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Helen Bradley Foster and Donald Clay Johnson, AM’67, editors, Wedding Dress Across Cultures (Berg Books). Exploring the meanings and values of marriage attire in several cultures, including Andean, Berber, Canadian, and Swazi, the authors argue that the wedding dress is both a statement of tradition and a vehicle for challenging social norms.

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On the shelf

Loved and lost

In First Loves: A Memoir Ted Solotaroff, AM’56, follows the contours of his relationship with his wife, chronicling their first encounter at the beach, courtship, marriage, parenthood, and their eventual separation. An exploration of infatuations both romantic and intellectual, the autobiography also illuminates Solotaroff’s early career as he reluctantly gives up on fiction writing and embraces the literary criticism that would make his name. First Loves follows a previous memoir, Truth Comes in Blows, which covered Solotaroff’s New Jersey childhood in the ‘30s and ‘40s.—A.L.M.

Michael Harkin, AM’84, PhD’88, editor, Reassessing Revitalization Movements: Perspectives from North America and the Pacific Islands (University of Nebraska Press). The colonization of indigenous peoples over the past few centuries spawned many revitalization movements promising liberation and incorporating elements of traditional culture. Harkin and the contributing authors compare the developments of such movements among North American and Pacific Islander natives.


Abbas Alizadeh, AM’81, PhD’88, Excavations at the Prehistoric Mound of Chogha Bonut, Khuzestan, Iran (Oriental Institute Publications). Alizadeh’s record of excavations uncovers the first phases of colonization by farmers in Lowland Susiana (now southwestern Iran) which was settled as early as 7200 bce.

Jeffrey Quilter, AB’72, Cobble Circles and Standing Stones: Archaeology at the Rivas Site, Costa Rica (University of Iowa Press). Mixing informal narrative with academic theory, Quilter chronicles his 1990s excavation of Rivas, a ceremonial center in the tropical rainforest which flourished between 900 and 1300 ce.

Emily Teeter, PhD’90, and T. G. Wilfong, AB’87, AM’89, PhD’94, Ancient Egypt: Treasures from the Collection of the Oriental Institute and Scarabs, Scaraboids, Seals, and Seal Impressions from the Medinet Habu (Oriental Institute Publications). In the first book the authors catalog 77 objects in the OI’s Egyptian collection, offering descriptions of the function and symbolism of each piece. In the second they catalog pieces from Medinet Habu site, which the OI began documenting in 1924.

Art & Architecture

Ethel Sara Wolper, AB’82, AM’84, Cities and Saints: Sufism and the Transformation of Urban Space in Medieval Anatolia (Pennsylvania State University Press). Uniting architectural history with the study of urban space and the spread of Islam, Wolper shows how dervish lodges evolved into sites for a new ruling elite to promote the cult of Sufi saints.

Biography & Letters

Inge Joseph Bleier and David E. Gumpert, AB’68, Inge: A Girl’s Journey Through Nazi Europe (Eerdmans Publishing Co.). This memoir follows Inge, a Jewish teenager who is sent alone from Germany to Belgium on a kindertransporte. When the Germans attack in 1940 she escapes to southern France and is arrested by gendarmes.

Robert D. Denham, AM’64, PhD’72, Northrop Frye Unbuttoned (Gnomon). Drawing from the famous Canadian critic’s notebooks and journal entries, Denham reveals Frye’s personal side, including idiosyncratic musings on literature, religion, and his wife’s death.

Robert W. Doty, SB’48, SM’49, PhD’50, and Elizabeth Doty, Man and Woman, War and Peace, 1941–1951 (Vantage Press). Including both letters and journal entries, the Dotys chronicle three months of courtship and a decade of married life, punctuated by WW II. They close analyzing what made their marriage a success.

Thelma Gruenbaum, AB’52, AM’56, Nesarim: Child Survivors of Terezin (Valentine Mitchell). Gruenbaum documents the postwar lives of nine Czech men imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camp when they were 12 to 14 years old.

Philip C. Kolin, AM’67, editor, The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing Group). Containing 160 entries by 56 contributors, this compilation covers Williams’s life, works, correspondence, journals, publication histories, and film adaptations of his plays.

Bart Schultz, PhD’87, Henry Sidgwick: Eye of the Universe (Cambridge University Press). The Victorian moral philosopher Henry Sidgwick was a pioneer in gay studies and deeply involved with the founding of Cambridge’s first college for women. Schultz chronicles Sidgwick’s personal and intellectual life and provides an introduction to his philosophical works.

Business & Economics

Michael Conant, AM’46, PhD’49, JD’51, Railroad Bankruptcies and Mergers from Chicago West, 1975–2001: Financial Analysis and Regulatory Critique (Elsevier). Conant critiques the labor and transportation regulations that, he says, contributed to railroad bankruptcies and assesses mergers’ success in improving efficiency.


Krin Gabbard, AB’70, Black Magic: White Hollywood and African American Culture (Rutgers University Press). Gabbard asks why so many African American film characters have magical powers, why such powers are used to help white people, and why white-dominated films have soundtracks performed by black artists—finding that white appropriation of black culture preserves racial hierarchies.

Walter P. Jost, AM’74, AM’79, PhD’85, and Kenneth Dauber, editors, Rhetorical Investigations: Studies in Ordinary Language Criticism (University of Virginia Press). Taking rhetoric as the common ground between literature and philosophy, Jost and his contributors try to move beyond poststructuralism, proposing criticism rooted in rhetorical possibilities rather than in empirical actualities.

Ann R. Meyer, AM’91, PhD’97, Medieval Allegory and the Building of the New Jerusalem (D. S. Brewer). Investigating the concept of the New Jerusalem, the City of God, as an architectural ideal during the Middle Ages, Meyer traces its manifestations through the Hebrew Bible, Bede, Plotinus, and Augustine.

Vickie B. Sullivan, AM’86, PhD’90, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and the Formation of a Liberal Republicanism in England (Cambridge University Press). Sullivan argues that the authors of a set of editorials called Cato’s Letters, including Marchamont Nedham and James Harrington, whom scholars typically associate with classical republicanism, in fact contributed to a synthesis of liberalism and modern republicanism in 17th- and 18th-century England.

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On screen

Munchies mayhem

Taking its cues from films including Road Trip and Dude, Where’s My Car?, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, cowritten by Hayden Schlossberg, AB’00, follows two 20-something stoner roommates in New Jersey—one an investment banker, the other a medical-school applicant—on a Friday night quest for White Castle hamburgers.

Scheduled for release July 30, Harold and Kumar, directed by Danny Leiner, is rated R for strong language, sexual content, drug use, and crude humor. —A.L.M.


Katherine K. Gottschalk, AB’62, AM’63, PhD’74, and Keith Hjortshoj. The Elements of Teaching Writing: A Resource for Instructors in All Disciplines (Bedford/St. Martin’s) Drawing on understandings and strategies gathered from hundreds of writing instructors, the authors aim to answer the most common questions about teaching writing and help teachers evaluate the methods they currently use.

Steven C. Vryhof, PhD’94, Between Memory and Vision: The Case for Faith-based Schooling (Eerdmans Publishing). Using three Protestant schools as an example, Vryhof argues that religious schools outperform their public conterparts in test scores, college placement, and interracial and interclass relations.

Fiction & poetry

Rita Kramer, AB’48, When Morning Comes (iUniverse). Inspired by a true story, Kramer’s first novel follows a young Jewish woman’s experiences in a French resistance group that becomes part of a larger, London-based organization.

Ian Smith, MD’97, The Blackbird Papers (Doubleday). When Dartmouth professor Wilson Bledsoe is murdered in an apparent hate crime, his brother, FBI agent Sterling Bledsoe, suspects that an insidious conspiracy is afoot.

Marguerite Crowley Weibel, MST’69, Joining the Conversation: An Anthology for Developing Readers (Prentice Hall). Crowley invites inexperienced readers to discover literature through this anthology of poetry and prose. Each chapter includes instructional aids to develop vocabulary and critical reading skills.

Gender Studies

Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, AM’80, PhD’86, coeditor, and Don Browning, DB’59, AM’62, PhD’64, and Pamela Couture, PhD’90, contributors, Mutuality Matters: Faith, Family, and Just Love (Sheed & Ward). The essays from scholars in religion and the social sciences explore the challenge of sustaining genuine gender equality and strong families in the face of political and cultural forces that undermine democratization efforts.

Health & Medicine

Charles L. Bosk, AM’73, PhD’76, Forgive and Remember: Managing Medical Failure, 2nd Edition (University of Chicago Press). Revised to reflect changes in medical practice since its original 1979 publication, this edition investigates the lives, motives, and behavior of young surgeons and how they think about and punish operating errors.

Pamela Couture, PhD’90, and Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, AM’80, PhD’86, et al, Poverty, Suffering, and HIV-AIDS: International Practical Theological Perspectives (Cardiff Academic Press). These papers, originally presented at the 2001 International Academy of Practical Theology in Cape Town, South Africa, analyze the social and religious dimensions of Africa’s continuing struggle against poverty and disease.

Dale Fast, PhD’78, and Gail Harris-Schmidt, The Source for Fragile X Syndrome (LinguiSystems). The authors summarize the current biological, behavioral, and therapeutic research on fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition linked to developmental delays, learning disabilities, and speech disorders.

Anne Peters Harmel, MD’83, and Ruchi Mathur, editors, Davidson’s Diabetes Mellitus: Diagnosis and Treatment, 5th Edition (Elsevier/Saunders). The new edition reflects the rapidly expanding body of knowledge about diabetes, including insulin resistance, macrovascular disease, and recently approved medications and therapies.

Stephen J. Morewitz, PhD’83, Domestic Violence and Maternal and Child Health (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers). Morewitz evaluates the conditions that increase pregnant women’s susceptibility to abuse, factors that reduce the impact of domestic violence, and how government agencies can respond effectively.

History & current events

John Barnard, AM’57, PhD’64, American Vanguard: The United Auto Workers During the Reuther Years, 1935–1970 (Wayne State University Press). Barnard charts UAW’s history during Walter P. Reuther’s presidency, exploring the ideological tensions between members, racial and ethnic issues, and public attitudes toward unions.

Mabel Berezin, AM’74, and Martin Schain, editors, Europe Without Borders: Remapping Territory, Citizenship, and Identity in a Transnational Age (Johns Hopkins University Press). The European Union’s 1992 formation dissolved national borders, forcing a reconsideration of the concepts of citizenship and national identity. This volume offers sociological, psychological, anthropological, and geographical perspectives on life in the new Europe.

Kristina Bross, AM’90, PhD’97, Dry Bones and Indian Sermons: Praying Indians in Colonial America (Cornell University Press). Native American converts to Christianity, dubbed “praying Indians” by European colonists, are a much-debated historical phenomenon. Bross argues that colonists used depictions of praying Indians to create a role for themselves as messengers on an evangelical “errand into the wilderness.”

Min-sun Chen, AB’59, PhD’71, Mythistory in Sino-Western Contacts: Jesuit Missionaries and the Pillars of Chinese Catholic Religion (Lakehead University Printing). Chen, professor emeritus of history at Lakehead University, examines 17th century intellectual exchanges between Chinese scholars and Jesuit missionaries.

Kathleen Flake, PhD’00, The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle (University of North Carolina Press). Flake chronicles the 1901–1907 Senate hearings on newly elected Reed Smoot, in which lawmakers debated the legality of Mormonism, forcing the Church of Latter-Day Saints to end polygamy.

David Fromkin, AB’50, JD’53, Europe’s Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914? (Knopf). Fromkin’s reassessment of WW I’s origins contests the view that a series of accidents drew all sides into the conflict unwillingly. On the contrary, he presents evidence of careful premeditation by Germany and Austro-Hungary.

Francis Gavin, AB’88, Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958–1971 (University of North Carolina Press). Gavin reconsiders the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates and dollar-gold convertibility. While standard accounts claim that the system stabilized power politics after WW II, Gavin argues that it was highly politicized and prone to crisis.

Charles M. Good, AM’65, PhD’70, The Steamer Parish: The Rise and Fall of Missionary Medicine on an African Frontier (University of Chicago Press). In the mid-1800s, a group of High Anglicans formed the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa to bring the Church, education, and medical care to rural Africans. Good reconstructs the mission, which delivered services from steamer ships that were sent from England and then reassembled on Lake Malawi.

Matthew Lenoe, AB’88, AM’93, PhD’97, Closer to the Masses: Stalinist Culture, Social Revolution, and Soviet Newspapers (Harvard University Press). Lenoe shows how Russian journalists created a story of Soviet history to mobilize the masses for Stalin’s New Economic Policy and the First Five-Year Plan. Their inventions formed the core of 1930s Soviet culture and influenced the aesthetic of socialist realism.

Robert M. Lichtman, AB’52, JD’55, and Ronald Cohen, Deadly Farce: Harvey Matusow and the Informer System in the McCarthy Era (University of Illinois Press). Drawing on FBI transcripts, personal interviews and other primary sources, Lichtman and Cohen trace the career of Harvey Matusow, a Communist Party member turned “professional” informant, exploring the government’s cast of paid informer-witnesses who testified against alleged Communists.

Lawrence A. Peskin, AB’88, Manufacturing Revolution: The Intellectual Origins of Early American Industry (Johns Hopkins University Press). Focusing on economic pioneers—authors, inventors, factory founders—who developed the United States as a manufacturing power between 1760 and 1830, Peskin argues that boosterism and rhetoric played as great a role as market forces in America’s industrial revolution.

Theodore M. Vial, AM’87, PhD’94, Liturgy Wars: Ritual Theory and Protestant Reform in Nineteenth-Century Zurich (Routledge). Vial employs current ritual-studies theory to show the links between liturgical, theological, and sociopolitical changes, emphasizing theory’s importance in the analysis of Protestantism.

Yue-man Yeung, PhD’72, editor, Fifty Years of Public Housing in Hong Kong: A Golden Jubilee Review and Appraisal (Chinese University Press). This compilation examines the history of Hong Kong’s public housing system and its contributions to socioeconomic development.

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Courtesy Chicago a cappella

In performance

Solo voce

Discontent with scholarship after earning a doctorate in musicology, Jonathan Miller, AB’85, left academia and in 1993 formed Chicago a cappella, a nine-member chorus that sings an eclectic mix of choral pieces. Now in its tenth season, Chicago a cappella has developed a repertoire that features music from the ninth to the 21st century, including a 15th-century Sephardic song, Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke,” and works by Lyle Lovett, Monteverdi, and Beethoven. Praised by the Chicago Tribune, the group next plans to offer a series exploring common ground between the Beatles and Baroque music. More information can be found at—A.L.M.

Political Science & Law

Barry G. Rabe, AM’80, PhD’85, Statehouse and Greenhouse: The Emerging Politics of American Climate Change Policy (Brookings Institution Press). Though the federal government has disengaged from greenhouse-gas reduction efforts, Rabe argues that state government initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide may lead to an alternative approach to addressing climate change.


Lynette R. Melnar, PhD’98, Caddo Verb Morphology (University of Nebraska Press). Melnar offers the first full-length grammar of the language of the Caddos, 3,500 American Indians living in the southern plains. A diminishing number of Caddo elders speak the complex language—although “Texas” comes from the Caddo word for “friend.”


Bruce Vermazen, AB’61, AM’62, That Moaning Saxophone: The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze (Oxford University Press). Vermazen tells the story of the Six Brown Brothers, a vaudeville troupe from 1908–1935 that instigated the “saxophone craze” and established the instrument as a fixture in American music. A companion to the book is Those Moaning Saxophones (Archeophone Records), a reissue of the group’s 1911–27 recordings, with liner notes by Vermazen.

Eric Zolov, AM’90, PhD’95, coeditor and contributor, Rockin’ Las Américas: The Global Politics of Rock in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press). These essays examine the rise of Latin American rock from the perspectives of musicology, history, literature, sociology, and anthropology.

Psychology & Psychiatry

T. L. Brink, PhD’78, Dream Encyclopedia: A Christian Approach (PublishAmerica). Brink presents the Bible as a reference guide to interpret dreams, offering an index to thousands of dream symbols.

Benjamin Libet, SB’36, PhD’39, Mind Time: The Temporal Factor in Consciousness (Harvard University Press). Drawing on empirical observation rather than philosophical speculation, Libet explores how the brain reacts to the environment to produce consciousness. Among his theories is the concept of “mind time”—a delay between unconscious processes that initiate a mental experience and conscious awareness of the experience.

Robert M. Lipgar, PhD’65, coeditor, Building on Bion: Roots, Origins and Context and Building on Bion: Branches, Contemporary Developments and Applications (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). These companion volumes devoted to the British psychoanalyst Wilfred R. Bion include 20 papers by scholars and clinicians, tracing Bion’s intellectual development and his influence on group therapy and organizational dynamics.

Michael Numan, PhD’73, and Thomas R. Insel, The Neurobiology of Parental Behavior (Springer Verlag). Applying laboratory studies of mammalian neurobiology to human parenting, Numan offers new insights into postpartum depression, child abuse, and child neglect.

Religion & philosophy

David E. Aune, PhD’70, and Douglas L. Penney, PhD’93, et al, New Testament Greek and Exegesis: Essays in Honor of Gerald F. Hawthorne (Eerdmans Publishing). These essays by scholars influenced by Gerald Hawthorne, PhD’69, include lexical studies, discussions of biblical passages, and examinations of Hawthorne’s work.

Philippe Eberhard, PhD’02, The Middle Voice in Gadamer’s Hermeneutics: A Basic Interpretation with some Theological Implications (Mohr Siebeck). Approaching Gadamer’s hermeneutics from a Christian humanist standpoint, Eberhard considers the middle voice—a verb form neither active nor passive that represents the subject as acting for him/herself or in his/her own interest—as a way to articulate what it means to listen to language and to hear God’s Word.

Floreal Forni, AM’69, PhD’73, Guia de la Diversidad Religiosa en Buenos Aires (Ed. Biblos). In an overview of religious plurality in metropolitan Buenos Aires, Forni offers histories of the city’s religious institutions.

Andrew Greeley, AM’61, PhD’62, The Catholic Revolution: New Wine, Old Wineskins, and the Second Vatican Council (University of California Press). Greeley reviews 40 years of Catholic history after the Second Vatican Council, considering how American Catholicism arrived at its current crisis.

David Hein, AM’77, and Gardiner H. Shattuck, The Episcopalians (Praeger). Tracing the Episcopal Church from the American Revolution to the present day, the authors examine church leadership, the layperson’s experience, church parties and theology, and the roles of women and minorities.

Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, AM’80, PhD’86, Let the Children Come: Reimagining Childhood from a Christian Perspective (Jossey-Bass Books). Asserting that a radical reconstruction of the idea of childhood is underway, Miller-McLemore contests the modern truncation and privatization of religion and urges a reinterpreted Christianity to assume a greater public role in our understanding of children.

Douglas J. Schuurman, PhD’88, Vocation: Discerning Our Callings in Life (Eerdmans Publishing). Many American Christians, says Schuurman, find it difficult to interpret their social and cultural lives as responses to God’s calling. He shows how the Protestant doctrine of vocation can be applied to modern life.

Social science

Eric Budd, AM’89, PhD’93, Democratization, Development, and the Patrimonial State in the Age of Globalization (Lexington Books). Budd compares patrimonial social forms in several developing states, evaluating patrimony’s effect on economic development and considering the critique, leveled by liberal democracies, that such social forms inhibit democratization and modernization.

Thomas Sowell, PhD’68, Affirmative Action Around the World (Yale University Press). Sowell compares affirmative action in the United States to similar policies in India, Nigeria, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka, arguing that the results of such policies consistently contradict their aims, causing new fragmentation and hostility.

Travel & Leisure

Fran Sorin, AB’74, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening (Warner Books). Sorin teaches her readers to use gardening as a tool and a metaphor for enhancing their imaginations.


Earl Phillip Singleton Jr., AM’00, Connecting Boundaries: An Integrative Approach to Social Work, Human Growth and Development, Addictions, and Criminal Justice Studies (Magna Systems). This four-part video series is designed for social-work undergraduates who have not yet worked with clients. The videos guide students in dealing with victims’ attitudes and behaviors.


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