Archive for August 21, 2009

Important Discussions are Taking Place in Pittsburgh – Root Shock Adopted at the University of Pittsburgh

By Mindy Fullilove, who is a M.D. and professor of public health at Columbia University, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It is an important discussion of urban renewal and its effect on the African American community, when between 1949 and 1973 this federal program, spearheaded by business andreal estate interests, destroyed 1,600 African American neighborhoods in cities across the country.

Root Shock has been taught in several courses including the University of Pittsburgh’s course on the History of Black Pittsburgh. (more…)

August 21, 2009 at 8:56 pm Leave a comment

Vanderbilt University’s Political Science Department Takes Up The Strongest Tribe

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From a universally respected combat journalist, The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq is a gripping history based on five years of front-line reporting about how the war was turned around–and the choice now facing America.

The Strongest Tribe by Bing West will be the book taught by Vanderbilt University’s Political Science Department for their course: War in Iraq. (more…)

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Le Moyne College Teaching Against the Machine for Fall 2009

From the author hailed by the New York Times Book Review for his “drive-by brilliance” and dubbed by the New York Times Magazine as “one of the country’s most eloquent and acid-tongued critics” comes a ruthless challenge to the conventional wisdom about the most consequential cultural development of our time: the Internet.

Le Moyne College is teaching Against the Machine this Fall.

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August 21, 2009 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

Inventing Japan Adopted at University of Southern California

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Notable author Ian Buruma, who has written widely on Japan, here offers an admirably succinct, tightly constructed history of Japan’s transformation from feudal state to host of the 1964 Olympics, with special focus on World War II.

Inventing Japan: 1853-1964 by Ian Buruma has been selected by the  University of Southern California’s East Asian Studies Center for a course on East Asian Societies.

“Buruma makes intriguing comparisons between Japan’s development and that of European states, particularly Germany… [The book] will help students make sense of the world within which [Japan’s political] traditions emerged. Highly recommended.”—Choice (American Library Association)

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August 21, 2009 at 8:08 pm Leave a comment

Students at University of Missouri School of Journalism Get Taught The Elements of Journalism

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Bill Kovach and Thomas Rosenstiel’s completely revised and updated edition of  The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect is the book used at Journalism Dept at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Course name: Principles of American Journalism.

“Kovach and Rosenstiel’s essays are concise gems, filled with insights worthy of becoming axiomatic…The book should become essential reading for journalism professionals and students and for the citizens they aim to serve.” –Carl Sessions Stepp, American Journalism Review

For more information on the book and the authors, visit http://www.randomhouse.com/acmart

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University of Minnesota -Twin Cities Students are Reading Life After Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion

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Alan Segal’s Life After Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion is a masterful exploration of how Western civilizations have defined the afterlife. Here he weaves together biblical and literary scholarship, sociology, history, and philosophy to examine the maps of the afterlife found in Western religious texts and reveals not only what various cultures believed but how their notions reflected their societies’ realities and ideals, and why those beliefs changed over time.

Life After Death has been chosen at University of Minnesota -Twin Cities’s Classical and Near Eastern Studies Dept. Course will be on the Death and the Afterlife in the Ancient World.

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August 21, 2009 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

The Acclaimed Bill Bryson Book, A Short History of Nearly Everything, Winner, 2004 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine, Now Adopted at SUNY Cobleskill

Shortlisted, by Britain’s Royal Society, for the prestigious “Aventis Prize for Science Books.”
Winner, 2004 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine Winner, 2004 Aventis General Prize, which celebrates the very best in popular science writing for adult readers.

Bill Bryson is one of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers. In A Short History of Nearly Everything, he takes his ultimate journey–into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It’s a dazzling quest, the intellectual odyssey of a lifetime, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. Or, as the author puts it, “…how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something, and then how a little of that something turned into us, and also what happened in between and since.” (more…)

August 21, 2009 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

Bethel University Takes Change We Can Believe In for Political Science Course

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Change We Can Believe In outlines Barack Obama’s vision for America and includes his 7 key speeches from the 2008 Presidential campaign. It contains his bold and specific ideas about how to fix the economy; how to make health care affordable and accessible; and how to keep the country safe in a dangerous world.

Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise will be used at Bethel University this fall for course on American Political Ideologies.

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August 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

The Naked Olympics Selected for University of Arizona’s Classics Course


In The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games, Tony Perrottet delves into the ancient world and brings erudition and insight to the fascinating story of the original Olympic festival, tracking the event day by day to re-create the experience in all its compelling spectacle.

“This is the book to read if you want to know what it felt like to be a spectator or a contestant at the ancient Olympic Games. Perrottet brings the scene to life in all its pageantry and squalor, with its beautiful bodies, rotting meat, flies, and broiling heat. Then, as now, the Games brought out the best and the worst of human potential, and blood, sweat, tears, sex, and money were all part of the Olympic experience, along with religion, bribery and politics.”
–Mary Lefkowitz, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Wellesley College and author of Greek Gods, Human Lives: What We Can Learn from Myths

The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games will be the University of Arizona’s book in their Ancient Drama/Classics 240 course this fall.

For more information on the book and the author, click here.

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August 21, 2009 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

Students Are Reading Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s The Lucifer Effect, The Full Story Behind The Stanford Prison Experiment, the Now-Classic Prison Study He Conducted in 1971

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Winner, the William James Book Award of the Society for General Psychology (Division 1 of the American Psychological Association)

In The Lucifer Effect , renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo explains how–and the myriad reasons why–we are all susceptible to the lure of “the dark side.” Drawing on examples from history as well as his own trailblazing research, Zimbardo details how situational forces and group dynamics can work in concert to make monsters out of decent men and women.

Another two colleges join the growing list of adoptions for The Lucifer Effect! The University of Nevada, Reno’s Gender, Race and Identity Dept has chosen the book for its fall course and Notre Dame de Namur University has selected it for a Political Psychology course. (more…)

August 21, 2009 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment


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