapons in a post-World War II society;
  • Racial segregation in America and the government policies designed to separate people based on race;
  • The need to reorganize our governments and our economies to solve today's "wicked problems";
  • And much more…

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