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Barter World

Esther M. Gwinnell ’75 is coauthor of The Encyclopedia of Addictions and Addictive Behaviors (Facts on File, 2005). She also published two articles, “Unique Aspects of Internet Relationships” in Telepsychiatry and e-Mental Health (Royal Society of Medicine Press, 2003) and “Risk Factors for the Development of Internet Adultery” (Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, 2001), which are related to her book Online Seductions: Falling in Love With Strangers on the Internet (Kodansha America, 1998). (See also Letters.)

Helvetica and the New York Subway System

Paul Shaw ’76 designed and published Helvetica and the New York Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story (Blue Pencil Editions, 2009). Subway is an “updated, expanded, annotated and profusely illustrated version of the essay originally written by me for AIGA Voice in the fall of 2008.” The book version takes into account new information and is supplemented by comprehensive notes, a bibliography, and a chronology of the New York City subway system. Paul designed the book with Abby Goldstein. For more information, visit

Hollow Ways

Marjorie Wight Olsen ’78 has published the book Hollow-Ways (Maria Mann, 2009), which contains over 50 of her paintings and a selection of her poems. Marjorie’s art has been widely exhibited, and her poetry grew out of her experiences with yoga, spirituality, and meditation. This is her first publication combining the two forms. Described as uplifting, genuine, and conveying a beautiful message, Hollow-Ways has been well received by adults and adolescents alike.

Planet India

The newest book by Mira Kamdar ’80, Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World (Scribner 2008), has been published in over a dozen editions around the world ( “Starting work on a new book on Gandhi and our present difficult global moment.” Mira is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and is writing for Le Monde diplomatique and Courier International. She is now living in France, and taught at Sciences Po in Paris this spring.

Congratulations to Mary Hower ’83, whose essay “When Gladiolas Surprise the Nasturtiums” appeared in New Letters magazine in spring 2009 and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Penny Hummel ’83 wrote an article about Mary Frances Isom, the Library Association of Portland’s amazing and visionary early director. Isom’s tenure (1901–20) coincided with Reed’s earliest days, and she worked closely with architect A.E. Doyle on the design of the Central Library. The article was published by Multnomah County Library and may be viewed at

Wild Men

A new book by Doug Sackman ’90, Wild Men: Ishi and Kroeber in the Wilderness of Modern America, has been published by Oxford University Press (2010). The book explores the relationship between the Yahi man dubbed the “last wild Indian” and one of the founders of American anthropology, in the context of anxieties about modernity and a cultural longing for the wild and the wilderness. “I worked in three references to Reed—one to Gary Snyder ’51, who helped in the process of creating the ‘Ishi Wilderness’; one to Reed professor of anthropology William Ogburn [1912–17] and his student Esther Watson ’17, who visited Ishi in Berkeley in 1915; and one to the illimitable Gail Kelly ’55, in whose class I first began researching the relationship between Kroeber and California Indians.” Doug is a professor of history at the University of Puget Sound.


Alafair Burke ’91 published the novel 212 (Harper Collins, 2010), with detective Ellie Hatcher following a trail that stems from the murder of a New York University sophomore. Alafair was in Portland in April, for promotional events at Murder by the Book and Powell’s Books.

Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence

Jose-Antonio Orosco ’92, associate professor of philosophy at Oregon State University and director of the OSU Peace Studies Program, is the author of Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence (University of New Mexico Press, 2008). He was visiting professor in Rosario, Argentina, this spring, offering classes in peace studies and global justice in Latin America.

The Self in Black and White

The Self in Black and White: Race and Subjectivity in Postwar American Photography (University Press of New England, 2010), by Erina Duganne ’93, examines the historically specific ways in which notions of selfhood have been experienced, conceptualized, and reflected in relation to photographic representations of blackness in post–World War II America. Erina, who is assistant professor of art history at Texas State University–San Marcos, taught at the University of Potsdam this year on a Fulbright scholarship. “The thrill of having this material finally in print has not only made the difficulties fade into the distance but the entire process more meaningful.”

The Totem Pole: An Intercultural History

Aaron Glass ’94 has published his first book, The Totem Pole: An Intercultural History (University of Washington, 2010). In The Totem Pole, Aaron and coauthor Aldona Jonaitis describe their theories on the development of the art form; its spread from the Pacific Northwest coast to world’s fairs and global theme parks; its integration with the history of tourism and its transformation into a signifier of place; the role of governments, museums, and anthropologists in collecting and restoring poles; and the part that these carvings have played in Native struggles for control of their cultures and their lands.

Vancouver Art & Economies

Edited by Melanie O’Brian ’96, the nine essays in Vancouver Art & Economies (Artspeak & Arsensal Pulp Press, 2007) address the organized systems that have affected contemporary art in Vancouver over the last two decades, during which the once marginal city has become an internationally recognized center for contemporary visual art.

None of Us Were Like This Before

Joshua Phillips ’96 has published None of Us Were Like This Before: How American Soldiers Turned to Torture (Verso, 2010). Based on firsthand reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as interviews with soldiers, their families and friends, military officials, and the victims of torture, None of Us Were Like This Before reveals how soldiers, senior officials, and the U.S. public came to believe that torture was both effective and necessary. The book illustrates that the damaging legacy of torture is borne not only by the detainees, but also by American soldiers and the country to which they have returned. (See also Class Notes.)

Matthew O’Sullivan ’06, who is working on a doctorate in neuroscience at UC San Diego, was a contributor to the report “LRRTM2 Interacts with Neurexin1 and Regulates Excitatory Synapse Formation,” which was published in the journal Neuron in December 2009.

The Rapid Recovery Handbook

Under his pen name Nathaniel Mead, Mark Mead ’84 has written numerous articles for national and international magazines and coauthored several books, including The Rapid Recovery Handbook (HarperCollins 2006). He currently has 34 articles listed on PubMed. (See also Class Notes.)

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