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Handbook of Spanish Language Media

(Routledge)

Handbook of Spanish Language Media

Alan Albarran, professor of radio, television and film and director of the Center for Spanish Language Media, editor

Drawing on the expertise of authors and collaborators throughout the globe, Albarran’s ninth publication is intended to fill the need for a reference work providing an overview of the Spanish language media field and its emerging issues. His goal is to establish a Handbook that will become the definitive source for scholars interested in the field — not only to provide background on issues relevant to Spanish language media, but also to establish directions for future research.

Albarran, a former Fulbright senior scholar, won the 2009 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Broadcast Education Association. The award recognizes contributions to research and scholarship involving broadcast and electronic media.

Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

(University of Chicago Press)

Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Steven M. Friedson, Regents Professor of music

The second book in Friedson’s planned trilogy about his musical experience in African ritual focuses on the Brekete/Gorovodu religion of the Ewe people. Friedson examines their religious practices through a historical and ethnographic study of a medicine shrine on Ghana’s southern coast. In each chapter, he considers a different aspect of Ewe ritual life and its musicality, including dance and possession, chanted calls to prayer and the play of the drums.

Friedson also focuses on his own position and experience within the society. For 15 years, he has worked in the Volta Region of Ghana, where he established a research center on the Guinea Coast. He previously published Dancing Prophets: Musical Experience in Tumbuka Healing (University of Chicago Press).

Combinatorics: The Rota Way

(Cambridge University Press)

Combinatorics: The Rota Way

Joseph P.-S. Kung, professor of mathematics; the late G.C. Rota, professor of applied mathematics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Catherine Yan, professor of mathematics at Texas A&M University

Kung and Yan are former students of Gian-Carlo Rota, whose work inspired a new area of algebraic combinatorics and influenced generations of mathematicians before his death in 1999. Basing the book on notes from Rota’s graduate courses and personal discussions with him, the authors cover topics such as partially ordered sets, distributive lattices, partitions and entropy, matching theory, free matrices, Moebius functions, chains and antichains, umbral calculus and Baxter algebras. Exercises and research problems are included, along with discussions of unexplored areas for research.

The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation and Philosophical Pragmatism

(University of Chicago Press)

The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation and Philosophical Pragmatism

Walton M. Muyumba, associate professor of English

Often considered rivals, writers Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka shared a passion for music and, in particular, jazz. Presenting the three authors as a jazz trio, Muyumba demonstrates how their works form a series of calls and responses as they use their insights into jazz improvisation to analyze race and politics in the civil rights era. He connects their writings on jazz to the philosophical tradition of pragmatism, especially through their call for individual freedoms, improvisational political discourse and democratic societies.

Rebels Without Borders: Transnational Insurgencies in World Politics

(Cornell University Press)

Rebels Without Borders: Transnational Insurgencies in World Politics

Idean Salehyan, assistant professor of political science

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Salehyan began researching transnational militant groups. Studying civil wars since 1945, he discovered that a majority of rebel organizations have conducted operations from sanctuaries in neighboring countries. In Rebels Without Borders, he presents multi-country analyses and extensive case studies on the Nicaraguan civil war of the 1980s and the Rwandan conflict of the 1990s-2000s. He also examines other cross-border insurgents, such as Taliban fighters in Pakistan. The book sheds light on the difficulties of negotiating peace with transnational rebel organizations and outlines strategies for dealing with these groups.

Novela y cine de ciencia ficción española contemporánea: Una reflexión sobre la humanidad

(Edwin Mellen Press)

Novela y cine de ciencia ficción española contemporánea: Una reflexión sobre la humanidad

Cristina Sánchez-Conejero, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures

In her comprehensive study of the science fiction genre in Spain, Sánchez-Conejero reveals key elements of Spanish culture, analyzing literature and cinema in an interdisciplinary context. She says although Spanish science fiction is not generally recognized in today’s academic landscape, these authors and filmmakers are offering works of uniquely Spanish perspective and experience and exploring universal ideas. They cover such issues as the limits of human rationality, the nature and causes of wars, the relationship between technology and humanity, and the role and consequences of history and its reinterpretation.

New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century

(Thames and Hudson Ltd.)

New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century

Hossein Amirsadeghi with Transglobe Publishing; Salwa Mikdadi, lecturer in museum studies at JFK University; and Nada M. Shabout, associate professor of art education and art history, editors

New Vision, with more than 500 color illustrations, offers an in-depth survey of the cutting edge of Arab art. Included are profiles of organizations, galleries and well-known and up-and-coming artists. Five essays cover issues of diaspora, globalization, identity, audience and the origins of the current interest and productivity in the Arab art world.

Shabout, a leading authority on contemporary Iraqi art and a former Fulbright senior scholar, is working to digitally document modern Iraqi art lost in the war. She was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create a publicly accessible archive of the missing art.

First Available Cell: Desegregation of the Texas Prison System

(University of Texas Press)

First Available Cell: Desegregation of the Texas Prison System

Chad R. Trulson, associate professor of criminal justice, and James W. Marquart, associate provost and professor of criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas

Not until 1975 did legislation prohibit racial segregation and discrimination in Texas prisons. First Available Cell chronicles the steps in the transformation from segregation to desegregation, including prison director George J. Beto’s 1965 decision to allow inmates of different races to co-exist in the same prison setting. The authors also examine the significance of an inmate’s 1972 lawsuit alleging racial segregation and discrimination in Texas prisons.

Trulson’s research on the aftermath of racial desegregation in the Texas prison system was used by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 2005 case involving the temporary racial segregation of new prisoners in California.

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