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alumni books, CDs, performances, and exhibitions. For inclusion,
please send the information about your work (title; publisher, distribution,
or venue; and synopsis) to Alumni Works Editor, University of
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Art and Archaeology
Janine Barchas, AM’90, PhD’95,
Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel
(Cambridge University Press). Recovering the diverse and unusual
graphic design of books from the first half of the 18th century,
Barchas shows how the novel’s material embodiment once equalled
its narrative content in visual inventiveness.
Hattula Moholy-Nagy, AM’58,
The Artifacts of Tikal: Utilitarian Artifacts and Unworked Material
(University of Pennsylvania Museum Publications). Moholy-Nagy
catalogues and contextualizes objects and materials recovered from
Tikal, the pre-colonial economic, cultural, and religious center
of the Guatemalan lowlands.
Ellen K. Moore, MAT’68,
Navajo Beadwork: Architectures of Light (University of
Arizona Press). More than simple decoration, Navajo beadwork, Moore
argues, is generated by a structure of traditional beliefs and from
observation of natural light phenomena such as fires, rainbows,
Robert S. Nelson and Margaret
Olin, AB’68, AM’77, PhD’82, editors, Monuments
and Memory, Made and Unmade (University of Chicago Press).
Comparing the demolition of Afghani religious monuments with America’s
need to commemorate the World Trade Center destruction, these essays
consider of the significance of memorials throughout world history.
Nelson is a professor of art history at Chicago and Olin teaches
at the School of the Art Institute.
C. Roger Nance, Stephen
L. Whittington, AB’77, and Barbara Borg, Archaeology
and Ethnohistory of Iximche (University of Florida Press).
Working with recovered ceramics and skeletal remains, as well as
written records from just after the Spanish conquest in the 1520s,
the authors reconstruct the history of Iximche, the Cakchiquel Mayan
capital that became the first Spanish colonial capital in Guatemala.
Biography & Letters
Ted Solotaroff, AM’56, First
Loves (Seven Stories Press). Solotaroff’s memoir recounts
the beginning and end of his marriage, and the fortunes and flaws
that brought about both.
Business & Economics
Donald P. Delves, MBA’80, Stock
Options & the New Rules of Corporate Accountability (McGraw-Hill).
An expert on the ethics of executive compensation, Delves examines
the fairest way to pay executives and the changing role of stock
options in a troubled economy.
William W. Keating Jr.,
MBA’82, Leveraged to the Hilt? (Directed Dollars
Publishing). This guide to debt management features a CD-ROM containing
programs designed to organize information and aid decision-making.
Joel Stern, MBA’64,
and Irwin Ross, Against the Grain: How to Succeed in Business by
Peddling Heresy (John Wiley & Sons). Stern, the managing partner
of Stern Stewart & Co. and an authority on financial economics
and corporate valuation, explains the origins of his concept of
Economic Value Added.
Marie Borroff, PhB’43, AM’46,
Traditions and Renewals: Chaucer, the Gawain-Poet, and Beyond
(Yale University Press). A professor emerita of English at
Yale, Borroff offers fresh readings of the tropes, themes, metrics,
and historical contexts of Chaucer and his nameless contemporary
Joseph Epstein, AB’59,
Envy (Oxford University Press). From a philosophical history
of envy to a reading of Shakespeare’s Othello, Epstein examines
the deadly sin that “clouds thought, replaces generosity,
precludes any hope of serenity, and ends in shriveling the heart.
Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.”
Joel T. Rosenthal, AB’54,
AM’58, PhD’63, Telling Tales: Sources and
Narration in Late Medieval England (Pennsylvania State University
Press). Examining primary sources from 14th- and 15th-century England,
Rosenthal constructs a portrait of daily life in the late Middle
Arvid Sponberg, AM’67,
A. R. Gurney: A Casebook (Routledge). With this collection
of interviews and essays from playwrights, actors, directors, and
critics, Sponberg provides a comprehensive guide to the achievements
of American playwright A. R. Gurney, whose works include The Dining
Room, Love Letters, and The Cocktail Hour.
Damtew Teferra and Philip G. Altbach, AB’62,
AM’63, PhD’66, editors, African Higher Education:
An International Reference Handbook (Indiana University Press).
In their survey of African higher education, Teferra and Altbach
compile essays on each of Africa’s 54 countries and on such
key topics as financing and economics, gender issues, technology,
and university-state relations.
Dane S. Claussen, MBA’86,
Anti-intellectualism in the American Media: Magazines and Higher
Education (Peter Lang Publishing). Analyzing news magazines’
coverage of higher education since 1944, Claussen finds that the
media contribute to anti-intellectualism by presenting campuses
as places rampant with drinking, drug use, sex, and political dissent
rather than as centers of thought and study.
Cassandra Torrico, AM’93,
and Mario Yapu, Formacion Docente y Escuelas Rurales en Tiempos
de Reforma Educativa: Lectoescritura y socializacion (PIEB).
This work is a study of teacher training and the conditions of rural
schools under new educational reforms in Bolivia.
David Gerwin and Jack Zevin,
AB’62, MAT’64, Teaching U.S. History as Mystery
(Heinemann and Co.). This 7th- through 12th-grade teacher’s
guide to U.S. history instruction recommends that materials be set
out as a mystery for students to solve. Taking primary sources as
evidence, they are taught how to think through conflicts and differing
viewpoints, mimicking the work of professional historians.
Fiction & Poetry
Marie Borroff, PhB’43, AM’46,
Stars and Other Signs (Yale University Press). Written
over the course of 50 years, Borroff’s poems explore the nature
of time, old age, literary acquaintances, and the author’s
beloved New England landscape.
Jack Eadon, MBA’74,
The Armstrong Solution (Vantage Press). Fast-food executive
Kathy Armstrong enters a dangerous world of corporate corruption
and intrigue in Eadon’s latest novel.
Adam Freedman, LLM’92,
Elated By Details (Mayhaven Publishing). Troubled characters
seek ways to escape their lives in Freedman’s debut collection
of prize-winning short fiction, which has won critical acclaim for
its satire, wordplay, and comic timing.
Susan Fromberg Schaeffer,
AM’61, AM’63, PhD’66, The Snow Fox
(W.W. Norton and Co.). The tale of an aristocratic love triangle
in medieval Japan, Schaeffer’s novel concerns a samurai and
a beautiful poet who are forbidden to meet. In exile, the lovers
adopt foxes and name them after each other. Schaeffer is visiting
professor of English at the University of Chicago.
Laurel Richardson, AB’55, AB’56,
with Verta Taylor and Nancy Whittier, Feminist Frontiers
(McGraw-Hill). The sixth edition of this gender studies anthology
includes new articles on masculinity, the media, war, and “third-wave”
Robert R. Reynolds, SB’39, The
Last Bonanza (Trafford Books). Reynolds charts the geology,
history, mining techniques, and equipment of a northwestern Illinois
Health and Medicine
Ellen Siobhan Mitchell, SB’97,
Antidepressants (Drugs: The Straight Facts) (Chelsea House
Publications). Writing for high-school and college-aged readers,
Mitchell describes the effects and side-effects of common antidepressants.
David Kritchevsky, SB’39,
SM’42, Parodies and Commentaries (American
Organic Chemists’ Society). In this booklet, Kritchevsky spoofs
the field of chemistry and nutrition.
Mitchel B. Sosis, SM’72,
PhD’74, editor, Anesthesia Equipment Manual
(Lippincott). Sosis has compiled a comprehensive user’s manual
for modern anesthetizing equipment, covering hazards, complications,
and safety features.
History & Current
Nathan J. Brown, AB’80, Palestinian
Politics After the Oslo Accords (University of California Press).
Based on extensive fieldwork and interviews with Palestinian leaders,
Brown offers an internal perspective on Palestinian politics, arguing
that Palestinian state-building efforts are attempts to recover
from an interrupted history and rejoin the Arab world.
Susan L. Burns, PhD’94,
Before the Nation: Kokugaku and the Imagining of Community in
Early Modern Japan (Duke University Press). Burns’ book
centers on the Kojikiden by Motoori Norinaga, part of the late-18th-century
scholarly movement in Japan known as kokugaku, “the study
of our country.” The Kojikiden celebrates early 8th-century
mythohistories of pre-modern Japan.
Francis J. Gavin, AB’88,
Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary
Relations, 1958–1971 (University of North Carolina Press).
Assessing recently declassified documents from the United States
and Europe, Gavin contends that the Bretton Woods system of exchange
rates was a highly politicized and crisis-prone institution that
dramatically affected U.S. international policy during the Cold
Ralph M. Goldman, AM’48,
PhD’51, The Mentor and the Protégé:
The Story of Presidents Calles and Cardenas (Xlibris Publishers).
Tracing the long and changing relationship between revolutionary
leaders Plutarco Calles and Lazaro Cardenas, Goldman shows how ending
Mexico’s civil war and establishing peaceful transfers of
presidential power cost them their friendship.
James D. Le Sueur, AM’90,
PhD’96, editor, The Decolonization Reader
(Routledge). This collection of essays on post-1945 worldwide decolonization
offers comparative and interdisciplinary assessments in the emerging
academic field of postcolonial studies.
James W. Lowry, AM’60, Hans Landis: Swiss Anabaptist Martyr
in Seventeenth-Century Documents (Ohio Amish Library). Lowry compiles
and translates historical documents relating to the life and legacy
of the Anabaptist religious leader executed in 1614.
Lawrence W. McBride, PhD’78,
Reading Irish Histories: Texts, Contexts, and Memory in Modern Ireland
(Four Courts Press). McBride’s essays examine several Irish
authors who wrote between 1840 and 1914, considering how they would
have been received by contemporary readers.
Jean Elisabeth Pedersen,
AM’82, PhD’93, Legislating the French Family:
Feminism, Theater, and Republican Politics, 1870–1920 (Rutgers
University Press). Examining a range of material from controversial
plays, feminist congresses, and parliamentary papers, Pedersen illuminates
the connections between family-legislation debates, the significance
of French citizenship, and imperial authority.
Barry Rubin and Judith Colp
Rubin, AB’84, Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography
(Oxford University Press). Two veteran writers on Middle-Eastern
affairs trace Arafat’s history from his student days in Cairo
to his command of nationalist militant groups to his emergence as
leader of the Palestinian people. The authors argue that he has
been consistently duplicitous and a poor decision-maker, and that
his influence is now waning.
Robert Vare, AB’67,
AM’70, editor, Things Worth Fighting For: Collected
Writings (Penguin Books). With an introduction by Ted Koppel,
this volume is a collection of articles and columns written by Michael
Kelly, an editor at the Atlantic Monthly and columnist for the Washington
Post, who was killed while covering the war in Iraq.
J. Marshall Unger, AB’69, AM’71,
Ideogram: Chinese Characters and the Myth of Disembodied Meaning
(University of Hawaii Press). Refuting the notion that Chinese characters
are ideograms—non-linguistic signifiers—or logograms—symbols
representing whole words, Unger formulates an approach to linguistics
contrary to the mind-as-computer metaphor that has dominated the
field since the 1960s.
Craig B. Leman, AB’46, A Write
of Strings (Chamber Music Corvallis). For three decades Leman
has written the performance notes for concerts at Chamber Music
Corvallis, covering virtually every important chamber music composer.
This book is a selection of his highlights.
James E. Block, PhD’98, A
Nation of Agents: The American Path to a Modern Self and Society
(Harvard University Press). Reinterpreting American political culture
in the context of Protestant and liberal traditions of agency, Block
theorizes a complex relation of self to society at the core of the
Raymond Tatalovich, AM’68,
PhD’71, and Thomas S. Engeman, The Presidential
Policy Scene: Two Hundred Years of Constitutional Debate (Johns
Hopkins University Press). This book surveys the history of presidential
scholarship from the drafting of the Constitution to the late 20th
century. Drawing on the writings of more than 60 thinkers, the authors
work towards a theory of presidential power.
Psychiatry and Psychology
Paddy Greenwall Lewis, PhD’74,
and Jessica G. Lippman, Helping Children Cope with the Death
of a Parent: A Guide for the First Year (Greenwood Publishing
Group). Designed to help families and community members anticipate
situations that will be painful for bereaved children, this guide
also includes vignettes from therapists’ encounters with kids.
Carol Maxym and Leslie B.
York, AM’94, Teens in Turmoil: A Path to Change
for Parents, Adolescents, and their Families (Viking/Penguin).
This guidebook for parents of out-of-control teens helps them gain
insight into themselves in order to better understand and become
a catalyst of change for their teenager.
Religion & Philosophy
George Anastaplo, AB’48, JD’51,
PhD’64, and Laurence Berns, AB’50,
PhD’57, Plato’s Meno (Focus Publishing).
This new translation of Plato’s seminal dialogue includes
extensive annotations by Anastaplo and Berns on textual details
and on the larger philosophical issues raised in the work.
Randall C. Bailey, AM’72,
editor, Yet With a Steady Beat: Contemporary U.S. Afrocentric
Biblical Interpretation (Society of Biblical Literature). The
essayists employ new literary, historical, and sociological tools
for Bible criticism to explore issues of concern to the black religious
Nancy A. Hardesty, PhD’76,
Faith Cure: Divine Healing in the Holiness and Pentecostal Movements
(Hendrickson Books). Exploring the practice and cultural milieu
of divine healing during the late-19th and early-20th centuries,
Hardesty considers the biblical and theological foundations of the
faith-healing movement and its continuing relevance.
Alan E. Johnson, AB’68,
AM’71, First Philosophy and Human Ethics: A Rational
Inquiry (Philosophia Publications). Addressing fundamental
philosophical questions, Johnson explores issues of faith and ethics,
the limits of human knowledge, and the application of ethical principle
to ordinary life.
Leon R. Kass, SB’58,
MD’62, The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis
(Free Press). Casting Genesis as a coherent anthropology of immense
philosophical importance, Kass probes the first book of the Bible
for new truths relevant to modern life.
Steven B. Smith, PhD’81,
Spinoza’s Book of Life: Freedom and Redemption in the
Ethics (Yale University Press). Smith argues that the Ethics
should be read as a personal, existential work, written out of Spinoza’s
confrontation with solitude and intended to show the moral and psychological
conditions of liberty.
Martin P. Starr, AB’81,
X’82, The Unknown God: W. T. Smith and the Thelemites
(Teitan Press). This documentary study of the American followers
of the British mystic Aleister Crowley is told through the life
of their leader, Wilfred Talbot Smith, founder of Los Angeles’
Church of Thelema.
James E. Bobick and Naomi Baer Balaban, AB’76,
AM’79, The Handy Science Answer Book (Visible
Ink Press). This 660-page compendium contains definitions and explanations
of a range of science topics, including how fiber-optic cable works
and why leaves change colors in the fall.
Linda L. Brennan, MBA’88, and
Victoria Johnson, AM’73, editors, Social, Ethical,
& Policy Implications of Information Technology (Information
Science Publishing). Arguing for the inclusion of legal and ethical
issues in computer-science and information-technology curricula,
Brennan and Johnson assess the social implications of developing
Peter J. Silverman, AB’75,
et al., DSL Advances (Prentice Hall). This book explains
and describes the recent technical, architectural, and regulatory
developments that have given rise to mass-market digital subscriber
line (DSL) services.
Travel & Leisure
Valerie Gwinner, AM’90, Paris
With Kids (Open Roads Publishing). Filled with trip-planning
tips, Gwinner’s guidebook balances Paris’ romantic side
with the more family-friendly features of the City of Lights.
Mark Greenberg, AM’67, AM’70,
Vermont: Kitchen Tunks and Parlor Songs (Multicultural
Media). The 49 selections in this anthology of old-time music reflect
Vermont’s Yankee and French-Canadian traditions as well as
the influence of Southern styles and popular music.