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Painting on Stage

Elizabeth Drumm, professor of Spanish and humanities. Painting on Stage: Visual Art in Twentieth-Century Spanish Theater (Bucknell University Press, 2010). Libby’s book is the first full-length study of image-text relations in 20th-century Spanish theater, which she examines through a series of dramas expressing the theatrical tension between images and verbal language through their interrogation of the visual arts. Libby came to Reed in 1995 and teaches courses on Don Quixote, Spanish literature, Spanish language, and humanities. Her research interests include performance theory, transgeneric conceptions of theater, and the role of cultural memory in contemporary theater. Painting on Stage has been nominated for the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.

Untying the Knot

Tamara Metz, assistant professor of political science and humanities. Untying the Knot: Marriage, the State, and the Case for their Divorce (Princeton University Press, 2010). Tamara explores the history of liberal treatment of the relationship between marriage and the state, and concludes that marriage should be disestablished. Tamara has taught at Reed since 2006; her interests include the history of political thought, liberalism and its critics, feminist and postmodern theory, political theory and law, American political thought, and theories of freedom.

Building out into the Dark

Robert Caper ’64. Building out into the Dark: Theory and Observation in Science and Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2008). Robert examines the claim by psychoanalysts that their discipline is a science. He investigates the relationship of theory to observation in both philosophy and the experimental sciences and explores how these observations differ from those made in psychoanalytic interpretation. The book covers topics such as the origins of psychoanalysis in the art of medicine, the therapeutic effect of psychoanalysis, the archaic superego, and psychoanalysis with the individual and groups, and what makes psychoanalytic work unique.

Marlaine Lockheed ’64 has published “School Improvement Plans and Student Learning in Jamaica,” in the International Journal of Educational Development, and “Measuring Progress with Tests of Learning: Pros and Cons for Progress-Based Aid in Education,” Center for Global Development Working Paper 147.

Separating Difference From Disability

Catherine Collier ’68 published two books about diverse learners through Corwin Publishing this year: RTI for Diverse Learners: More Than 200 Instructional Interventions and Seven Steps to Separating Difference From Disability. Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multitiered model that helps educators determine students’ educational needs. When using RTI with culturally and linguistically diverse students, however, educators must look beyond students’ performance in reading and math to address complex learning and behavior issues.

Did Not Survive

Ann Parker Littlewood ’68. Did Not Survive (Poisoned Pen Press, 2010). Ann has set another task before zookeeper Iris Oakley, who finds her boss gravely injured in an elephant stall and suspects something more sinister than a rogue pachyderm. She must figure out what happened to her boss, how a tiger managed to disappear, and what to do about the animal rights activists picketing the zoo. This is the second novel Ann has written about the fictitious Finley Memorial Zoo. Current plans include two more books for this series. Ann worked at the Oregon Zoo for 12 years, became a technical writer and analyst, and then fulfilled a childhood dream to write fiction by publishing her first book, Night Kill. See annlittlewood.com.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Jeff Goldsmith ’70. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: How Medical Imaging Is Reshaping Health Care (Oxford University Press, 2010). The book, coauthored by Bruce Hillman, describes two parallel stories: the emergence of modern medical imaging and the rise of the discipline of radiology, which developed the technology. Imaging has become a $170 billion business and, until recently, was the fastest-growing medical expense. As the title suggests, society has struggled to make effective use of this powerful new tool. The book explains not only how these technologies work but also their limitations. It also looks at the economic consequences of successful innovation and what can be done to make imaging more useful and more affordable.

Julie O’Toole ’71. Give Food a Chance: A New View on Childhood Eating Disorders (PSI Press, 2010). This guide to the treatment of eating disorders in children was compiled from more than a decade of experience by Julie and the multidisciplinary team—which includes son Morgan O’Toole-Smith ’94 and husband Steven Nemirow ’71—at the Kartini Clinic in Portland. A botanist, gardener, and writer, Julie recently published Botboy, My Botboy, which was reviewed in the September 2010 issue of Reed.

The Lost Symbol

Dan Burstein ’73. Secrets of the Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code Sequel(HarperCollins, 2009). An award-winning journalist, Dan has written 13 books about global economics, technology, and popular culture and is the founder of Millennium Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm. This book also includes two essays by Glenn Erickson ’72, “The Ancient Mysteries and The Lost Symbol” and “A Quick Guide to the Philosophers in The Lost Symbol.”

We the People

Day Williams ’76. We the People (Days Rays, 2010). This collection of historic American documents ranges from the Mayflower Compact of 1620 to Ronald Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall” speech in Berlin in 1987. The texts are presented along with inspiring and thought-provoking quotations from George Washington to Barack Obama. “This is a fundamental compendium of American law and lore, principles and practice.” Day practices law and is a candidate for supervisor in Carson City, Nevada. This is his fifth book.

Gifts Cooks Love

Diane LevKoy Morgan ’77. Gifts Cooks Love: Recipes for Giving (Sur La Table, 2010) covers an array of recipes—sweet, savory, smoked, baked, and beverages—along with tips and techniques. She has also written Skinny Dips: 60 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Chips, and Salsas on the Lighter Side of Delicious (Chronicle Books, 2010), in which she liberates the premeal or anytime snack by lightening up calories.

St. Cecilia's Daze

Katrin Talbot ’80. St. Cecilia’s Daze (Parallel Press, 2010). Katrina’s new chapbook includes an homage to the patron saint of music:

As I’m currently living in the comfort zone
where Bach wrote his Preludes and
Fugues,
where life still makes sense
in these keys,
I think I’ll sneak in a slow trill for a few months
before I decide on a direction
because
I’m in no hurry to
modulate.

Katrin has written poetry since she was six, “pounding away on an Olivetti under an almond tree in Australia.” Her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2009.

Holocaust Survivors in Postwar Germany

Margarete Myers Feinstein ’83. Holocaust Survivors in Postwar Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Stranded in Germany after World War II, 300,000 Holocaust survivors began to rebuild their lives while awaiting emigration. Brought together by their shared persecution, they forged a vibrant community, redefining their identity after Auschwitz. Asserting their dignity as Jews, they practiced Jewish rituals, created new families, embraced Zionism, agitated against British policies in Palestine, and tried to force Germans to acknowledge responsibility for wartime crimes. Margarete uses survivor memoirs and interviews and focuses on the personal aspects of the transition to normalcy. Her study emphasizes Jewish identity and cultural life after the war. Margarete first began research into the topic for her Reed thesis.

Paralyses

John Culbert ’85. Paralysis: Literature, Travel, and Ethnography in French Modernity (University of Nebraska Press, 2011). Modernity has long been equated with motion, travel, and change, but John argues that the key texts of modernity and postmodernity may be approached through figures and narratives of paralysis. Motion, John contends, is no more defining of modern travel than fixations, resistance, and impasse; concepts and figures of travel must be rethought in this more static light. Focusing on the French and Francophone context, in which paralyzed travel is a persistent motif, he also offers new insights into French critical theory and its often-paradoxical figures of mobility. John teaches at Scripps College and has published articles in numerous journals, including October, Postmodern Culture, Qui Parle, and L’Esprit Créateur.

A Different Kind of Luxury

Andy Couturier ’86. A Different Kind of Luxury: Wisdom for Living the Good Life from the Mountains of Japan (Stonebridge Press, 2009). This book profiles 11 individuals Andy encountered while teaching English in Japan. All had experienced the pressures of Japan’s urban, industrial society, and chose a more self-sustaining and fulfilling lifestyle. Now, as artists, philosophers, and farmers, residing in the mountains of rural Japan, they are surrounded by nature, art, contemplation, delicious food, and an abundance of time. By presenting the journeys of these ordinary—yet exceptional—people, Andy hopes to show how others can live simply, and with respect for community and natural resources. Andy is also the author of Writing Open the Mind: Tapping the Subconscious to Free the Writing and the Writer.

A Companion to American Environmental History

Doug Sackman ’90, Ed. A Companion to American Environmental History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Doug edited this book, in which scholars plumb the depths and ascend the heights of the fairly new formation of the historiographic landscape of environmental history. A professor of history at the University of Puget Sound, Doug also wrote the chapter on food and coauthored the one on gender. We noted the publication of his book Wild Men in the June issue of Reed.

Deepak Sarma ’91, Ed. Authority and Its Challenges in Hindu Texts, Translations, and Transnational Communities (Deepak Heritage Books, 2009). We will not attempt to summarize this book, except to note this remarkable quote from Deepak about his days at Reed: “I am indebted to all of those sages of the magic grove who encouraged me to wonder if this is all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago on days when the sky was yellow and the sun was blue.” Deepak has written and edited an astonishing list of titles, including An Introduction to Madhva Vedanta; Epistemologies and the Limitations of Philosophical Inquiry: Doctrine in Madhva Vedant); and Hinduism: A Reader.

Pressing the Fight

Greg Barnhisel ’92, Ed. Pressing the Fight: Print, Propaganda, and the Cold War (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010). In this volume, a dozen scholars from a variety of disciplines look at different manifestations of print as propaganda, from textbooks and cookbooks to art catalogs, newspaper comics, and travel guides. The book evaluates not only the content of printed matter but also the circumstances of its production, the people and institutions that disseminated it, and the audiences that consumed it. Greg is associate professor of English at Duquesne University. His previous publications include James Laughlin, New Directions, and the Remaking of Ezra Pound.

Wildbranch

“Settling,” an essay by Rachel Shaw ’92, is included in Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-based Writing (University of Utah Press, 2010).



This Noisy Egg

Nicole Walker ’93. This Noisy Egg (Barrow Street Press, 2010). “Nature, seen with a desperate, urban eye, shapes this work. The kind of nature that informs these poems is nature under attack. These poems open a door between the domestic and the wild, and, sometimes violently, between the interior of the body and the natural world. In this manuscript, the poems move quickly, as if the world is disappearing faster than Walker can write it.” An assistant professor of poetry and creative nonfiction at Northern Arizona University, Nicole writes: “I thank Reedie poets like Leslie Scalapino ’66 and Gary Snyder ’51 for paving the way.”

Jeremy Faludi ’95 teaches green product design at Stanford, and contributed to four books that came out in the past year: Packaging Sustainability, by Wendy Jedlicka; Sustainable Graphic Design, by Wendy Jedlicka; Green Graphic Design, by Brian Dougherty; and Eco-labels: Concerns and Experiences, by Asha B. Joshi.

Six Gems of Geometry

Thomas Reale MALS ’08. Six Gems of Geometry (PSI Press, 2010). This delightful exploration of the teachings of Euclid includes a fictional story inspired by William Blake’s painting Newton the Measurer.

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