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The Overview Effect: D'Youville’s Windows to the World

The “overview effect,” is a mind shift that occurs when you are flung so far from Earth that you become awed by the fragility and unity of life on our globe. The term specifically refers to the sense of wonder, unity, transcendence, and universal camaraderie that astronauts experience upon seeing a floating far-away Earth. It’s the supernatural sense of understanding the “big picture.”

Join us in the solarium on the 16th floor of the Avant building to expand your perspectives on internationalization and global awareness and to see how expansive thinking can boost creativity, improve understanding, and help our students be more adaptive, connected, and compassionate.

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Recommended Reading List

A collection of books has been created to accompany this salon. Participants are encouraged to use these sources to further their understanding of this topic and continue the conversation. A portion of the proceeds of each book purchased through these Amazon links will be donated to D'Youville's Alumni Association.

Reading List

The Promise of a Pencil
by Adam Braun

Each chapter explains one clear step that every person can take to turn your biggest ambitions into reality, even if you start with as little as $25. His story takes readers behind the scenes, driven by compelling stories and shareable insights, this is a vivid and inspiring book that will give you the tools to make your own life a story worth telling.

by James Burke

In this highly acclaimed and bestselling book, Burke examines the ideas, inventions, and coincidences that have culminated in the major technological advances of today. With dazzling insight, he untangles the pattern of interconnecting events: the accidents of time, circumstance, and place that gave rise to the major inventions of the world.

The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World
by Anne-Marie Slaughter

Concise and accessible, based on real-world situations and a lucid understanding of network science, this will be a go-to resource for anyone looking for a new way to think about our connections on a global scale the size of the internet, filled with ideas on strategy be it personal, politics, or business.

The Twenty-first Century University: Developing Faculty Engagement in Internationalization
by Lisa K. Childress

Identifies what successful institutions have done to overcome endogenous challenges and successfully engage faculty in the internationalization. Extrapolates strategies for colleges and universities to adapt to their unique institutional cultures, histories, and priorities, to support faculty in internationalizing their teaching, research, and service.

Educating Citizens for Global Awareness
by Nel Noddings

Much needed book in our society and planet today, written for educators, it’s useful for anyone who considers themselves a citizen of earth to our political leaders. Inspiring in a hopeful way more than mere wishful thinking, gives evidence to the adage that change in education rises up from the bottom but gets steered from the top.

Global Awareness: Thinking Systematically About the World
by Robert P. Clark

Based on a decade of teaching about global issues, the book focuses on understanding globalization and its effects on our lives, covers principles and concepts from the systems perspective, such as what a system is, how systems grow and decline, and addressed as political questions such as AIDS, energy, species, and terrorism.

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
by Sean Carrol

From thoughts on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions to our deepest personal questions: Where are we? Who are we? Are our beliefs, hopes, and dreams?Do human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview? Our lives are dwarfed like never before but are redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning.

The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, reading, and redemption.

Overview: A New Perspective of Earth
by Benjamin Grant

Inspired by the "Overview Effect,” a sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole, this breathtaking, high-definition satellite photographs offer a new way to look at the landscape that we have shaped in an extraordinary photographic journey.