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Agbadza: Songs, Drum Language of the Ewes

(African Music Publishers)

Agbadza: Songs, Drum Language of the Ewes

G. Foli Alorwoyie, professor of music, with David Locke, professor of musicology at Tufts University

Alorwoyie, regarded as one of Ghana’s foremost virtuosos of traditional music and dance, explains the deeper meaning behind the music, lyrics and language of the drums that the Ewes in West Africa have developed for centuries.

The tradition, which began in the 17th and 18th centuries, is still used today in wakes, memorial services and important events. But the cultural significance is being lost as the region moves toward modernization.

Alorwoyie discusses Agbadza musical instruments, song structure and drumming style. Accompanying the book is a CD of 25 songs that he transcribed into Western notation with lyrics he translated into English.

At UNT, he is the principal dancer/choreographer and director of the African Percussion Ensemble.

Choir of the Wells

(Etruscan Press)

Choir of the Wells

Bruce Bond, Regents Professor of English

Bond, an award-winning poet whose work has been recognized internationally, wrote this tetralogy inspired by his experience with two long-term nervous system infections. Supported by a faculty fellowship from UNT’s Institute for the Advancement of the Arts and a Research and Creativity Enhancement award, he researched the psychological aspects of the mind-body relationship and the power of mental force, and wrote most of the poems during a five-year span.

Choir of the Wells is his ninth book, and three others are due out next year: The Other Sky (Etruscan Press), poems in collaboration with the painter Aron Wiesenfeld; For the Lost Cathedral (LSU Press); and Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (University of Michigan Press).

Reckoning Day: Race, Place and the Atom Bomb in Postwar America

(Vanderbilt University Press)

Reckoning Day: Race, Place and the Atom Bomb
in Postwar America

Jacqueline Foertsch, professor of English

In the first book examining the relationship of African Americans to the atom bomb in postwar America, Foertsch analyzes the response of African Americans to the Cold War in novels, press coverage, films, popular music and the protest work of leaders such as W.E.B. DuBois and Martin Luther King Jr., who argued for nuclear disarmament as well as racial equality.

In her examination of African American characters in white-authored doomsday fiction and nonfiction, she notes that they are often excluded from decision-making, portrayed as indifferent or absent entirely.

The inspiration for the book came from her “Cold War Literature and Culture” class, in which she and her students have explored novels featuring an interracial cast of characters trying to survive the atomic age.

Locke, Science and Politics

(Cambridge University Press)

Locke, Science and Politics

Steven Forde, professor of political science

Forde, whose research interests include ancient to modern political philosophy, offers a new interpretation of the philosophy of John Locke, the founder of modern democracy. He argues that Locke’s devotion to modern science influenced his moral and political philosophy more profoundly than has previously been understood.

Forde maintains that natural law based on the common interest by divine command, rather than individual right based on self-interest, is at the foundation of Locke’s moral philosophy, and he explores Locke’s philosophy of property, politics and education in that new light.

This Corner of Canaan: Essays on Texas in Honor of Randolph B. Campbell

(UNT Press)

This Corner of Canaan: Essays on Texas in Honor of
Randolph B. Campbell

Richard B. McCaslin, professor and chair of the Department of History;
Donald E. Chipman, Professor Emeritus of history; and Andrew J. Torget, assistant professor of history, editors

This anthology includes 17 original essays on Texas history written by colleagues and former students of Randolph B. “Mike” Campbell, UNT’s Lone Star Professor of Texas History and one of the leading authorities on the subject.

His definitive works have remade how historians understand Texas as a Southern state, and his research in local records has become the model for community studies in the field.

About half of the essays are written by UNT alumni who studied under Campbell. McCaslin, Chipman and Torget contribute work on Texas Reconstruction, José Antonio Pichardo and Stephen F. Austin, respectively.

The American Dream Through the Eyes of Black African Immigrants in Texas

(University Press of America)

The American Dream Through the Eyes of Black
African Immigrants in Texas

Ami R. Moore, associate professor of sociology

Moore, who came to the U.S. from Togo in 1992, examines whether black African immigrants in Texas are achieving not only economic success but also moralistic success, such as being valued and respected.

Study participants reported challenges resulting in a sense of marginalization, but also remained willing to endure the challenges for the benefits of migration.

Moore received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar research grant to study AIDS-related issues in her native country. Her research interests also include earnings differentials and the effects of race, gender and place of birth among immigrants in the United States.

Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud: Custer, the Press and the Little Bighorn

(University of Oklahoma Press)

Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud: Custer, the Press and the Little Bighorn

James Mueller, professor of journalism

Mueller researched period newspapers to explore press coverage of George Armstrong Custer’s famous Last Stand in 1876 at the Little Bighorn — the battle between federal troops of the 7th Cavalry and Northern Plains Indians that has been mythologized through the years.

Mueller found that many journalists not only were not biased against the Indians, but they blamed the government for starting the war and questioned who was to blame for the loss. He says the newspapers moved on to other news and left the mythmaking to popular culture — such as biographies, paintings, movies, novels and Wild West shows.

Systemic Thinking: Building Maps for Worlds of Systems

(Wiley)

Systemic Thinking: Building Maps for Worlds of Systems

John Boardman of John Boardman Associates, and Brian Sauser, associate professor of logistics

The authors explore how systemic thinking — understanding how systems influence one another in a world of systems — can solve problems, whether in computers, the military, business or other fields.

The book explores a graphical technique for understanding new ways to create solutions and includes systemic maps or “systemigrams,” case studies and software developed by the authors. It is a follow-up to Sauser and Boardman’s 2008 book, Systems Thinking: Coping with 21st Century Problems.

Sauser previously managed an applied research and development laboratory in life sciences and engineering at the NASA Johnson Space Center and was the program director of the New Jersey NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training.

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