Equal Rites, Unequal Outcomes: Women in American Research Universities, Lilli S. Hornig '42, Ed., Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2003. Hornig assembled a group of experts to write about how far women have come as equal players on the faculties of research universities, the inequities they still face and why, and potential remedies. Chapters by authors working inside the system illuminate these issues and serve as reminders that pr ogress for women in academics can easily regress. Women are still dramatically underrepresented in the sciences and confront inhospitable environments and barriers to their participation in research university science departments. The authors identify the research university as a critical site of persistent hindrances as well as possibilities for successful change. Catharine Stimpson '58 contributes the chapter, "Dreaming and Scheming: Moving Toward Our University." Hornig is a consultant to The Committee for the Equality of Women at Harvard, founded in 1988 by a group of conc erned Radcliffe alumnae whose goals are an increase in the number of tenured women faculty and equity for women at Harvard.
Little Strangers: Portrayals of Adoption and Foster Care in America, 1850-1929, Claudia Nelson '80, Indiana State University Press, 2003. Nelson, Associate Professor of English at Southwest Texas State University, ponders the meaning of the displaced child in America's public imagination. When Massachusetts passed America's first comprehensive adoption law in 1851, the usual motive for taking in an unrelated child was presumed to be th e need for cheap labor. But by 1929-the first year that every state had an adoption law-the adoptee's main function was seen as emotional. Little Strangers examines the representations of adoption and foster care produced during the intervening years, arguing that adoption texts reflect changing attitudes toward many important social issues, including immigration and poverty, heredity and environment, individuality and citizenship, gender, and family. She examines orphan fiction for children, magazine stories and articles, legal writings, social work conference procee dings, and discussions of heredity and child psychology. Nelson's scope includes an analysis of the extent to which specialist and mainstream adoption discourse overlapped, as well as the ways in which adoption and foster care had captivated the public imagination.
After the Ball: Gilded Age Secrets, Boardroom Betrayals, and the Party that Ignited the Great Wall Street Scandal of 1905, Patricia Beard '64, HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. James Hazen Hyde was among the most glamorous and controversial figures of the early 1900s, the heir, at age 23, of the majority of shares in the billion-dollar Equitable Life Assurance Society. Hyde held a flamboyant, headline-grabbing ball in 1905 and was later unjustly accused of funding the party with money from the treasury of his father's business empire. Hyde's rapid rise and the scandal that brought him down and riveted the American public are explored in After the Ball. Beard considers the temptations of the great wealth in the Gilded Age that shaped America's current business and class structure and gave birth to the high-stakes finance reflected in the recent sequence of business scandals. She also tells the familiar, intricate connections betwe en finance, insurance and politics, all the way to Theodore Roosevelt's White House. Beard is the author of six nonfiction books and hundreds of nationally published magazine articles. She has been an editor at Elle, Town & Country, and Mirabella magazines.
A Childhood Under Hitler and Stalin: Memoirs of a 'Certified Jew,' Michael Wieck, translated by Penny Milbouer '67, University of Wisconsin Press, 2003. A bestseller in Germany, Michael Wieck's account of his childhood in Königsberg recalls a German city obliterated by fire-bombing during the Second World War. As the child of a Jewish mother and a Gentile father, Wieck was persecuted first as a "certified Jew" by the Nazis, then as a German by the Russian occupiers, and interned in the Rothenstein concentration camp. After he emigrated in 1948, the 408-year history of the Jewish community in Königsberg soon came to an end. From the earliest delights of a childhood filled with music, family, and the smell of pines and the sea, Wieck retraces his life. He tells of his school days and their sudden end, the shock of Kristallnacht, his Aunt Fanny being sent by train to a destination unknown, the chemical factory where Jewish workers gradually disappeared, and the bombs falling on Königsberg. The Russian occupation was anything but delivery from the horrors of war. In the midst of privation, savagery and death, there were moments of absurdity, which Wieck describes. He eventually returned to Germany and became concertmaster of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
The Iconography of Sculptured Statue Bases in the Archaic and Classical Periods, Angeliki Kosmopoulou, Ph.D. '96, University of Wisconsin Press, 2003. Kosmopoulou provides the only systematic study to date of all known Greek relief statue bases, both surviving and cited in literary sources. She identifies and analyzes the distinct iconographic and technical characteristics of relief bases and discusses the relation of the relief bases to the monuments they supported, arguing that they had a significant bearing on the sculpture they carried in terms of both display and symbolism. Kosmopoulou is head of the department of publications at the Athens Concert Hall in Athens, Greece.
Amid Our Troubles: Irish Versions of Greek Tragedy, Marianne McDonald '58, J. Michael Walton, Eds., Methuen Publishing, 2002. This collection of essays reveals how some of the great Irish poets and dramatists of the past and present have drawn on Greek myths. Irish drama is political in the broad sense in which the Greeks understood the word, involving issues of family, state, gender, class, race, the oppressors and the oppressed. Amid Our Troubles examines the work of such writers as Marina Carr, Brian Friel, Brendan Kennelly, Frank McGuinness and W.B. Yeats, and includes new essays from Seamus Deane, Seamus Heaney and Tom Paulin. Topics of investigation include women in Irish appropriations of Greek tragedy, Irish versions of Phaedra's story, and Antigone.
Sing Sorrow: Classics, History, and Heroines in Opera, Marianne McDonald '58, Greenwood Publishing, 2001. McDonald analyzes eight operas, including Berlioz's Les Troyens, Strauss' Elektra, Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex, and Theodorakis' Medea. She places them in their political contexts, addressing questions of imperialism, ethnicity and feminism, and offering a revelation of the many and varied ways Eur opean opera over the last 300 years has adapted Greek and Latin epic and tragedy for a variety of purposes.
The Loss of a Life Partner: Narratives of the Bereaved, Carolyn Ambler Walter, M.S.S. '68, Ph.D. (sw) '84, Columbia University Press, 2003. In a first-of-its-kind work, Walter re-searches bereaved partners not married to their significant others, exploring both socially sanctioned and disenfranchised grief. She combines a discussion of various theories of grief with personal narratives of grieving men and women drawn from numerous inte rviews and case study analysis. These widows, widowers, and bereaved domestic gay and lesbian partners break away from the traditional belief that the living must detach themselves from the dead in order to move on with their lives. Instead, they form ongoing bonds with the dead, enriching functionality in the present and looking to the future. Walter is a professor at the Center for Social Work Education at Widener University, author of The Timing of Motherhood, and co-author of Breast Cancer in the Life Course: Women's Experiences.
The Smoke Week, Ellis Avery '93, Gival Press, 2003. The Smoke Week offers a record of life in downtown Manhattan after 9/11/01, giving voice to New Yorkers who did not lose anyone personally, yet found themselves personally devastated. Avery wrests the memory of that day from the warmongers and reclaims it for the thousands of New Yorkers who flocked to public spaces to demonstrate and grieve, reeling but resisting the plunge into war. The Smoke Week won the Ohio ana Library Water Rumsey Marvin Award in 2002. Avery teaches creative writing at Columbia University. For more information see www.ellisavery.com.
Charleston Red, Sarah Galchus (Sarah Elsing '89), Savage Press, 2003. In this mystery novel, New York novelist Laura Lindross is newly transplanted in South Carolina. Her best friend's husband is brutally murdered, and his wife's medical career is at stake as Laura investigates his death. The author, an ophthalmologist in Duluth MN, did her residency in Charleston. Charleston Red is her first novel.
Lucy, Ellen Feldman '64, W. W. Norton & Company, 2003. Based on the affair between Lucy Mercer and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Feldman's novel asserts the place in American history of Lucy Mercer, Eleanor Roosevelt's social secretary, and enhances our vision of the Roosevelts before their roles in history were determined. Feldman explores the fraught relationship between the three historical figures that began in 1914, when Woodrow Wilson was President and Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Lucy and Eleanor worked together, answering letters, making house calls and contributing to the war effort. Franklin, still untouched by polio, began an affair with Mercer that ended when Eleanor stumbled across a packet of Lucy's letters. Though divorce was discussed, Eleanor remained with her husband, and he agreed never to see Lucy again. Told in the voice of Lucy Mercer, Lucy humanizes Eleanor's selfless generosity, capturing her dignity as she forgave her husband's conduct and began her battles for peace. Feldman includes new information about the final meeting between Roosevelt and Mercer,an encounter that took place shortly before his death.
Traveling While Married: How to take a trip with your spouse and come back together, Mary-Lou Weisman '59, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003. From honeymoon to Elderhostel, Mary-Lou Weis-man and her husband Larry navigate the peaks and valleys of a lifetime of traveling together. She discusses everything from houseguest etiquette to how to divide a hotel room in half so he'll know on which side of the bed to throw his wet towel. "People like to possess a piece of the country they are visiting," she writes. "Women like to wear it. Men like to eat it." Weisman is a contributor to PRI's Saavy Traveler and has written for magazines such as Newsday, the New Republic, and the Atlantic Monthly.
A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual, Julie Forest Middleton & Stasa Morgan-Appel '90, Emerald Earth Publishing, 2002. This book and accompanying CD packages a complete ritual and performance so that circles, churches and choirs can share the ancient celebration of Winter Solstice with their communities. The book includes a script, sheet music for 15 songs, chants, rounds and sing-alongs, plus the performance rights and notes on production, ritual and music. The CD features performanc es of the music, with teaching tracks for more difficult pieces.
Voices Found: Women in the Church's Song, Lisa Neufeld Thomas '69, Compiler, Church Publishing, 2003. Voices Found is a collection of hymns and spiritual songs by, for and about women. Generally, the music is written in congregational hymn style and is intended for use in the average parish church. There is also historical material and music arranged for women's voices, appropriate for women's conferences, and for children's informational activities. The intention of the book is t o affirm women's quests for spiritual and social justice, to broaden the repertoire of music available to the church, and to continue a tradition of excellence.
Child Therapy Activity and Homework Planner, Natalie Sufler Bilynsky '88, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003. The Child Therapy Activity Homework Planner, with 80 ready-to-copy, interactive assignments, helps children develop problem-solving skills. The exercises cover the most common issues encountered in children in kindergarten through sixth grade, such as learning difficulties, anger management, physical challenges, social skills, and divorce. The accompanying CD-ROM conta ins the exercises in a word-process ing format, allowing the user to customize them to suit a child's learning style. Bilynsky is a counseling psychologist and the clinical director of Northern Home Children and Family Services, a community-based agency in Pennsylvania. She received an M.S. in education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Boston College.
On the Brink, Peat & Barley, self-produced, 2003. Becky Ross '80 and her spouse, Bill Mitchell, base their music on traditional Scottish and Irish tunes. Arrangements highlight the interplay between Mitchell's hammered dulcimer and Ross's fiddle. Tracks include reels, Celtic jigs, airs, and a waltz. For booking information contact Peat & Barley at 9200 Brink Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20882.
The Miracle Line, Medea, Patrick Robinson, 2003. Irene Lambrou '86 is a vocalist and lyricist for Philadelphia-based Medea. This CD's songs span the style gamut, from jazz-inflected ballads, funky blues, progressive-tinged rock and pop. Medea has been featured on WXPN's Philly Local Live. Visit medeamusic.com for more information.
feel you up, The Snow Fairies, Red Square Records, 2003. Melissa Kramer '99 plays keyboards and bells and sings back-up vocals for indie pop band The Snow Fairies. During spring semester 2003, The Snow Fairies reworked Kurt Weill's music to Bertolt Brecht's "Threepenny Opera" for performances in Goodhart Hall. See snowfairies.heartonmysleeve.net for details.
Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces, Juana Maria Rodríguez, Assistant Professor of English, New York University Press, 2003. According to the 2000 census, Latinos/as have become the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. Images of Latinos and Latinas in mainstream news and in popular culture suggest a Latin explosion at center stage, yet the topic of queer identity in relation to Latino/a America remains under-examined, according to Rodríguez. Here, Rodríguez documents the ways in which identities are transformed by encounters with language, the law, culture, and public policy. She identifies three key areas as the project's case studies: activism, primarily HIV prevention; immigration law; and cyberspace. In each, Rodríguez theorizes the ways queer Latino/a identities are enabled or constrained, melding several theoretical and methodological approaches to argue that these sites are complex and dynamic so cial fields.
Confronting the American Dilemma of Race: The Second Generation Black American Sociologists, Robert E. Washington, Professor and Chair of Sociology, & Donald Cunnigen, Eds., University Press of America, 2002. These 12 articles by six authors concern the second generation African American sociologists who embarked on their careers between 1930 and 1950, when American society was embedded in a racial caste system. In examining their life experiences and works, the articles reveal important insights into the impact of racial segregation on the development of both black sociology and the sociology of race relations. Washington specializes in black American sociology, government corruption in African nations, urban black American crime, and the sociology of sports. Currently he is studying color prejudice among Africans and deviant survival strategies and social order in Kenyan cities.
Sexual Borderlands:Constructing an American Sexual Past, Sharon Ullman, Associate Professor of History, & Kathleen Kennedy, Eds., Ohio State University Press, 2003. Professors across the country have struggled to integrate research on the history of sexuality into a coherent whole. Sexual Borderlands offers students essays that cover the subject's diversity, yet provide coherence in a field that often resists such attempts. It is organized around a potential course syllabus that allows students simultaneously to engage in significant theoretical as well as empirical debates. The theme of sexual borderlands links the history of sexuality to such broad concerns in U.S. history as state formation, colonialism, class, race, and modernization. The essays in this collection place sexuality at the center of these processes and demonstrate the importance of understanding sexuality in the narrative of U.S. history.
Encyclopedia of Wisdom and Jewish Mythology, David Rabeeya, Lecturer, Judaic Studies, XLibris Corp, 2003. This compendium of ideas based on wisdom gathered by the author over many years explores the mythology surrounding the beliefs and practices of Jews in America. Rabeeya is the author of 23 books, including his memoir, Visionary Memoir: Arab Mother, Jewish Baby, published last year by XLibris.
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