Standing the Test of Time: Love Stories of African American Elders, Julie Rainbow, M.S.S. '93, The Pilgrim Press, 2001. Standing the Test of Time celebrates African-American marriages while providing glimpses into the lives of committed couples. The book documents, through interviews and photographs, 20 long-loving couples, sharing their stories of first dates, college romances, weddings and honeymoons. The couples discuss marriage, e ducation, work, and faith, revealing the difficulties and joys inherent in long-term relationships.
Crying at the Movies: A Film Memoir, Madelon Sprengnether '64, Graywolf Press, 2002. In this collection of essays, Sprengnether connects the imagined world of movies to happenings in the present and troubling events from the past. For years she cried not over her own losses, but at the movies. When bad things happened to her in real life, she didn't react. Yet in the dark and relative safety of a movie theater, she would weep over fic tional tragedies. By examining the films she had intense emotional reactions to throughout her adult life—Pather Panchali, House of Cards, Solaris, The Piano, Fearless, The Cement Garden, Shadowlands, and Blue—Sprengnether works through her own losses, mistakes and pain.
El Niño: Unlocking the Secrets of the Master Weather-Maker, J. Madeleine Nash '65, Warner Books, 2002. Nash tells the story of current and past scientists and what they have discovered about the weather phenomenon known as El Niño. Gradually, over a century and a half, meteorologists, geologists, mountaineers, and polar explorers have added links of knowledge to a chain of observations. They conclude that, while weather and climate drast ically affect the way people live, increasingly, the way people live is itself affecting weather and climate. (read a profile of Nash.)
Real Choices: Feminism, Freedom, and the Limits of the Law, Beth Kiyoko Jamieson '88, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001. Real Choices offers a new approach to thinking about liberty in the wake of decades of criticism of liberalism from feminists, communitarians and conservatives alike. It is grounded in the history of political thought and in legal studies and feminist theory. Jamieson argues that liberty and equality are not inconsistent values and that political theory would do well to abandon the dichotomy between "negative" and "positive" liberty. She proposes the principles of identity, privacy and agency, discussing them in the context of case studies of legal conflicts (for identity, heightened constitutional protection for homosexuals; for privacy, regulation of assisted reproduction such as surrogacy and sperm donation; and for agency, the rights and responsibilities of battered women).
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs: Challenging Myths, Assessing Theories, Individualizing Interventions, Ann A. Abbott, Ed., Ph.D. (sw) '77, NASW Press, Inc., 2000. This book was written for social workers whose clients experience problems related to substance misuse. It presents the systems perspective as a way to understand and address the bio-, psycho- and sociocultural underpinnings of substance misuse, offering a variety of models and strategies. Each chapter reflects the clinical experiences and scholarly research of its authors, who focus on major myths related to substance use and misuse; criteria for selecting theories and models of practice; an examination of engagement, assessment, goal-setting and contracting; and strategies of intervention with individuals, groups, and families. In addition, the book looks to current research to guide and support intervention and prevention strategies. Case examples illustrate the applicatio n of certain theories.
African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas, Sheila S. Walker '66, Ed., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2001. Africans and their descendants constituted the majority of the population of the Americas for most of the first 300 years. Yet their fundamental roles in the creation and definition of the new societies of the "New World" and their significance in the development of the Atlantic world have no t been acknowledged. This multidisciplinary volume highlights the African presence throughout the Americas and African and African Diasporan contributions to the material and cultural life of all of the Americas and of all Americans. It includes articles from leading scholars and from cultural leaders of both well-known and little-known African Diasporan communities. The new perspectives, data, and interpretations presented by African Roots/American Cultures challenges prevailing understandings of the Americas. Its fundamental premise is that the story of the Americas can be accurately told only by including the story of the foundational roles played by Africans and their descendants in the Americas. A video documentary, Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora, complements the book.
Alistair on Safari: Adventure at an African Game Reserve, Laura Hurwitz and Amanda Lumry, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre '99, Vista Press, 2001. When 9-year-old Alistair's Uncle Max invites him on the adventure of a lifetime-a photographic safari in Africa-Alistair is thrilled. At the game reserve the fascinating animals provide endless photo opportunities. Alistair learns about conservation, wildlife issues, animal behavior, ecosystems, how animals act outside of a zoo setting and unfamiliar cultures.
French Modernisms: Perspectives on Art Before, During, and After Vichy, Michele C. Cone '51, Cambridge University Press, 2001. Cone examines the close link between art and politics in France from 1937 to 1968. In essays on the exhibition and criticism of modern art, she provides a context for the xenophobia that characterizes Vichy-era France, arguing that the decline of French art in the second half of the century was caused by the invasion of American art and the Parisian art establishment itself, which continued to promote Vichy-era values of national identity and national tradition.
The Creation of Modern Athens: Planning the Myth, Eleni Bastéa '80, Cambridge University Press, 2000. The Creation of Modern Athens is the first book to examine the urban development of Athens in the 19th century. Analyzing the process of architectural and urban design, Bastéa reveals the multiple and often conflicting interpretations of the new city. By following two parallel processes-the building of the new capital and the construction of a new national Greek identity- Bastéa demonstrates that Athens' elaborate urban design and civic architecture reflected both international neoclassical ideals as well as the national aspirations of the modern Greek nation. The Creation of Modern Athens is the winner of the 2001 Criticos Prize of the London Hellenic Society.
Sketches: 1937-2001, Barbara Wakeman '50, Wakeman Ink, 2001. This sketch book is the first in a trilogy by artist Barbara Wakeman. In it she presents her artwork over the past 64 years, everything from Christmas cards and humorous sketches from travel journals, to serious watercolors, oil paintings and ink line drawings. Accompanying each image is text explaining the inspiration for the subject. Sketches reveals her artistic philosophy: An artist must have a succession o f inspiring teachers, see beauty where it exists, and be driven by the simple urge to paint, which "must take first place in mind, heart and soul."
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