The latest publications and recordings from faculty and alumni
Kim Addonizio (B.A., '82; M.A., '86), a widely acclaimed poet and finalist for the National Book Award, examines the creative process and provides a variety of writing exercises in "Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within" (Norton, '09).
Travel writer David Farley (M.A., '00) hunts for an unusual holy relic that grew to be a source of embarrassment for the Catholic papacy in "An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town" (Gotham Books, '09).
Philip J. Dreyfus, associate professor of history, explores the history of San Francisco from Indian village to world-class metropolis in "Our Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco" (University of Oklahoma Press, '09).
In Joshua Mohr's (B.A., '03) debut novel, "Some Things That Meant the World to Me" (Two Dollar Radio, '09), a man suffering from depersonalization confronts his troubled past after an embarrassing incident triggers a visit from his inner child.
"Clintonomics: How Bill Clinton Reengineered the Reagan Revolution" (AMACOM Books, '09) by Jack Godwin (M.S., '92) explores how President Clinton's governing ideology was influenced in part by that of President Ronald Reagan.
Kathleen Edwards (B.A., '93; M.A., '02) uses a lively graphic format to provide an overview of the world's wisdom traditions in "Holy Stars! Favorite Deities, Prophets, Saints and Sages from Around the World!" (Sentient Publications, '09).
Peter Coyote (attended '65) relives his 15-year ride through the heart of counterculture in his newly updated memoir, "Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle" (Counterpoint, '09). Additionally, he narrates Ken Burns' new documentary, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea."
Hsiao-yun Chu, assistant professor of design and industry, co-edited "New Views on R. Buckminster Fuller" (Stanford University Press, '09), a scholarly publication that explores the work of the famous designer, architect and renaissance thinker.
In "Muslims in Global Politics: Identities, Interests, and Human Rights" (University of Pennsylvania Press, '09), Associate Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri examines the role identity plays in political conflicts in six Muslim nations as well as Muslim diaspora communities in Europe and North America.
Professor of Anthropology C. Sarah Soh's "The Comfort Women: Sexual Violence and Postcolonial Memory in Korea and Japan" (University of Chicago Press, '08) explores the World War II-era tragedy of "comfort women"--mostly Korean women forced into prostitution by the Japanese army.
James A. Zoller (M.A., '73), who teaches at Houghton College in rural western New York, has released a second collection of poetry, "Living on the Flood Plain" (WordFarm, '08). His poems, short stories and articles have appeared in journals such as The Best of the Prose Poem, The Christian Century, The Kentucky Poetry Review, The Laurel Review and Oxford Magazine.
Tony Guenther (B.A., '76) shares a never-before-seen photograph collection in "Murrieta Hot Springs" (Arcadia Publishing, '08), a book that traces the history of the sulfurous, effervescent waters where his great-grandfather Fritz Guenther founded a world-class resort and health spa in 1902.
In "Killing Neighbors: Webs of Violence in Rwanda" (Cornell University Press, '09), Lee Ann Fujii (M.A., '01) explores the individual motives behind the horrific events of the mid-1990s in Rwanda when tens of thousands of Hutu killed their Tutsi friends, neighbors, even family members. She argues that ethnic hatred and fear do not satisfactorily explain the mobilization of Rwandans one against another.
"In Dependence" (Legend Press, '08), a novel by Sarah Ladipo Manyika, a lecturer in the English Department, is set against the political and social changes of the early 1960s when a young man sails to England from Nigeria to take up a scholarship at Oxford University and falls in love with the beautiful daughter of an ex-colonial officer.
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