AUGUST 2000: CLASS NOTES (print version)
S. Munger, SB'43, SM'48, PhD'51,
Cultures, Chess, & Art: A Collector's Odyssey across Seven Continents:
Volume Three: Pacific Islands & Asia (Mundial Press). In the latest
addition to his series, Munger combines anthropology and history with
the aesthetics and collection of chess pieces. Through illustrations
and descriptions of 89 ethnic chess sets, Munger depicts the cultures
found in 22 countries and as many islands in the Pacific, spanning 17
centuries. Wolfgang Schorlau, Down at Theresa's-Chicago Blues: The
Photographs of Marc PoKempner (Prestel). This book contains more
than 80 black-and-white photographs by Marc
J. PoKempner, AB'73, taken at Theresa's and other neighborhood
Chicago blues clubs since the late '60s.
M. Promey, PhD'88,
Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's Triumph of Religion
at the Boston Public Library (Princeton University Press). Promey
interprets the imagery in Sargent's religiously controversial library
panels within the context of the cultural currents running through 19th-
and 20th-century America, particularly Boston.
June Rachuy Brindel, AB'45,
Zelinsky, editors, Bernard Brindel: Who Wore at His Heart
the Fire's Centre (Heraclitus Press). Contributors to this biography
of the late teacher and Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor and composer
Bernard Brindel range from CSO members to lifelong friend Studs Terkel,
PhB'32, JD'34, to those who spoke with him for only a few hours.
S. Lachenmeyer, X'91, The Outsider (Broadway Books). In this
memoir, Lachenmeyer recounts how schizophrenia transformed his late
father from a brilliant sociology professor into a homeless alcoholic.
Jacques Silber, AM'73, PhD'75,
Handbook on Income Inequality Measurement (Kluwer Academic Publishers)
and, with Yves Flückiger, The Measurement of Segregation in the Labor
Force (Springer-Verlag). The first book surveys the theoretical
foundations of income inequality measurement and includes contributions
from 50 authors. The second discusses different methods of measuring
segregation in the labor force.
Mary Louis Charnon-Deutsch,
Fictions of the Feminine in the 19th-Century Spanish Press (Penn
State University Press). Using a wide array of images from popular magazines
of the day, Charnon-Deutsch finds that women were typically presented
in ways that were reassuring to the emerging bourgeois culture. She
organizes 190 images reproduced in the book into six broad categories,
reading women's bodies as a romantic symbol of beauty or evil, as a
privileged link with the natural order, as a font of male inspiration,
as a mouthpiece of bourgeois mores, as a focalized point of male fear
and desire, and as an eroticized expression of Spanish exoticism and
R. Klotman and Janet
Klotman Cutler, AB'70, editors, Struggles for Representation:
African American Documentary Film and Video (Indiana University
Press). Contributors explore how more than 300 documentaries by some
250 African-American filmmakers reveal the aesthetic, economic, historical,
political, and social forces that shape the lives of black Americans.
C. Kolin, AM'67,
Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire (Cambridge University Press).
Kolin chronicles the history of Streetcar productions from 1947 to 1998,
surveying major national premieres by leading directors and analyzing
interpretations by black and gay theater companies and by other art
forms, including ballet and television.
Frank Monroe Sr., PhD'82,
Power to Hurt: The Virtues of Alienation (University of Illinois
Press). Monroe outlines a new approach, which he calls "virtue criticism."
Using this framework, he demonstrates that works of alienation by authors
such as T. S. Eliot and Vladimir Nabokov are filled not only with belligerence
but also with the virtues of trust and solidarity with the reader.
Arnott Oppen, MAT'63, Shakespeare: Listening to the Women
(Seaview Press). Oppen provides the writings of Renaissance women to
verify the voices of several of Shakespeare's female characters, shedding
light on what it was like to be a woman in 1600 and on whether Shakespeare
represented women as they saw themselves.
A. Shuman, AB'63, AM'65,
Library Security and Safety Handbook: Prevention, Policies, and Procedures
(American Library Association Editions). Shuman discusses the major
risk factors facing libraries and offers strategies for developing security
policies and staff procedures.
J. Tobin, PhD'83,
Good Guys Don't Wear Hats: Children's Talk About the Media (Teachers
College Press). Tobin challenges the conventional notion that the media
easily fools children, concluding instead that they are capable of critical
interpretations of the movies and TV shows they watch.
Hargus Brown, MBA'89,
The Virgin Spring (Harlequin Historicals). Winner of the Romance
Writers of America Golden Heart Award, Brown's novel tells of a 13th-century
Scottish laird who risks his position and his heart when he falls for
an amnesiac Englishwoman who heals his badly burned body.
E. de la Cruz, MLA'96,
Three Dolls to Polvoron: Plays on Creation, Food, and Whatever
(Research on Educational and Environmental Development Foundation).
Written in Pilipino, this collection of nine plays displays a variety
of styles, including satire, farce, tragedy, historical drama, and theater
of the absurd. Penelope Villarica Flores, PhD'84, wrote the introduction.
F. Spackman, AB'95,
Fragments of Enor (1stbooks.com). Continuing her Voyage of the
Discovery series, Spackman follows the futuristic adventures of a group
of humans and their spaceship as they attempt to escape from hostile
aliens and find their way through lost lands.
E. Zale, AB'81,
Techies Unite: Helen, Sweetheart of the Internet (McGraw-Hill).
Zale's alternative comic strip centers on a beautiful and brilliant
24-year-old computer whiz who runs a large company's information-systems
Science and Law
F. Faber, PhD'61,
and Richard B. Faber, The American Presidents Ranked by Performance
(McFarland & Company). The authors rank the U.S. presidents, providing
analyses of their individual accomplishments while in office as well
as additional biographical and political information.
Jay M. Feinman,
JD'75, Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About the
American Legal System (Oxford University Press). Feinman covers
the American legal waterfront, presenting the basics of the litigation
process; constitutional; tort; and criminal law; and other areas.
S. Feldacker, JD'65,
Labor Guide to Labor Law (Prentice Hall). This newly revised
and expanded guide to labor law in the private sector is written from
the labor perspective, emphasizing the issues of greatest importance
B. Gorham, AB'82,
The Theater of Politics: Hannah Arendt, Political Science, and Higher
Education (Lexington Books). Gorham questions how political-science
departments, and universities in general, can be more responsive to
undergraduate students, using Arendt's theories of political discussion
to argue that universities can be transformed into political spaces
where students are taught civic judgment.
A. Parness, JD'74,
Advanced Civil Procedure: Civil Claim Settlement Laws (Carolina
Academic Press). A primer for lawyers and a text for upper-level law
students, this book explores issues related to the settlement of future
and pending civil claims in the United States. Topics include contracts
for mandatory and binding arbitration of disputes; the roles of trial
judges; the settlement authority of lawyers, parties, and others; the
effects of partial settlements on remaining and related civil claims
and their trials; and the enforcement of settlement agreements.
H. Read, AB'80,
Power versus Liberty: Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson
(University Press of Virginia). Reconstructing passionate debates and
delineating the complexity of the issue, Read examines how four of the
nation's founders addressed whether every increase in governmental power
entails a loss of personal liberty.
Rosen, AM'65, PhD'68, JD'74, The Justice of Islam: Comparative
Perspectives on Islamic Law and Society (Oxford University Press).
Rosen explores the connections between everyday social life and contemporary
Muslim ideas of justice and reason, going beyond stereotypes of rigid
doctrine punishment to view Islamic law as a kind of common law closely
attached to the cultural history of its adherents.
J. Schiller, AB'86, Partners and Rivals: Representation
in U.S. Senate Delegations (Princeton University Press). Schiller
seeks to demonstrate that when senators from the same state are viewed
as a pair, their combined representational agendas cover a wide range
of their constituents' interests and opinions, whether or not they belong
to the same party.
Friedman Woods, X'45, Stepping Up to Power: The Political
Journey of American Women (Westview Press). Woods examines the role
of women in politics through a broad national scope and through her
own experiences working her way up to become lieutenant governor of
Missouri and later the president of the National Women's Political Caucus.
Kaplan Belsky, PhD'76,
The Psychology of Aging: Theory, Research, and Interventions
(Wadsworth). This revised textbook relates the aging experience through
first-person narrative accounts. With chapters structured to unfold
like a novel, Belsky's book highlights the connections between concepts,
research, and applications.
D. Chessick, PhB'49, SB'54, MD'54, Psychoanalytic Clinical
Practice (Free Association Books). Chessick sums up insights gleaned
from his 45 years of psychoanalytic practice. Through detailed case
studies, he aims to help mental-health practitioners improve their own
psychotherapeutic skills and better understand the profession's pitfalls.
L. Hartmann, AB'52, Dreams and Nightmares: The New Theory
on the Origin and Meaning of Dreams (Perseus Books Group). Hartmann
sets forth his theory holding that dreams are neither meaningless nor
simple wish fulfillment but the result of a biological and mental process
triggered by pressing internal forces.
S. Claussen, MBA'86,
editor, Standing on the Promises: Promise Keepers and
the Revival of Manhood (Pilgrim Press) and The Promise Keepers:
Essays on Masculinity and Christianity (McFarland & Company). In
these essay collections, scholars in sociology, religion, communications,
women's studies, and other fields analyze the Promise Keepers Christian
men's movement. The contributors focus on gender and sexuality issues
and present positive, negative, and neutral views of the group.
R. Flynn, AB'52, AM'55, PhD'58,
How to Defend Humane Ideals: Substitutes for Objectivity (University
of Nebraska Press). Flynn argues that both objectivism and postmodernism
in ethics are rationally indefensible and counterproductive. He uses
philosophical analysis to show the relevance of social science to moral
debate, and uses social science to defend humane-egalitarian ideals
against racism, Social Darwinism, evolutionary ethics, Nietzsche, and
the meritocracy thesis of the Bell Curve.
H. Friedlander, PhB'46, editor,
Out of the Whirlwind: The Literature of the Holocaust (UAHC Press).
This revised edition has been expanded to include works by second-generation
Christian Germans, Harvard professor Daniel J. Goldhagen, artist and
graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, and other young contemporary writers.
W. Howard, AB'74,
Self-Management and the Crisis of Socialism: The Rose in the Fist
of the Present (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). Howard critiques
liberal, communitarian, postmodern, and some Marxist perspectives to
develop a model of self-managed market socialism that advocates a basic
income for all.
Varma Mayaram, AM'81,
Resisting Regimes: Myth, Memory, and the Shaping of a Muslim Identity
(Oxford University Press). Mayaram contributes to debates in the studies
of ethnic identities and sub-continental Islam, state formation, nationalism,
peasant and religious movements, oral history and memory, and violence.
He focuses on the past century's reshaping of the identity of the Meo,
a group situated between Hinduism and Islam.
R. McDermott, AB'74,
Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods: Christian Theology, Enlightenment
Religion, and Non-Christian Faiths (Oxford University Press) and
Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions? Jesus, Revelation, and
the Religions (InterVarsity Press). In the first work, McDermott
unpacks Edwards's encounters with Islamic, Chinese, Judaic, Greco-Roman,
and Native-American thought. In the second, he asks whether Christians
can better understand what they call the revelation of God in Christ
through the study of other religions.
Ben-Ze'ev, PhD'81, The Subtlety of Emotions (MIT Press).
The author relies on everyday examples and a number of theoretical approaches
and popular sources to explain emotions.
D. Diemer, AM'52, Davis from the Inside Out: Davis as
City (National Housing Register). The first in a three-volume series
about the university town of Davis, California, this book details significant
locations and events and uses maps and charts to show how the city has
grown and changed over the past 80 years.
Fabian, AM'65, PhD'69, Out of Our Minds: Reason and Madness
in the Exploration of Central Africa (University of California Press).
Fabian writes to debunk the myth of heroic travel and make a plea for
recognizing that states and conditions beyond a researcher's control
can be sources of ethnographic knowledge.
Bjork Guneratne, AM'89, PhD'98, In the Circle of the Dance:
Notes of an Outsider in Nepal (Cornell University Press). Guneratne
chronicles her yearlong stay in rural Nepal alongside her anthropologist
husband, providing both a primer on the realities of fieldwork and insights
into South Asian cultures.
J. Guthrie, AB'92,
Dragon in a Three-Piece Suit: The Emergence of Capitalism in China
(Princeton University Press). In his examination of economic reforms
in China, Guthrie focuses on the ways state-owned factories are transforming
the nation's economy and the role of foreign investment in this process.
L. Miller, PhD'66, and Bruce Tucker, Changing Plans for
America's Inner Cities: Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine and 20th-Century
Urbanism (Ohio State University Press). Through a case study of
a Cincinnati neighborhood, the authors illuminate changing conceptions
of culture and community and how those changing views affect city planning
and plan implementation.
Prashad, AM'90, PhD'94,
The Karma of Brown Folk (University of Minnesota Press) and Untouchable
Freedom: A Social History of a Dalit Community (Oxford University
Press). In Karma, Prashad attacks the two pillars of the "model minority"
image-that South Asians are both inherently successful and pliant-and
analyzes the ways in which U.S. immigration policy and American Orientalism
have perpetuated these stereotypes. The second book traces the struggles
of the Balmikis of Delhi from the 1860s to the present as they have
moved from agricultural labor to urban work.
> > In America by Susan
everything seems located in the past," writes Susan Sontag, AB'51, in
the prologue of her fourth novel, In America: A Novel (Farrar, Straus
and Giroux). "Perhaps that's an illusion, but I feel nostalgic for every
era before I was born." Sontag brings to life her nostalgia for the
1800s in this fictional account of celebrated Polish actress Maryna
Zalezowska--a character based on real-life 19th-century diva Helena
Modrzejewska. Beginning in 1876, the novel follows Maryna as she abandons
the stage in her native land to establish a utopian commune near Anaheim,
California. Trailing behind her to this new land of opportunity are
a group of Poles that includes her husband, her son, and a young love-struck
writer, Ryszard Kierul, modeled after Nobel laureate Henryk Sienkiewicz,
Modrzejewska's lover. When the commune fails, Maryna returns to theater,
traveling across the United States as an American railway car performer
named Marina Zalenska. Sontag's narrative goes on to reveal the workings
of 19th-century American theater and a woman's self-transformation,
through heated romantic encounters and an ultimately successful and