Mary Clare drove cross-country over the first 100 days of the Obama administration to capture and share conversations about change.
by Dave Jarecki
For Us, What Music? The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice
Jerry Harp, assistant professor of English, examines the poetry and literary influences of the late Donald Justice, his former teacher and one of the 20th century’s “most quietly influential poets,” according to the Poetry Foundation.
University of Iowa Press, 2010. 198 pages. $20.
Jewish Studies at the Crossroads of Anthropology and History: Authority, Diaspora, Tradition
Oren Kosansky, associate professor of sociology/anthropology, coedits this volume that brings together scholars in anthropology, history, religious studies, comparative literature, and other fields to chart new directions in Jewish studies across the disciplines.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. 448 pages. $70.
Icons of Mathematics: An Exploration of Twenty Key Images
Roger Nelsen, professor emeritus of mathematics, coauthors a book about 20 icons of mathematics— geometrical shapes such as the right triangle, the Venn diagram, and the yang and yin symbol—and explores the mathematical results associated with each.
Mathematical Association of America, 2011. 327 pages. $67.
Public Memory, Race, and Ethnicity
Mitch Reyes, associate professor of rhetoric and media studies, edits this text that takes into consideration the influence of race and ethnicity on our collective practices of remembrance. How do the ways we remember the past influence racial and ethnic identities? How do racial and ethnic identities shape our practices of remembrance?
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 225 pages. $60.
Triumphs I & II
Mary Bell B.A. ’61 pens a collection of inspirational poems and short stories.
Xlibris, 2011. 88 pages. $16.
Race and Slavery in the Middle East: Histories of Trans-Saharan Africans in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Mediterranean
Ken Cuno B.A. ’72 coedits this collection of essays on the lives of nonelite trans-Saharan Africans who were forcibly migrated northward to Egypt and other eastern Mediterranean destinations.
American University in Cairo Press, 2010. 256 pages. $40.
The Making of Yosemite: James Mason Hutchings and the Origin of America’s Most Popular National Park
Jen Huntleysmith B.A. ’85, M.A.T. ’87, an environmental historian, examines the complex legacy of James Mason Hutchings, one of the first promoters of Yosemite. She uses his career as a lens through which to view the debates surrounding the creation of Yosemite, and, by extension, America’s emerging ethic of land conservation.
University Press of Kansas, 2011. 232 pages. $35.
Love & The Green Lady, Meditations on the Yaquina Bay Bridge: Oregon’s Crown Jewel of Socialism
Matt Love M.A.T. ’88 blends an eclectic variety of literary genres—along with more than 100 photos—in this homage to Newport’s Yaquina Bay Bridge.
Nestucca Spit Press, 2011. 200 pages. $20.
Treaties and Treachery
Kurt Nelson M.P.A. ’98 writes about the clash between native and non-native populations in the Pacific Northwest from 1853 to 1859, a key period in the region’s history.
Caxton Press, 2011. 304 pages. $15.
Adios, Mofo: Why Rick Perry Will Make America Miss George W. Bush.
Jason Stanford B.A. ’92 coauthors a book described as “the first full reckoning with Rick Perry’s record.” He retraces the rise of an obscure cotton grower from the plains of west Texas to a presidential candidate of the Republican Party.
Amazon Digital Services, Kindle Edition, 2011. $8.
Gadamer’s Ethics of Play: Hermeneutics and the Other
Monica Vilhauer B.A. ’96 examines the ethical dimensions of understanding by focusing on Hans- Georg Gadamer’s concept of “play,” which depicts the dynamic, dialogical, interpretive process by which interlocutors come to grasp a common subject matter together.
Lexington Books, 2010. 166 pages. $60.
Eric Wasserman B.A. ’97 offers a fictional account of four brothers who leave their native Northeast and converge in Los Angeles just after World War II. Each of these men (a lawyer, a mobster, a screenwriter, and a shopkeeper) makes a profound impact on the emerging landscape of postwar California.
Second Wind Publishing, 2011. 406 pages. $20.