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Kahn, AB'50, Wolf Kahn Pastels (Harry N. Abrams).
More than 100 colorplates of Kahn's pastels are reproduced in
this volume, with commentary by Kahn on working in the medium.
Art historian Barbara Novak wrote the introduction.
W. Bolle, PhD'61 (editor), Ben's Story: Holocaust
Letters with Selections from the Dutch Underground Press (Southern
Illinois University Press). Bolle juxtaposes reports from the
Dutch underground with the letters of his boyhood friend, Ben
Wessels-who died in Bergen-Belsen-creating a portrait of The Netherlands
during World War II.
F. DeRosa, AB'72, PhD'78, In Defense of Free Capital
Markets: The Case against a New Financial Architecture (Bloomberg
Press). DeRosa argues that despite the remarkable number of currency
and emerging market meltdowns in the 1990s, less-not more-regulation
is needed. He investigates whether government responses to turmoil
have been effective and concludes that aggressive intervention
is no panacea.
Etzkowitz, AB'62, Magnus Gulbrandson, and Janet Levitt,
Public Venture Capital: Government Funding Sources for Technology
Entrepreneurs (Harcourt). This guide to funding programs for
small companies includes an analysis of U.S. science and technology
policy and a history of the interaction between universities and
E. Foglesong, AM'73, PhD'81, Married to the Mouse:
Walt Disney World and Orlando (Yale University Press). Foglesong
traces the evolving relationship between the Disney Company and
the surrounding Florida community since the 1960s. Showing how
Disney has been shielded from government regulation and has acquired
governmental powers, the author analyzes broader questions such
as whether privatization and deregulation offer a viable strategy
for economic development.
John M. Scalzi II, AB'91,
The Rough Guide to Money Online: How to Bank, Invest and Make
Finance Work on the Internet (Rough Guides). Scalzi maps the
world of online finance, reviewing hundreds of sites and explaining
how to set up online banking and brokerage accounts.
E. Frederick, AB'95, Wilt's on Stilts! (Stilts).
A boy builds himself stilts as a remedy for being short. Able
to take long strides, he goes on a journey.
Ohta, AM'97 (translator) A Rainbow in the Desert:
An Anthology of Early Twentieth Century Japanese Children's Literature
(M. E. Sharpe). Stories, poems, and a play previously unavailable
in North America make up this collection of newly translated literature,
all of which embody the evolving concept of childhood in early-20th-century
Laura Harris Hapke, AM'69,
Labor's Text: The Worker in American Fiction (Rutgers University
Press). Hapke explores literary representations of American workers
in their cultural and historical contexts, charting how they have
been portrayed and sometimes misrepresented in American fiction.
Hapke's analysis ranges from depictions of early artisan "aristocrats"
to present-day marginalized workers.
N. King, AM'66, PhD'73, Milton and Religious Controversy:
Satire and Polemic in Paradise Lost (Cambridge University
Press). King investigates religious satire and polemic in Milton's
biblical epic. He argues that Paradise Lost takes on new meaning
when understood as part of a strategy of protest against ecclesiastical
formalism and clericalism.
Ronald M. Cervero, AM'75,
PhD'79, and Arthur Wilson (editors), Power in Practice:
Adult Education and the Struggle for Knowledge and Power in Society
(Jossey-Bass). Contributors to this book examine how power relationships
in the wider society are manifested in the programs, practices,
and policies of adult education. The book provides real-life cases
that illustrate the pivotal role of adult educators.
G. Reamer, AM'75, PhD'78, Ethics Education in Social
Work (Council on Social Work Education). Reamer provides a
comprehensive overview of ethics-related content in social-work
education, focusing on professional values and on ethical dilemmas,
decision making, and misconduct.
Stephen H. Webb, AM'84, PhD'89,
Taking Religion to School: Christian Theology and Secular Education
(Brazos Press). If religion is to be a part of the public-school
curriculum, Webb argues, then educators need help in thinking
about how to teach it. Webb's book advances an approach that goes
beyond the polarized options of objectivity and advocacy.
W. Buffa, AM'68, PhD'80, The Judgment (Warner
Books). Real-life defense attorney Buffa opens his legal thriller
with the funeral of a powerful but unpopular Oregon judge who
has been murdered. After the case is, in theory, solved, a second
judge meets the same fate, and the protagonist agrees to defend
the homeless man accused of the crime.
W. Kirschten, AM'75, PhD'77, Chicago Poems (Edwin
Mellen Press). Kirschten's poems draw on sights, tastes, and institutions-human
and otherwise-of Chicago. The Wrigley Building, the Picasso, The
Sting, Giordano's deep-dish pizza, Frank Lloyd Wright, Michael
Jordan, and Mrs. O'Leary's cow are among his subjects.
A. Sells, AM'77, PhD'82, Stations of Desire: Love
Elegies from Ibn `Arabi and New Poems (Ibis Editions). Sells
has translated 24 poems by the 13th-century Arabic poet Ibn `Arabi
of Murcia, author of The Translator of Desires. Sells includes
some of his own poems as well.
Laura L. Doan, PhD'83,
Fashioning Sapphism: The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian
Culture (Columbia University Press). Doan reinterprets the
role of the controversial novelist Radclyffe Hall and other lesbians
in the formation of a modern lesbian subculture in early-20th-century
England, looking at the emergence of a visible lesbian culture
from the perspectives of law, sexology, fashion, and literary
and visual representation.
M. Cobb, AM'91, PhD'97, White Banners: Contention
in `Abbasid Syria, 750-880 (State University of New York Press).
Once the elites of a thriving Muslim empire, Syrians found themselves
recast as provincials following the Iraqi-based `Abbasid revolution.
Cobb shows how medieval Syrians used violence in attempts to reclaim
Anthony J. Crubaugh, AB'85,
Balancing the Scales of Justice: Local Courts and Rural Society
in Southwest France, 1750-1800 (Pennsylvania State University
Press). Crubaugh examines changes in local judicial institutions
in 18th-century France, assessing the impact of the French Revolution
on rural society.
Brendan M. Dooley, PhD'86,
and Sabrina Alcorn Baron,
AM'82, PhD'95 (editors), The Politics of Information
in Early Modern Europe (Routledge). A diverse group of international
scholars have contributed essays on the advent of news as an organized
information industry in early modern Europe. A particular focus
is the evolution of the news media in 17th-century England, including
how news played on the English stage, from Jonson to Sheridan.
Ronald B. Inden, AB'61, AM'63,
PhD'72, Imagining India (Indiana University
Press). Inden suggests that the West's distorted depictions of
India as a land dominated by imagination rather than reason has
deprived Indians of their capacity to rule their world.
M. Jeep, PhD'90, editor, Medieval Germany: An Encyclopedia
(Garland Publishing-Taylor and Francis Group). Covering German
and Dutch society from 500 to 1500, this volume includes more
than 700 entries written by some 200 scholars.
James Simeone, AB'82, AM'84,
PhD'92, Democracy and Slavery in Frontier Illinois:
The Bottomland Republic (Northern Illinois University Press).
Simeone analyzes the early 1820s pro-democracy movement in Illinois,
which paradoxically also produced an effort to expand slave-holding
rights in the state.
Thomas A. Sebeok, AB'41,
The Swiss Pioneer in Nonverbal Communication Studies: Heini Hediger
(1908-1992) (Legas). In this monograph, Sebeok reviews the work
of biosemiotics pioneer Hediger, director of the Zurich Zoo. Sebeok
links Hediger's research with captive animals to the current view
of semiosis and communication as cross-species phenomena.
G. Bartle, SM'48, PhD'51, A Modern Theory of Integration
(American Mathematical Society). Bartle introduces a relatively
new theory of the integral (the "generalized Riemann integral"
or the "Henstock-Kurzweil integral") that corrects the defects
in the classical Riemann theory and both simplifies and extends
the Lebesgue theory of integration.
Science and Law
AM'46, PhD'49, JD'51, Constitutional Structure and
Purposes: Critical Commentary (Greenwood Publishing Group).
Conant critiques decision making in the Supreme Court, emphasizing
the justices' failures to consider Constitutional structure and
the original meaning of language in context. Conant opposes redefining
the Constitution to keep up with changing times.
John Martin Gillroy, AM'80,
PhD'85, Justice & Nature: Kantian Philosophy, Environmental
Policy, and the Law (Georgetown University Press). Criticizing
the practice of basing environmental policy on cost-benefit analysis,
Gillroy proposes a system for making policy that allows for protecting
moral and ecological values in the face of market demands.
S. Podgor, MBA'87, and Edward M. Wise, International
Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (Casebook Series). This
casebook focuses on the effects of globalization on contemporary
U.S. criminal law and on the prosecution of international crimes.
J. Ware, JD'90, Alternative Dispute Resolution
(West Group). Ware delineates the law and concepts central to
arbitration, negotiation, mediation, and other forms of alternative
dispute resolution. For students and practitioners, the book treats
the subjects from the perspectives of theory, practice, and legal
T. Brandes, PhD'81, Stepfamily Life Can Be Hell
but It Doesn't Have to Be! 7 Steps to Recreating Family (Segue
Books). Brandes outlines methods by which couples can build new
families while preserving and enriching their own relationship.
Farris, AM'67, AM'72, PhD'74,
Type Tales: Understanding and Celebrating Diversity through
Type (Center for the Applications of Psychological Type).
The ideas of Jungian personality-type psychology are explored
through four illustrated stories to be read to children. Farris
includes commentary for parents, teachers, and counselors.
Ariel, AM'82, PhD'86, Evangelizing the Chosen People:
Missions to the Jews in America, 1880-2000 (University of
North Carolina Press). Ariel offers a comprehensive history of
Protestant evangelization of Jews in America, based on research
in missionary archives as well as Jewish writings. He analyzes
the theology and activities of the missions and the converts and
describes the Jewish community's reactions.
B. Genung, AM'40, DB'41,
A Street Called Love (Hope Publishing House). In a history
of All Peoples Christian Church and Community Center in Los Angeles,
its founder begins with its establishment in the 1940s and includes
material by other members of the church.
F. Meyer, AM'69, PhD'73,
Myths in Stone: Religious Dimensions of Washington, D.C.
(University of California Press). Meyer discusses the mythic and
symbolic sources that have influenced the urban structure, architecture,
and memorials of the ceremonial core of the nation's capital city.
C. Yu, PhD'59,
translator, History of Chinese Daoism, Vol.1 (University
Press of America). The first volume in Yu's English translation
of the four-volume work Zhongguo daojiao shi covers Daoism's predecessors,
the founding of Daoism in the Late Han Dynasty, and the growth
of Daoism in the period of political disunion from 420 to 581.
AB'76, AM'84, PhD'91, Official Rules of Chess
(Cardoza Publishing). In his 100th book on the game, Schiller
presents the official rules of chess compiled for the 2000 World
Chess Championship match, as well as rules for online play. The
book features international rules used in over 160 countries,
rather than those of the United States Chess Federation.
Frederick W. Danker,
PhD'63 (editor), A Greek-English Lexicon of the
New Testament and other Early Christian Literature, third edition
(University of Chicago Press). Danker has revised and edited Walter
Bauer's Wörterbuch, the reference work for Biblical and classical
scholars. This English-language edition adds extended definitions
of Greek words and 15,000 new references to classical intertestamental,
early Christian, and modern literature.
O. Dykstal, AM'86, PhD'91, The Luxury of Skepticism:
Politics, Philosophy, and Dialogue in the English Public Sphere,
1660-1740, (University Press of Virginia). From Hobbes to
Shaftesbury to Berkeley, Dykstal explores the public function
of philosophical dialogue in early-18th-century England. He argues
that dialogue helped develop and transform the public sphere.
S. Janowski, PhD'96, Cartesian Theodicy. Descartes'
Quest for Certitude, (Archives Internationales D'Histoire
des Idées) and Index Augustino-Cartesian: Textes et Commentaire
(VRIN). Almost all interpreters of Cartesian philosophy have focused
on its epistemological aspect. In Cartesian Theodicy, Janowski
demonstrates that the epistemological problems are fundamentally
theological questions. In his Index, Janowski shows the extent
of Augustine's influence on the formation of Cartesian metaphysics.
Joel S. Kaminsky, AM'84, PhD'93,
and Alice Ogden Bellis, editors, Jews, Christians, and the
Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures (Society of Biblical Literature).
This anthology explores how Jewish and Christian religious commitments
affect theological appraisals of the Hebrew scriptures. These
essays also document how contemporary Jewish-Christian dialogue
influences modern critical reflection on the theology of the Hebrew
R. Michael Perry, SB'69,
Forever for All: Moral Philosophy, Cryonics, and the Scientific
Prospects for Immortality (Universal Publishers). Perry considers
how to use technology and medical advances to strive for immortality.
He develops an argument for the possibility of resurrecting the
dead, calling efforts to achieve immortality a great moral project.
L. Peterson AM'87, PhD'91, Being Human: Ethics,
Environment, and Our Place in the World (University of California
Press). Peterson explores the complex connections among conceptions
of human nature, attitudes toward nonhuman nature, and ethics.
B. Sarles, PhD'66, Nietzsche's Prophecy: The Crisis
in Meaning (Humanity Press). Arguing that Nietzsche's prophecy
of the death of God and the rise of nihilism has come to haunt
us, Sarles probes the many ways in which contemporary men and
women grope for meaning.
AB'75, Roger Tol, and Kees van Dijk (editors), Authority
and Enterprise Among the Peoples of South Sulawesi (Koninklijk
Institut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde Press). This collection
of papers focuses on the peoples whose homeland is the southwestern
peninsula of Sulawesi in Indonesia, exploring the nexus between
power and trade, domination and commerce among the region's diverse
Chun, AM'79, PhD'85, Unstructuring Chinese Society:
The Fictions of Colonial Practice and the Changing Realities of
"Land" in the New Territories of Hong Kong (Harwood Academic Publishers).
Chun challenges existing theories of social organization in analyzing
historical contradictions, political conflicts, and social transformations
wrought by colonial rule in Hong Kong over the past century.
J. Cottle, AM'63, PhD'68, At Peril: Stories of Injustice
(University of Massachusetts Press); Mind Fields: Adolescent
Consciousness in a Culture of Distraction (Peter Lang Publishing);
and Hardest Times: The Trauma of Long Term Unemployment (Praeger
Publishers). In At Peril, Cottle uses "story sociology"
to collect and analyze personal accounts from children and adults
that illustrate such social concerns as youth crime, domestic
violence, public education, and health care. Mind Fields
explores how the consciousness of adolescents is shaped by the
distracting culture of computers, television, and the entertainment
industry. Cottle believes that adolescents' inner experiences
are as much a product of this culture as of individual temperament.
In Hardest Times, Cottle uses the stories of men without jobs
to argue that even in a time of shifting gender roles, men still
define themselves primarily by their work, not their relationships.
H. Frink, AM'70, PhD'75, Women after Communism:
The East German Experience (University Press of America).
Through statistical research, case studies, and interviews, Frink
details the accomplishments of East German women under the socialist
regime and their changing status in the decade since unification.
Roberta Kahane Ash Garner,
AB'62, AM'63, PhD'66 (editor), Social Theory: Continuity
and Confrontation (Broadview Press). Garner has assembled
selections from classic and modern works of social theory, ranging
from Machiavelli to Marx to the Chicago School. The book also
includes contemporary writers such as Bourdieu and Arjun
Appadurai, AM'73, PhD'76.
F. Hamilton, AB'50, Marxism, Revisionism, and Leninism:
Explication, Assessment, and Commentary and Mass Society, Pluralism,
and Bureaucracy: Explication, Assessment, and Commentary (Praeger
Publishers). In the first book, Hamilton explains and evaluates
Marxism, Marxist revisionism, and Leninism, analyzing the theories
from the viewpoints of urban and industrial sociology, economic
and political history, and social movements. In Mass Society,
he assesses the claims and validity of three major social theories-mass
society, pluralism, and bureaucracy-often used to explain modern
M. Masquelier, PhD'93, Prayer Has Spoiled Everything:
Possession, Power, and Identity in an Islamic Town of Niger
(Duke University Press). An anthropologist, Masquelier writes
about the power of bori, mischievous invisible beings that the
Mawri people believe populate the bush. Masquelier analyzes how
this phenomenon affects the lives of peasants confronted with
a culture profoundly changed by the spread of Islam.
B. Murphy, PhD'87; Douglas L. Johnson, AM'68, PhD'71;
and Viola Haarmann (editors), Cultural Encounters with the
Environment (Rowman & Littlefield). These papers on cultural
geography by colleagues and students of Chicago geography professor
Marvin W. Mikesell explore how cultural spaces are created, their
effect on the natural environment, and how claims to place are
Philip Carl Salzman, AM'66,
PhD'72, The Anthropology of Real Life: Events in
Human Experience (Waveland); Black Tents of Baluchistan (Smithsonian
Institution Press); and Understanding Culture: An Introduction
to Anthropological Theory (Waveland). While people are shaped
by their cultures and social status, Salzman uses case studies
from his own research to argue in Real Life that events-whether
caused by natural forces, by other people, or by people themselves-take
on a life of their own in determining human destinies. Black
Tents is a detailed ethnography of the Yarahmadzai, pastoral
nomads of the Sarhad region of southeastern Iran. Salzman describes
how they respond to the unpredictability of their physical, political,
and economic environments. In Understanding Culture, Salzman examines
six theoretical schools within anthropology, illustrating each
approach through case studies.
Carmi Stier, PhD'90, and Marta Tienda, The Color
of Opportunity: Pathways to Family, Welfare, and Work (University
of Chicago Press). The authors argue that urban poverty is the
by-product of institutional racism, comparing information about
national populations with data from the Urban Poverty and Family
Life Survey in Chicago.
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