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W.J. Casstevens ’82 has written A Mentored Self-Help Intervention for Psychotic Symptom Management: An Evaluation (VDM Verlag, 2007). Casstevens is assistant professor in the social work department at North Carolina State University.

“I want to use your name,” a poem by Karie Lazarus Friedman ’61, was published in the Fall/Winter 2007 issue of the Atlantic Review.

Michael Taylor ’62 published three adventure novels for the young-adult reader, Daggers and Ink, The Tombs of Alexandria, and The Natron Smugglers, which are available from Lulu Press (

Recent publications by Constance Putnam ’65 include 12 entries in the 2007 Dictionary of Medical Biography.

Jane Burbank ’67 is co-editor of Russian Empire: Space, People, Power, 1700–1930 (Indiana University Press, 2007). The book was completed in collaboration with Russian, Ukrainian, U.S., and British historians of Russia.

A Body of Water and Flag Day, two plays by Lee Blessing ’71, were published by Dramatists Play Service in 2007. The Humana New Play Festival of the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky, presented the world premiere of his play Great Falls, in February.

Dan Feller ’72 is editor and director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson. The seventh volume, which begins with Jackson’s life in 1829, was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2007. Feller is professor of history at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, and was the academic adviser and leading on-camera expert for “Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency,” which aired nationally on PBS in January.

Lauri Ramey ’74, professor of creative writing and English, and director of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics at California State University–Los Angeles, has published two books: The Heritage Series of Black Poetry, 1962–1975: A Research Compendium (Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008); and Slave Songs and the Birth of African American Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), which has been called the first major literary study in recent times to address the spirituals as lyric poetry and to argue that they deserve a foundational place in the American poetry canon.


Liars’ Tales of True Love, the 16th book by James Freeman ’78, was released by Publish America, in December. The book is described as a post-modern love story, in which the characters (who have fallen on hard times or are homeless) form an illicit book club to act out novels while on the run.

David Braly ’81, a native of Prineville, Oregon, has written Crooked River Country: Wranglers, Rogues, and Barons (Washington State University Press, 2007), a saga of Central Oregon’s Wild West (1800–1950). Braly has worked as the Crook County correspondent for the Bend Bulletin, and has contributed to numerous publications, including history books about Jefferson and Wheeler counties. He previously published three books, Juniper-Empire: A History of Eastern and Central Oregon, Tales from the Oregon Outback: Cattle Barons of Early Oregon, and Indians in Early Day Oregon; and was selected as a 2005 Spur Award finalist for best western short fiction.

Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet, by Lisa Nakamura ’87, was published in December by the University of Minnesota Press. Nakamura is associate professor at the Institute of Communication Research and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

“The Prophet Reconsidered,” by Christopher Phelps ’88 was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education in January. Phelps, associate professor of history at the Ohio State University–Mansfield, is a specialist in 20th-century U.S. intellectual and political history. His piece for the Chronicle not only examines the achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., the myths and facts, but also looks at more recent scholarship, which underscores a legacy that America has yet to realize. Phelps is the author of Young Sidney Hook (2nd ed., University of Michigan Press, 2005).

Joel Schalit ’90 has published the books Jerusalem Calling (Akashic Books, 2002), The Anti-Capitalism Reader (Akashic Books, 2002), and Collective Action (Pluto Books, 2004). His forthcoming book is Israel vs. Utopia. He also has contributed to numerous periodicals including Alternet, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and XLR8R. Schalit received an M.A. in philosophy from the Graduate Theological Union, and is doing doctoral work at York University in Toronto, Canada.

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