Saadia M. Pekkanen, editor of Asian Designs: Governance in the Contemporary World Order, published an article on Forbes.com on October 31: China and Japan Vie to Shape Asia’s Approach to Outer Space
David Bacon, author of Communities without Borders, published a photoessay on Truthout about homeless would-be voters in Berkeley, California: “We’re Homeless and We Vote”: Homeless People Want a Voice in This Election”
Tamara Loos, author of Bones around My Neck: The Life and Exile of a Prince Provocateur, offers comment on the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand:
A Q & A with Robert J. Sternberg was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education (paywalled) on September 15. Dan Berrett of the Chronicle writes of Sternberg, “Over an extensive career, he has challenged orthodoxies on admissions, standardized testing, and academic culture. . . . In his new book, What Universities Can Be: A New Model for Preparing Students for Active Concerned Citizenship and Ethical Leadership, Sternberg synthesizes his research and evolving thinking on intelligence, creativity, common sense, wisdom, and leadership. . . . He proposes a new model that prepares students for what he calls ‘active concerned citizenship and ethical leadership,’ or ‘Accel.’ That means emphasizing access over exclusivity, he says, and cultivating broad abilities, like creativity, wisdom, and practical thinking, instead of narrow ones like memory.”
A few short excerpts of the interview follow: Continue reading “Robert J. Sternberg on How to Produce Students Who Can Change the World”
Nancy Mandeville Caciola, author of Afterlives: The Return of the Dead in the Middle Ages and Discerning Spirits: Divine and Demonic Possession in the Middle Ages, was interviewed by Fred Barbash of the Washington Post:
Congratulations to Marina Rustow, author of Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate, who has been named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow on the basis of her work with the Cairo Geniza texts. From the MacArthur Foundation’s description of Rustow’s work:
“In Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate (2008), Rustow focuses on the period from 909 to 1171 C.E. and upends long-accepted ideas about the relationship between two rival Jewish communities under Fatimid rule. Prior historians, basing their interpretation on literary polemics, had depicted the Rabbanites and Karaites (or Qaraites) of Egypt and Syria as factions bitterly divided by theological difference, the latter branded as heretics and marginalized. Rustow examined nonliterary Geniza documents (such as letters, legal contracts, and state petitions and decrees) and revealed a wealth of social, economic, and political transactions between the two groups. The finding calls into question the depth of the religious schism, suggesting a higher level of tolerance and cooperation than had been assumed.”
The August 18 edition of the Wall Street Journal features a commentary on Putin’s Russia by Michael Khodarkovsky, author most recently of Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest of the North Caucasus:
The latest episode of Ben Franklin’s World, a podcast about early American history, features an interview with Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon, author of For Fear of an Elective King: George Washington and the Presidential Title Controversy of 1789. Listen here!
In the Cornell Chronicle, Kathryn S. March, whose book “If Each Comes Halfway”: Meeting Tamang Women in Nepal features a CD of traditional songs recorded nowhere else, wrote this heartrending account of the fate of the village where she and David Holmberg, author of Order in Paradox: Myth and Ritual Among Nepal’s Tamang, have done fieldwork for decades: Cornell Perspectives: My village in Nepal is gone.
Other books Cornell University Press has published on Nepal include In the Circle of the Dance: Notes of an Outsider in Nepal by Katharine Bjork Guneratne and Many Tongues, One People: The Making of Tharu Identity in Nepal by Arjun Guneratne.
Jonathan Kirshner, author of Hollywood’s Last Golden Age: Politics, Society, and the Seventies Film in America and American Power after the Financial Crisis, wrote an article on the Oscars and the business of Hollywood for the New York Daily News: Bright Lights, Timid City