Global Diversity Resources

Global Diversity Resource Library

Our team in the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives (GSI) invites you to celebrate with us by exploring the following book, film, and podcast recommendations related to global diversity. GSI has compiled the following lists of recommendations as a resource for learning about issues related to diversity around the world from faculty and staff in the Emory community. 

Special thanks to the following faculty for contributing global diversity recommendations: Tal Berkowitz - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine; Lorrie Lynn King - Instructor, Masters in Development Practice Program, Laney Graduate School; Jeffrey Lesser - Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of History, Emory College of Arts and Sciences; Lobsang Tenzin Negi - Professor of Pedagogy, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Carla Roncoli - Director of the Masters' in Development Practice, Laney Graduate School; and Matthew A. Wheatley - Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine.


Emory University Faculty Recommendations: 


  • Indaba My Children - Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Alex Haley
  • The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander
  • The Graves Are Not Yet Full - Bill Berkeley
  • The Three Letter Plague - Johnny Steinberg
  • The Invisible Cure - Helen Epstein
  • Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World - the Dalai Lama
  • Brazil-Maru - Karen Tei Yamashita
  • Good Morning Comrades - Ondjaki
  • The Centaur in the Garden - Moacyr Scliar
  • The Pagoda - Patricia Powell
  • The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution - CLR James
  • Chino: Anti-Chinese Racism in Mexico, 1880-1940 - Jason Chang
  • Tell This in My Memory: Stories of Enslavement in Egypt, Sudan and the Late Ottoman Empire - Eve M. Troutt Powell
  • The Groundings With My Brothers - Walter Rodney
  • Another Arabesque: Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil - John Tofik Karam
  • Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age - Laura Putnam
  • No One Home: Brazilian Selves Remade in Japan - Daniel Touro Linger
  • In the Aftermath of Genocide: Armenians and Jews in Twentieth-Century France - Maud S. Mandel
  • Lives in Between: The Experience of Marginality in a Century of Assimilation - Leo Spitzer
  • Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama - Lok Siu
  • The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett
  • American Spy - Lauren Wilkinson
  • Memorial Drive Natasha Trethewey


  • Fresa y chocolate (Cuba, 1994) - Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío
  • Quilombo (Brazil, 1985) - Carlos Diegues 
  • 7 Cajas (Paraguay, 2012) - Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori


  • Questlove Supreme

Decolonizing Development

Recommendations from Lorrie Lynn King, MPH, instructor of the Master’s in Development Practice program’s “Decolonizing Development” course. Please reach out to Lorrie ( with any questions or to discuss developing programming or curricula.

Select Books - History, Politics, and Decolonization

  • Bananas: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World - Peter Chapman
  • Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery - Mark Charles and Soong Chan-Rah
  • Toward the African Revolution - Frantz Fanon
  • The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent - Eduardo Galleano
  • Venceremos! The Speeches and Writings of Che Guevara - ed. John Gerassi
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism - Naomi Klein
  • These Truths: A History of the United States - Jill Lepore
  • Lies my Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Book Got Wrong - James W. Loewen
  • The Colonizer and the The Colonized - Albert Memmi
  • The Idea of Africa - V.Y. Mudimbe
  • An Indigenous People’s History of the United States - Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
  • The Labyrinth of Solitude - Octavio Paz
  • The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians - Francis Prucha
  • Orientalism - Edward Said
  • Colonialism and Neocolonialism - Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug - Augustine Sedgewick
  • Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature - Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  • Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance - Edgar Villaneuva
  • A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn

Select Books - Biography, Race, and Gender

  • Black is the Body: Stories from my Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine - Emily Bernard
  • A Drop of Midnight - Jason Diakite
  • Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution - Mona Eltahawy
  • Sex and World Peace - Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli, and Chad F. Emmett
  • How to be Less Stupid about Race - Crystal M. Fleming
  • Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family - Mitchell S. Jackson
  • Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot - Mikki Kendall
  • Mother to Mother - Sindiwe Magona
  • Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland - Jonathan M. Metzl
  • And They Didn’t Die - Lauretta Ngcobo
  • Born a Crime - Trevor Noah
  • There There - Tommy Orange
  • You Must Set Forth at Dawn - Wole Soyinka
  • The Lemon Tree - Sandy Tolan

TED Talks

  • “We the People”: The Three Most Misunderstood Words in US History - Mark Charles
  • Women at the Negotiating Table: The Missing Piece in Peacebuilding - Manal Omar
  • A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Justice System - Adam John Foss
  • Forgiveness in the Criminal Justice System - Judge Sheila D.J. Calloway


  • PRI - The World
  • No White Saviors
  • Point of Origin
  • Decarcerated
  • Art of Citizenry


  • No White Saviors - @nowhitesaviors
  • Zinn Education Project - @zinneducationproject
  • So You Want to Talk About - @soyouwanttotalkabout


  • Occupied Minds (Available on
  • We’re Not White: A Film by Amer Zahr (Available on YouTube)

GSI Staff Recommendations:


  • White Rage – Carol Anderson
  • So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
  • I’m Still here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown
  • How to be an Anti-Racist – Ibram X. Kendi
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do – Jennifer L. Eberhardt
  • Habits of Whiteness – Terrance Macmullan
  • Blindspot – Mahzarn R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald
  • Global Indios: The Indigenous Struggle for Justice in Sixteenth-Century Spain - Nancy E Van Deusen
  • Slave Rebellion in Brazil: The Muslim Uprising of 1835 in Bahia - João Jose Reis
  • Hotel Tropico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization, 1950–1980 - Jerry Davila
  • Tradition Matters - Ruben Oliven 
  • The Mystery of Samba: Popular Music and National Identity in Brazil - Hermano Vianna
  • Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora - Ella Shohat and Evelyn Alsultany, eds.


  • Intersectionality Matters!
  • 1619 – NYTimes
  • The Diversity Gap
  • Codeswitch

We welcome your suggestions for additional titles to include. Please share your suggestions by emailing with links to your recommendations.