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Posts from the December 2011 issue

The Burden of the Beholder

by Dave Armstrong, CC interim vice president for information management Armstrong’s book features 18 high-quality gicleé prints of his collages, with poetry and short fiction inspired by the print on a facing page. Armstrong and CC English Professor Jane Hilberry, who edited the book and wrote the introduction, invited poets and writers to select an…

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Susan Anderson: Colorado’s Doc Susie

by Lydia Griffin ’00 Susan Anderson was the cherished physician of Fraser, Colo., for more than 47 years. Born six years before Colorado became a state, Anderson practiced until she was 84 years old. The biography, part of the “Now You Know” series, is aimed at a fourth-grade audience and provides an interesting look not…

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A Louisiana River Journal

by Markham (Skipper) A. Dickson ’71 Dickson and high school pals celebrate their 60th year by taking a beat-up houseboat 400 river miles across Louisiana, testing its mettle and their own. They rediscover the magnificence of Louisiana’s waterways, the serenity of its sandbars, and the lure of its storied blue catfish. Everywhere they go, Dickson…

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Educating Activists: Development and Gender in the Making of Modern Gandhians

by Rebecca Klenk ’85 This ethnography shows how rural women accept, refuse, reinterpret, and negotiate development’s terms in a quest to improve their own communities. The book focuses on Lakshmi Ashram, a Gandhian educational initiative for women and girls in Himalayan India, and blends memories and stories with historical research and ethnographic analysis to craft…

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Cinema in An Age of Terror: North Africa, Victimization, and Colonial History

by Michael F. O’Riley, associate professor of French and Italian How do cinematic representations of colonial-era victimization inform our understanding of the contemporary age of terror? O’Riley examines works representing colonial history and the dynamics of viewership that emerge from them, and shows how the centrality of victimization in certain cinematic representations of colonial history…

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Who Gets Represented?

by Peter Enns ’98 As the title implies, the book investigates whether policy makers privilege some constituents’ preferences more than others. One person, one vote is a bedrock principle of a democratic society, but it does not require the government to represent the interests of all citizens equally. Taking unequal representation as a given, the…

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American History Goes to the Movies: Hollywood and the American Experience

by Bryan Rommel-Ruiz, associate professor of history Using films from many different genres, the book draws together movies that depict the Civil War, the Wild West, the assassination of JFK, and the events of 9/11 to show how viewers use movies to make sense of the past. Rommel-Ruiz addresses how we render history for popular…

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A Most Magnificent Machine

by Craig Miner ’66 The railroad not only transformed America’s economic landscape, but it also profoundly changed its citizens. But while there have been many histories of railroads, few have examined the subject as a social and cultural phenomenon. Miner, who was a professor at Wichita State University, traces the growth of railroads from their…

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The Art of Collecting

by Art Elder ’56 Elder has more than 70 years collecting experience, is fascinated by what drives collectors, and has researched the collecting psyche. He believes that collecting should be fun, rewarding, and educational, but collecting without a plan can lead to costly errors and cluttered collections. To prevent this, he provides a series of…

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A New History of Southeast Asia

by Merle Ricklefs ’65 This comprehensive, one-volume history of Southeast Asia spans prehistory to the present. Ricklefs brings together colleagues at the National University of Singapore whose expertise covers the entire region, encompassing political, social, economic, religious, and cultural history. Ricklefs is professor of history at the National University of Singapore and a historian of…

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