Looking for a Good Summer Read by an Emory Author?

Susan Rebecca White, a lecturer in the Creative Writing Program, is receiving great early notices on her third book, A Place at the Table, from booksellers. The American Booksellers Association chose it for its “Indie Next List” for June of 2013 (an honor it shares with the debut novel of Emory’s own alum, Anton Dislafani) and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has selected it as a 2013 Summer “Okra Pick.

The fictional book has Georgia roots, just like its author (born and raised in Atlanta). White’s story was inspired by the true-life relationship between Edna Lewis, a well-known African-American chef and author of the classic A Taste of Country Cooking, who was befriended in her later years by chef Scott Peacock, both of whom lived in Atlanta for quite a few years.

You can learn more about the book and read excerpts on White’s homepage.

Tony Martin talks about his new book, “Life Traces of the Georgia Coast”

Environmental Studies Professor Anthony (Tony) Martin talks about his new book, Life Traces of the Georgia Coast (Indiana University Press), an up-close look at the animals and plants of Georgia’s fascinating barrier islands, in this new YouTube video.

Ever wondered who left those tracks on the beach? Using lots of photos and illustrations, Martin presents an overview of the traces left by modern animals and plants in this biologically rich region. He shows how life traces relate to the environments, natural history, and behaviors of their tracemakers, and applies that knowledge toward a better understanding of the fossilized traces that ancient life left in the geologic record.

Dr. Martin is a paleontologist and geologist who specializes in ichnology, the study of modern and ancient traces caused by animal behavior, such as tracks, trails, burrows, and nests. At Emory, he teaches a wide variety of courses in paleontology, geology, and the environmental sciences on campus and in field courses, including study-abroad programs.

Along with his interest in the ichnology of the Georgia barrier islands, he has studied modern traces and trace fossils from elsewhere in the U.S. and other countries, with his most significant discoveries in Australia. He has published many peer-reviewed articles on traces and trace fossils made by plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates representing the last 550 million years of the geologic record.


See more books by Emory faculty at the category link below (also check out Staring and Its Implications in Society by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, and Custerology: Legacy of the Indian Wars & Custer by Michael Elliott).

Lawrence Jackson Writes Movingly of History and Family in New Book

Lawrence P. Jackson, Professor of English and African American Studies at Emory, talks about his new book, My Father’s Name: A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War (University of Chicago Press, available May 2012). The book, part detective story and part historical memoir, tells the story of his quest to learn more about his ancestral past, one tied to the history of slavery.

His previous book, The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960 received the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence in literature; a literary award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association in the nonfiction category; and an award from the Modern Language Association of America.

Your Brain on Religion and Science

In his new book, Why Religion Is Natural and Science Is Not (Oxford University Press, 2011), Robert McCauley (William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor and director of Emory’s Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture) describes how our minds are better suited to religious belief than to scientific inquiry. Religion has existed for many thousands of years in every society because the kinds of explanations it provides are precisely the kinds that come naturally to human minds.

Science, on the other hand, is a much more recent and rare development because it reaches radical conclusions and requires a kind of abstract thinking that only arises consistently under very specific social conditions.

Religion makes intuitive sense to us, while science requires a lot of work. The naturalness of religion, he suggests, means that science poses no real threat to it, while the unnaturalness of science puts it in a surprisingly precarious position.

Check out McCauley’s blog in PsychologyToday.com

Andrade Book Tells the Story of Koxinga’s conquest of Taiwan

Just in time for the 350th  anniversary of the Chinese warlord Koxinga’s victory over the Dutch in Taiwan (during China’s first war with Europe), is history professor Tonio Andrade‘s new book, Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory over the West (Princeton University Press, 2011).

During the seventeenth century, Holland created the world’s most dynamic colonial empire, outcompeting the British and capturing Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Yet, in the Sino-Dutch War–Europe’s first war with China–the Dutch met their match in a colorful Chinese warlord named Koxinga. Part samurai, part pirate, he led his generals to victory over the Dutch and captured one of their largest and richest colonies–Taiwan. How did he do it? Examining the strengths and weaknesses of European and Chinese military techniques during the period, Lost Colony provides a balanced new perspective on long-held assumptions about Western power, Chinese might, and the nature of war.

“You can read this book as an exciting novel full of pirates, swashbuckling characters, beheadings, treachery, and battles on land and sea–a novel that just happens to be true–or as a revelatory look at the little-known first war between China and the West, and window into one of the biggest unsolved questions of world history: why Europe rather than China colonized the world from the time of Columbus onward. Either way, you will be sorry when you reach the last page.”–Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse

See Rorotoko.com interview with Andrade (cover interview, Dec. 9, 2011)

Lipstadt’s “The Eichmann Trial”

The Eichmann Trial, by Deborah Lipstadt (Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies), was given a favorable review in The Wall Street Journal (“Anything but Banal,” March 12, 2011). David Pryce-Jones writes:

In “The Eichmann Trial,” Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history at Emory University, presents a thoughtfully researched and clearly written account of the courtroom proceedings and of the debates spurred by the trial. She begins with a brief reminder of how, in a law court a dozen years ago, she obtained a judgment against David Irving, a British writer with a line in Holocaust denial who claimed that she had libeled him in her 1993 book, “Denying the Holocaust.” The court found instead that Mr. Irving had falsified the historical record. Mr. Irving’s relation to the Holocaust obviously cannot be com pared with Adolf Eichmann’s, but Ms. Lipstadt argues that the motivations of both of these fanatics can be traced to the anti-Semitism endemic in European culture and religion.

See full review

See YouTube video (Knopf Doubleday)

Facebook page

See Prof. Lipstadt’s posts on the Jewish Book Council’s Author Blog


Books published by College faculty in 2010

Abramowitz, Alan (Political Science) The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy. Yale UP.
Agnew, Robert (Sociology) and Joanne M. Kaufman, eds. Anomie, Strain, and Subcultural Theories of Crime. Ashgate.
Aldridge, Delores (Sociology) Imagine A World: Pioneering Black Women Sociologists. UP of America.
Bennington, Geoffrey (Comparative Literature and French and Italian) Not Half No End: Militantly Melancholic Essays in Memory of Jacques Derrida. Edinburgh UP.
Bernstein, Matthew (Film Studies), ed. Michael Moore: Filmmaker, Newsmaker, Cultural Icon. U of Michigan P.
Bernstein, Matthew (Film Studies) Screening a Lynching: The Leo Frank Case In Film And TV. U of Georgia P.
Bianchi, Eugene (Religion, Emeritus) Taking a Long Road Home. Wipf and Stock.
Bing, Peter (Classics), area ed. Greek Literature for the Oxford Encyclopedia. Oxford UP.
Perry, A., and Daniel Brat (Medicine), eds. Practical Surgical Neuropathology: A Diagnostic Approach. Churchill-Livingstone.
Brown, Peter J. (Anthropology) and Ron Barrett, eds. Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology, 2nd ed. McGraw Hill.
Buras, Kristen (Educational Studies), J. Randels, K.Y. Salaam, and Students at the Center, eds. Pedagogy, Policy, and the Privatized City: Stories of Dispossession and Defiance from New Orleans. Teachers College Press.
Bullock, Julia (REALC) The Other Women’s Lib: Gender and Body in Japanese Women’s Fiction. U of Hawai’i P.
Butler, H. Erik (German Studies) The Bellum Grammaticale and the Rise of European Literature. Ashgate.
Butler, H. Erik (German Studies) Metamorphoses of the Vampire in Literature and Film. Camden House.
Byrd, Rudolph P. (ILA and African American Studies), ed. The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker. New Press.
Carrión, Maria M. (Spanish) Subject Stages. U of Toronto P.
Carter, Jimmy (The Carter Center) White House Diary. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Cherribi, Sam (Sociology) In the House of War. Oxford UP.
Clark, Tom S. (Political Science) The Limits of Judicial Independence. Cambridge UP.
Corrigan, Kevin (ILA) Evagrius and Gregory: Mind, Soul and Body in the 4th Century. Ashgate.
Corrigan, Kevin (ILA) and John D. Turner, eds. Plato’s Parmenides, Vol. 1: History and Interpretation from the Old Academy to Later Platonism and Gnosticism. SBL/Brill.
Corrigan, Kevin (ILA) Plato’s Parmenides and its Heritage, Vol. II: Reception in Neoplatonic, Jewish, and Christian Texts. SBL/Brill.
Coropceanu, Lilia (French and Italian) Faber Suae Fortunae: L’autoformation du Sujet chez Mme de Lafayette, Marivaux et Stendhal. Peter Lang.
Eltis, David (History) and David Richardson. Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Yale UP.
Garner, M., George Engelhard (Educational Studies), M. Wilson, and W. Fisher, eds.Advances in Rasch Measurement, Vol. 1. JAM

Ferriss, Abbott L. (Sociology, Emeritus) Approaches to Improving the Quality of Life. Springer.
Foster, Frances Smith (English and Women’s Studies) ‘Til Death or Distance Do Us Part: Love and Marriage in African America. Oxford UP.

Garibaldi, Skip (Mathematics), Jean-Louis Colliot-Thélène, Ramdorai Sujatha, and Venapally Suresh. Quadratic Forms, Linear Algebraic Groups, and Cohomology. Springer.
Gillespie, Andra (Political Science) Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership. Routledge.
Goldberg, Jonathan (English) Sodometries: Renaissance Texts, Modern Sexualities. Fordham UP.
Goldman, Shalom. (MESAS) Zeal for Zion: Christians, Jews, and the Idea of the Promised Land. U of North Carolina P.
Gruber, Bill (English) Offstage Space, Narrative, and the Theatre of the Imagination. Palgrave/ Macmillan.
Hauk, Gary (President’s Office) and Sally Wolff King (English) Where Courageous Inquiry Leads: The Emerging Life of Emory University. Bookhouse Group.
Levin, Lowell and Ellen Idler (Sociology) The Hidden Healthcare System, 2nd ed. Golden Apple.

Jackson, Lawrence P. (English and African American Studies) The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960. Princeton UP.
Judovitz, Dalia (French and Italian) Drawing on Art: Duchamp and Company. U of Minnesota P.
Juricek, John T. (History) Colonial Georgia and the Creeks: Anglo-Indian Diplomacy on the Southern Frontier, 1733-1763. UP of Florida.
Karnes, Kevin C. (Music) and Levi Sheptovitsky, eds. Across Centuries and Cultures: Musicological Studies in Honor of Joachim Braun. Verlag.
Kaufman, Myron (Chemistry) Order and Disorder: Science Essentials for Non-Scientists. World Scientific.
Klehr, Harvey (Political Science) The Communist Experience in America. Transaction.
Konner, Melvin (Anthropology) The Evolution of Childhood. Harvard UP
Kugle, Scott (MESAS) Homosexuality in Islam: Critical Reflection on Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims. Oneworld.
Li, Hong (REALC), Wan-Li Ho (REALC), and J. Zhang. Access China – An Interactive Classroom Video Course for Chinese and Learning, Vols. 1-4. 21 Century Publishing.
Makkreel, Rudolf A. (Philosophy) and Sebastian Luft, eds. Neo-Kantianism in Contemporary Philosophy. Indiana UP.
Makkreel, Rudolf A. (Philosophy) and Frithjof Rodi, eds. Wilhelm Dilthey’s Selected Works, Vol. 2, Princeton UP.
Varricchio, D. J., Anthony J. Martin (Environmental Studies), and Y. Katsura. El Dinosaurio Que Excavó Su Madriguera. Fundación Conjunto Paleontológico de Teruel-Dinópolis.
Martin, Richard C. (Religion) and Abbas Barzegar. Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam. Stanford UP.
Ernst, Carl and Richard C. Martin (Religion), eds. Rethinking Islamic Studies: From Orientalism to Cosmopolitanism. U of South Carolina P.
McClintock, Sara L. (Religion) Omniscience and the Rhetoric of Reason: Śāntarakṣita and Kamalaśīla on Rationality, Argumentation, and Religious Authority. Wisdom.
Mitchell, Andrew J. (Philosophy) Heidegger Among the Sculptors: Body, Space, and the Art of Dwelling. Stanford UP.
Nouvet, Claire (French and Italian) Abélard et Héloïse: La Passion de la Maîtrise. Presses Universitaires du Septentrion.
Nouvet, Claire (French and Italian) Enfances Narcisse. Editions Gallilée.
Pandey, Gyanendra (History), ed. Subaltern Citizens and Their Histories: Investigations from India and the USA. Routledge.
Patton, Laurie (Religion) Notes from a Mandala: Essays in Indian History of Religions in Honor of Wendy Doniger. U of Delaware P.
Peletz, Michael (Anthropology) Gender Pluralism: Southeast Asia Since Early Modern Times. Routledge.
Robbins, Vernon K. (Religion) Sea Voyages and Beyond: Emerging Strategies in Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation. Deo.
Sanders, Mark (English and African American Studies) A Black Soldier’s Story. U of Minnesota P.
Skibell, Joseph (Creative Writing and English) A Curable Romantic. Algonquin.
Staton, Jeffrey K. (Political Science) Judicial Power and Strategic Communication in Mexico. Cambridge UP.
Stuhr, John J. (Philosophy), ed. 100 Years of Pragmatism: William James’s Revolutionary Philosophy. Indiana UP.

Trethewey, Natasha (Creative Writing and English) Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. U of Georgia P.
Palagia, O., and Bonna Wescoat (Art History). Samothracian Connections: Essays in Honor of James R. McCredie. Oxford UP.
Wilson, Elizabeth A. (Women’s Studies) Affect and Artificial Intelligence. U of Washington P.
Wolff King, Sally (English) Ledgers of History: William Faulkner, an Almost Forgotten Friendship, and an Antebellum Plantation Diary. Louisiana State UP.
Worthman, Carol M. (Anthropology), Paul Plotsky (Medicine), D.S. Schechter, and C. Cummings. Formative Experiences: The Interaction of Caregiving, Culture, and Developmental Psychobiology. Cambridge UP.
Young, Kevin (Creative Writing and English), ed. The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing. Bloomsbury.

Source: http://www.emory.edu/home/academics/faculty/faculty-books-2010.html