The Essential West: Collected Essays by Elliott West, was published by the University of Oklahoma Press. In this collection of essays, West covers an array of topics from conquest and frontier family life to the West of myth and imagination, all to reveal the past and present western America.
Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA by Randall B. Woods was published by Basic Books. Controversial post-war figure William Egan Colby played a critical role in momentous events in 20th century history. Colby was a World War II commando, Cold War spy, Saigon CIA station chief and eventual CIA director under presidents Nixon and Ford.
Robert Maranto co-authored, with Michael Q. McShane, President Obama and Education Reform: The Personal and the Political, which was published by Palgrave-MacMillan. The book offers insight into President Obama's educational policies, including efforts to improve long-term economic growth and foster class mobility, all of which have drawn skepticism from supporters of traditional public schools.
Genocide by Attrition: The Nuba Mountains of Sudan by Samuel Totten, published by Transaction Publishers, documents actions of the rarely researched government of Sudan during the attacks against the people of the Nuba Mountains in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It provides first-hand stories of the persecution and extermination of the Nuba people.
Margaret Bolsterli's Things You Need to Hear: Collected Memories of Growing up in Arkansas, 1890-1980, published by the University of Arkansas Press, gathers memories from Arkansans of a wide variety of backgrounds. Bolsterli includes the famous – Johnny Cash, Maya Angelou, Levon Helm and Jocelyn Elders – as well as everyday people. Interviewees reminisce about daily life in the early 20th century and how they got by in difficult times.
The Ongoing Burden of Southern History: Politics and Identity in the Twenty-first Century South, edited by Angie Maxwell,Todd Shields and Jeannie Whayne, and published by Louisiana State University Press, explores the contemporary South in light of C. Vann Woodward's landmark work of more than 50 years ago. Questions of equality, white southern identity, the political legacy of Reconstruction, the heritage of Populism, and the place of the South within the nation are all examined for a new generation.
In American Terrorism Trials: Prosecutorial and Defense Strategies, published by LFB Scholarly Publishing, Christopher A. Shields examined the ways prosecutors and defense attorneys handle federal terrorism trials. He finds that they have developed politicized strategies unique to terrorism trials. Yet, he also finds that when prosecutors rely less on highly politicized prosecution strategies, conviction rates increased.
The Rise to Respectability: Race, Religion, and the Church of God in Christ by Calvin White Jr., and published by the University of Arkansas Press, traces the cultural and religious impacts of African Americans on the history of the South. White explores the intersection of race, religion, and class and how the history of the Church of God in Christ, intertwines with aspects of the African American experience.
Judi Neal co-authored, with Alan Harpham and published by Gower, The Spirit of Project Management, which explores the value of incorporating spirituality in projects to bring a larger sense of achievement and purpose. Incorporating spirituality can also act as a touchstone for ethical and sustainable decision-making.
Selling ASAP: Art, Science, Agility, Performance-Professional Edition, co-authored by Eli Jones, Larry Chonko, Fern Jones and Carl Stevens and published by Louisiana State University Press, is a comprehensive approach to professional selling. It focuses on the importance of making relationships with customers mutually beneficial through explaining unique processes and techniques of selling in real-world examples.
Flowering and Fruiting in Cotton, edited by Derrick Oosterhuis and J. Tom Cothren and published by The Cotton Foundation, provides comprehensive information about the physiology of the plant during the reproductive stage. In essays by more than 20 researchers, the book shows how understanding the growth of a cotton plant and its response to environmental stress can lead to optimum yields and fiber quality.
Extreme Environment Electronics, by John D. Cressler and H. Alan Mantooth and published by CRC Press, discusses the design and use of devices, circuits and systems that operate in extreme environments such as in space or on earth in gas and oil wells. The authors present best practices to design electronics to continue operating in extremely high or low temperatures or under intense radiation.
In the first comprehensive interpretation of the early Netherlandish triptych, art history professor Lynn Jacobs examines the evolution of the triptych from medieval to early modern paintings in the region of present-day Belgium and Holland.
The Death and Resurrection of a Coherent Literature Curriculum: What Secondary English Teachers Can Do
Using data from a national survey of high school English teachers she conducted in 2010, education researcher Sandra Stotsky describes an incoherent secondary literature curriculum that fails to increasingly challenge students through high school, particularly those in the “wide middle band,” the 50 to 60 percent who are not in Advanced Placement classes but work hard and will graduate. Many of these students will struggle in college and face remedial work because they are ill-prepared for higher-level reading and writing.
Food science professor Ruben Morawicki addresses the urgent challenge of worldwide food security in his comprehensive guide to the environmental impacts of food production. The book includes topics such as the supply chain, energy, water, transportation, emissions and packaging. It also covers management issues such as life-cycle assessment, efficiency and environmental claims and reporting.
In Valuing People and Technology in the Workplace, Claretha Hughes, an associate professor of human resources, proposes a framework that will allow managers to get the most out of their workers by valuing them on a level equal to their technology. During her two decades working in the corporate world, Hughes noticed that as technology and machines became a growing part of the workplace, the people who work around the machines, operate the machines and perform maintenance on the machines became undervalued.
Manasreh’s book describes new phenomena through the concepts of conventional physics. It introduces fundamental nanomaterial concepts and devices that have been developed from these concepts. The fundamental properties of semiconductors and nanomaterial systems, including quantum dots and wires and quantum structures, such as single and multiple quantum wells, are also covered.
Leo Mazow, an associate professor of art history, explores Thomas Hart Benton’s populist goals, preserving in paint the voice and sounds of the folk.
In Debatable Humor, political scientist Patrick Stewart presents the first systematic observational analysis of the humor used by political candidates. Top of Form
Poet and translator Geoffrey Brock’s collection presents the work of Italian poets in context with translations by noted poets.
A University of Arkansas law professor has created an indispensible tool for legal practitioners and students. Steve Sheppard, the William H. Enfield Professor of Law, edited The Bouvier Law Dictionary, which is based on the first major dictionary of American law.
Kathryn Sloan, associate professor of history, has published Women’s Roles in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of ABC/CLIO’s series “Women’s Roles through History.”
Dearest Letty is a collection of love letters written by Leland Duvall to his sweetheart, Letty Jones, during World War II. Duvall, who became a well-known journalist in Arkansas after the war, was a now-and-again farm worker near Moreland with a grade-school education when he received his World War II draft notice in 1942. He trained in California, where he began to write to Letty Jones, a Pottsville girl he’d had a crush on for several years. Throughout the war, Leland wrote Letty a torrent of letters, falling in love with her – and with writing.
In Greening China: The Benefits of Trade and Foreign Direct Investment, Ka Zeng and Joshua Eastin explore the influence of international economic integration on the environment in China. Their results surprised Zeng, who had not expected to see such a strong beneficial effect of trade and foreign direct investment.
Stress Physiology in Cotton, edited by University of Arkansas professor Derrick Oosterhuis, takes an in-depth look at one of the world’s most important crops. In order to keep cotton sustainable and profitable, how it reacts to stresses, diseases and changes in environmental conditions must be understood.
In Delta Empire, University of Arkansas historian Jeannie Whayne uses the history of a powerful plantation owner in the Arkansas Delta to recount the evolution of southern agriculture from the late 19th century through World War II.
Based primarily on new evidence from communist archives in France and Italy, as well as research archives in the United States, history professor Alessandro Brogi’s original study reveals how the United States was forced by political opposition within these two Western countries to reassess its anticommunist strategies, its image, and the meaning of American liberal capitalist culture and ideology.
Agricultural law is the study of the unique network of laws that apply to the production, marketing, and sale of agricultural products, including the food we eat, the natural fibers we wear, and increasingly, the bio-fuels that run our vehicles. It is the law as applied to one of the largest and most regulated industries in our economy. In recent years, agricultural law has expanded beyond its traditional scope to include issues of food safety and sustainability. Popular interest in agriculture has increased as consumers seek to know more about their food and where it comes from.
Jerry W King, professor of chemical engineering, recently published the second edition of Hydrogenation of Fats and Oils: Theory and Practice. King co-edited the book with G.R. List, and contributed a chapter to the tome entitled, “Hydrogenation Using Critical Fluids.”
“Imperial Endgame is a controversial and important book. Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon has no time for conventional pieties,” said Richard Aldous, author of “The Lion and the Unicorn” and Eugene Meyer of Bard College, New York. “It’s a bold re-telling of the decolonisation story, pulled off with great style and panache.”
Winner of the 2011 Miller Williams Poetry Prize, Danielle Cadena Deulen’s debut collection, Lovely Asunder, is filled with beautiful dangers. These poems, sharp and graceful, brutal and vulnerable, create from language a kind of chiaroscuro-both light and dark made more vivid by their juxtaposition.
The analytical power of ion mobility spectrometry-mass spectrometry (IMS-MS) instruments is poised to advance this technology from research to analytical laboratories. This book covers the tools, techniques and applications involved when molecular size and shape information is combined with the well-known analytical advantages of high-performance mass spectrometry.
Few people think about the 400 million years of evolution that took place before they could chomp on a carrot, but anthropologist Peter Ungar does, and he’s written a book about it.
In this book, history professor Lynda L. Coon reconstructs the gender ideology of monastic masculinity through an investigation of early medieval readings of the body.
In Unhealthy Cities, Fitzpatrick and co-author Mark LaGory of the University of Alabama at Birmingham drew from the social sciences and public health fields to examine the role that place and policy play in the health of Americans.
In urban areas, a single zip code digit can make a big difference in life expectancy. More than 9 million people live in more than 3,000 high-poverty neighborhoods in the United States.
Remembrances in Black: Personal Perspectives of the African American Experience at the University of Arkansas 1940s–2000s
With the admittance in 1948 of Silas Hunt to the University of Arkansas Law School, the university became the first southern public institution of higher education to officially desegregate without being required to do so by court order. The process was difficult, but an important first step had been taken. Other students followed in Silas Hunt’s footsteps. Remembrances in Black is an oral history that gathers the personal stories of African American faculty, staff and students at the state’s flagship institution.
In this book, historyprofessor Richard Sonn argues that by the end of World War I, the conflict between anarchism and the state had been eclipsed by the competing forces of liberalism, fascism and communism.
Special education professor Kathleen Collins has co-edited a book that offers guidance to researchers about the application of both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of stress and coping.
Fungi fuel hungry humans, cure infections and have changed the course of history, says a biology professor in his new book on this little examined kingdom.
In her book, sociologist Mindy Bradley-Engen reveals how the organization of an exotic dance establishment affects how the women who work there perceive their jobs.
Interdisciplinary research by three professors — Korydon Smith, Jennifer Webb and Brent Williams — reveals social disparities in housing that will become increasingly evident as the first wave of baby-boomers enters retirement. The professors redefine conventional concepts of aging, disability and housing and offer ideas that could lead to change.
The Un-Natural State is a one-of-a-kind study of gay and lesbian life in Arkansas in the 20th century. Thompson analyzes the meaning of rural drag shows, including a description of a 1930s seasonal beauty pageant in Wilson, Ark., where white men in drag shared the stage with other white men in blackface, a mingling that went to the core of both racial transgression and sexual disobedience. These small town entertainments put on in churches and schools emerged decades later in gay bars across the state as a business practice and a means of community expression, while in the same period the state’s sodomy law was rewritten to condemn sexual acts between those of the same sex in language similar to that used to denounce interracial sex.
This collection of 20 stories delves into the lives of Egyptian characters, from those living in Egypt to those who have immigrated to the United States. We meet people who are tempted by the possibilities of America and others who are tempted by the desire to return home. Some are re-creating themselves in the new world, while others seem embedded in the loss of their homeland. Many of these characters, whether physically located in the United States or Egypt, have lives that embrace both cultures.
Scientists hope to provide people who have diabetes with a glucose monitoring system that doesn’t require needle sticks and lasts for six months or more, but they are still a long way from this goal. A new book edited by Julie Stenken, Twenty-First Century Chair in Proteomics, and David D. Cunningham of Abbott Laboratories brings together current research and outlines the challenges that remain on the path to creating a better glucose monitor.
As recent stories in the news have shown, maintaining the integrity of the food supply is of critical importance to the consumer. Thousands of Americans die each year from food-borne illnesses, and millions more get sick.
College Student-Athletes examines a little-studied subpopulation of college students, student-athletes. Education professors Kissinger and Miller have assembled an eclectic group of scholars to explore the personal, academic and policy issues facing student-athletes.
In her poetry Terese Svoboda walks out to the edge where language is made and destroyed. Her subject is human suffering. Her work is often the surreal poetry of a nightmare yet is written with such wit, verve, and passion that she can address the direst subjects.
Perception and Basic Beliefs: Zombies, Modules and the Problem of the External World, by Jack C. Lyons, associate professor of philosophy, has been published by Oxford University Press.
A new anthology considers colonial history from multiple perspectives. In addition to English-speaking explorers, settlers, revolutionaries and lawmakers, editors Kathleen DuVal and John DuVal give voice to those who spoke and wrote in French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Russian and Icelandic.
A new book by historian Kathryn A. Sloan examines a pivotal era in the history of Mexico. She mined 19th century court records to reveal both the role that the working class played in liberalizing social codes of conduct and honor, and the state’s expanded role in family life.
Don’t Leave Hungry is a collection of 183 poems dating from 1958 to current-day publications of the Southern Poetry Review in Savannah, Ga.
Jim Crow America is a chronologically organized book that provides history from primary source materials from 1828 to 1980.
The Black Panther Party existed from 1966 to 1982, but in that relatively short existence, the party gained national prominence and international stature.
In his latest book, historian Elliott West offers a revealing analysis of a time in which the American nation was transformed.
Anthropologist Kirstin C. Erickson examines the ways in which Yaqui women’s social and sacred use of the home space is “integral to Yaquiness,” the sense of ethnic identity and connection with the past.
In this volume of poetry, creative writing professor Michael Heffernan often mixes the lofty and the wacky. The resulting “mildly irreverent” poems arise from the sometimes-sad circumstances of life.
In The Body Soviet, history professor Tricia Starks argues that hygienic thought and health institutions were central to the creation of the new state and its citizens. She places these in international context demonstrating the most pervasive application of early health initiatives in the world.
Europeans in the 19th century did not believe that Timbuctoo — the fabled city of wealth and learning on the Niger in Mali — could exist. But in 1815, an African American sailor named Robert Adams told powerful leaders in London a fantastic tale of crossing the Sahara as a slave and of his time in Timbuktu.
This book by longtime Arkansas writer Grif Stockley describes the ways that race has been at the center of much of the state’s formation and image since its founding.
During the Little Rock School crisis, the governor of the state closed the public schools for a year. Although much has been written about the crisis itself, little has been published on the lost year when the schools were closed to students, both black and white. Finding the Lost Year is the first book to examine how a desegregation crisis turned into a community crisis. In Little Rock in 1958, 3,665 students were locked out of a free public education. Teachers’ lives were disrupted. Students were scattered to schools outside the city, some left the state, some joined the military and ot hers took correspondence courses. But fully half the black students went without schooling that year.
From its legendary beginning when a printing press was floated up the Arkansas River in 1819, the Arkansas Gazette has been inextricably linked with the state’s history, reporting on every major Arkansas event until the paper’s demise in 1991 after a long, bitter and very public newspaper war. Roy Reed, longtime Gazette reporter and professor emeritus of journalism, has compiled and edited more than 100 interviews from former Gazette staff members recalling the stories they reported on and the people they worked with from the 1940s to the paper’s end. The result is a nostalgic and admiring look back at a publication known for its progressive stance in a conservative Southern state, a newspaper that, after winning two Pulitzers for its rule-of-law stance during the Little Rock Central High Crisis, was considered one of the country’s greatest.
This biography of a free woman of color who lived in Savannah, Ga., before the Civil War provides a portrait of the antebellum South and tells the story of a remarkable woman.
Those who remember the film Stalag 17b and the television show Hogan’s Heroes won’t want to miss the journals of Claudio “Steve” Carano, who spent 18 months imprisoned in the camp after his B-17 bomber was shot down over the Dutch coast in December of 1943.
Ellen Gilchrist’s most recent novel follows three women from the Hand family, the Southern dynasty that has appeared in many of her previous works, as they live through and respond to 9/11 and the war in Iraq.
Humans have used symmetrical patterns for thousands of years in both functional and decorative ways. Now, a new book by three mathematicians offers both math experts and enthusiasts a new way to understand symmetry and a fresh way to see the world.
This collection of poetry by Davis McCombs uses the language and terrain of the burley tobacco country of south-central Kentucky to reveal the complexities of a fading way of life. It received the 2005 Dorset Prize for poetry.
Recently, Harvard University instituted a controversial new policy that prohibited men from visiting one of its on-campus gyms during certain hours to accommodate women
Now You’re the Enemy: Poems by James Allen Hall, is a debut collection of poems that focuses on the structure of feeling and family figures. The featured poems center on a family in the aftermath of violence.
The world view of four Arab sects in 8th and 9th century Iraq and Iran is powerful centuries later, influencing revolutionary Shiites and their religious leaders in today’s volatile Middle East.
A case study of the world’s largest open-pit coal mine reveals the hidden costs of coal from Colombia — the effects on indigenous and Afro-Colombian villages.
This anthology gathers together poems from the most important Arab American poets — poems that shape and alter people’s understanding of this experience. The poems also challenge readers to reconsider what it means to be an American. The book provides readers with an astonishing array of poetic sensibilities, touching on every aspect of the human condition. Whether about culture, politics, loss, art or language itself, the poems here engage these themes with originality, dignity and an unyielding need not only to speak, but also to be heard.
Between 1874 and 1890, Texas Democrats known as Redeemers dismantled Reconstruction reforms, adopted a fundamentally revised state constitution and steered Texas in a new direction. This book by historian Patrick G. Williams establishes that their constitution and policies affected the development of the state all the way to present times.
The true tales in this collection will take readers from the chicken houses of Arkansas to the caves of Venezuela and Mexico to the coast of Alaska. These 15 adventures range from amusing to life-threatening. Some are filled with suspense and danger in exotic places, while others document more routine but important biological field and laboratory work.
Melody Moezzi, herself an American Muslim of Iranian descent, tells the story of 12 young people with vastly different lives who have two things in common: all are American, and all are Muslim.
A new biography of Egypt’s first elected president, Gamal Abd al-Nasser, presents his complex legacy, shaped as his country moved from colonial domination to a place of leadership in the Arab world.
Breaking Through is the first biography of John B. McLendon, the last living protégé of basketball’s inventor and a pioneer in the integration of the sport.
In anthropologist Justin Nolan’s book Wild Harvest in the Heartland: Ethnobotany in Missouri’s Little Dixie, he examines people, plants and their interrelationships in a cultural region of central Missouri. His study has implications far beyond Little Dixie.
Psychologists Timothy A. Cavell and Kenya T. Malcolm have revisited the age-old question of the role of anger in human relationships with a 21st century eye. Offering a “state-of-the-science” analysis of what is known about the relation between anger and aggression, their book aims to enhance the efforts of clinical practitioners and points the way to further research.
It’s a refrain that can make a parent quake – a teenager’s voice saying, “Mom, Dad, can I borrow $500?” But communication professor Myria Allen and Virginia Tech professor Celia Ray Hayhoe want to make this conversation and other discussions of money easier for teenagers and parents alike.
Up Against the Wall chronicles how violence brought about the founding of the Black Panther Party in 1966 by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, dominated its policies and brought about the party’s destruction.
In M’Culloch v. Maryland: Securing a Nation law professor Mark Killenbeck explains why the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in the landmark 1819 case defined the nature and scope of federal authority and its relationship to the states.
Advanced Electronic Packaging has helped thousands of students and practicing engineers understand the complex task of connecting integrated circuits and other electronic components to make virtually every electronic device, including cell phones, video games, computers and military- and medical-imaging equipment.
Dramatically compelling and historically informed, The Death of a Confederate Colonel takes us into the lives of those left behind during the Civil War. These stories, all with Arkansas settings, are filled with the trauma of the time. They tell of a Confederate woman’s care of and growing affection for a wounded Union soldier, a plantation mistress’s singular love for a sick slave child, and an eight-year-old girl’s fight for survival against frigid cold, injury, starvation, heartbreak and lawlessness.
In Investigating Evolutionary Biology in the Laboratory, William F. McComas writes that evolution is “the most important, most misunderstood, and most maligned concept in the syllabus – if it even appears in the syllabus.”
In her first novel, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, Mohja Kahf, associate professor of English, immerses readers in the world of Khadra Shamy, who grows up in a devout Muslim family in Indiana.
In the first biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson to come out since the release of his presidential tapes, Randall B. Woods, the John A. Cooper Distinguished Professor of History, argues that the same idealism that drove the Civil Rights Movement and the Great Society also drove the war in Vietnam. Woods portrays LBJ as a complex man whose passionate commitment to advancing civil rights and alleviating poverty seemed in contradiction to his leadership in the Vietnam War. Woods conducted in-depth interviews with many who had worked closely with Johnson, including his long-time secretary and dozens of his aides, and studied newly released White House recordings and declassified documents.
William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) is one of the nation’s great Southern writers. His work includes short stories, novels, poetry and historical pieces. The publication of Martin Faber was the beginning of Simms’ journey to become "the best novelist which this country has, on the whole, produced," to quote Edgar Allan Poe.
For parents and students who are making a significant investment in time and tuition, the Professors’ Guide to Getting Good Grades in College can be a valuable insurance policy. The book is designed to clue new college students into how the system works and how to get the most out of classes.
By educating a people who, due to the complicated U.S.-Iran relationship, have misjudged the Iranian woman as complacently veiled in her role in society, this book proves the basic and universal human need for acceptance, expression, and love. In a world where the West and Middle East seem constantly in conflict, Let Me, Tell You Where I’ve Been tips the scales towards acceptance and connects two disparate cultures.
Christopher Bursk’s The First Inhabitants of Arcadia is a fascinating collection that investigates the magic of the alphabet and language. Herman Melville, Dusty Rhodes, and Hoyt Wilhelm skinny-dip and pick up gondoliers and cut figure eights into the ice in this collection. Here too are poems about a boy’s first investigations into the nature of language as he studies the backs of baseball cards, and a young man’s infatuation with the "F-word." The titles sing their lettered songs: "An Ode to j," "M-m-m Good!" and "O in Trouble." And over the whole book broods the great lexicographer, Samuel Johnson, that deeply troubled caretaker of the mother tongue. More than an ABC book, this collection asks questions at the very heart of how we understand the world and shows us the glory and silliness at the heart of human life.
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Two researchers have edited a book describing ways to identify bacteria using mass spectrometry, a technique that may one day lead to early detection of biological terrorism threats.
Parents of children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder can turn to a new guidebook to help them explore additional and alternative treatments as well as traditional medication and behavioral therapy. The treatments examined range from EEG neurofeedback to aromatherapy.
Divided Power, the third volume in the Fulbright Institute Series on International Affairs, focuses on the relationship between the executive and legislative branches of government in the formation of U.S. foreign policy.
Missouri native Sam Hildebrand, one of the state’s most notorious guerrillas during the Civil War, survived the conflict and, although illiterate, had his story taken down and published. The UA Press has brought that story back to modern-day audiences with a new edition featuring notes by Kirby Ross, a journalist, author and historian.
Shih-shan Henry Tsai’s seventh book provides a chronicle of a leader’s life, and a description of the evolution of a country of key interest to the global economy.
The collection of short stories by creative writing professor Donald Hays begins with a character in “The Rites of Love” observing that “Wasn’t for dying, wouldn’t be no living at all.” Throughout, the people he creates contend with lives gone awry and live with “the sweetness of regret.”
In 2002, artist Pat Musick, her husband Jerry Carr and historian Bill Woodiel began a journey to commemorate a portion of the Trail of Tears, the forced migration path that the Cherokee and other American Indian tribes walked, leaving their homelands for the unknown.
John DuVal, director of the literary translation program, and Raymond Eichmann, professor of French at the University of Arkansas, have teamed up to produce a collection of seven important 12th and 14th century dramatic masterpieces from different genres. These plays represent some of the few manuscripts of dramatic presentation that have remained preserved since Medieval times.
Tourists seeking the healing baths in Hot Springs, Ark. have often sought other entertainment as well -- much of it illegal, from gambling to prostitution and liquor. Fascinated by the evolution of this colorful city, University of Arkansas journalism professor Dale Carpenter produced “City of Visitors,” a documentary that follows the political history of Hot Springs as well as the difficult choices the townspeople make as they struggle to reconcile moral issues with the increasing wealth such entertainment produces.
University of Arkansas history professor Beth Barton Schweiger and Donald G. Mathews of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have edited a book on religion in the American South from the beginning of the 18th century to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. “Religion in the American South: Protestants and Others in History and Culture” incorporates essays from young scholars with different perspectives on religious experiences.
Three noted poets – Deborah Brown, Annie Finch and Maxine Kumin -- have joined forces to compile a body of work that reflects the views of poets on poetry. The 102 selections span eras, ethnicities and esthetics, reaching back in time to the Greeks and Romans and drawing on Chaucer, Shakespeare, Sidney and Milton, then on to Shelley, Keats Coleridge and Poe, then Hopkins, Yeats, Eliot, Rilke and Pound, concluding with contemporary poets such as Hall, Clifton, Mackey, Kunitz and Rukeyser.
In Teaching About Genocide, education professor Samuel Totten has selected essays from noted scholars internationally to address a range of issues in genocide education. For example, an early essay outlines a broad historical overview, while later essays present specific case histories of major genocides and offer instructional strategies for teaching about genocide.
Watching television or waiting in rush-hour traffic is unproductive, and contributes to the decline in social capital in communities across the United States, says sociologist William Schwab.
From the identity of the lizard on your backyard fence post to the distribution of venomous snakes in the state, “The Reptiles and Amphibians of Arkansas” offers a comprehensive guide to a fascinating group of creatures and their habitats.
English professor Sandra Sherman serves up tastes of the past and reveals 18th century British sentiment toward the French in her most recent book.
For many professionals, speeches inspire quaking anxiety and uncertainty. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Robert V. Smith has written a book to help those who find themselves stymied at the idea of speaking in front of groups to prepare insightful speeches full of information that will leave the audience engaged and intrigued.
Ancient Greeks, Romans, Japanese and Egyptians collected rocks that fell from the sky, using them for trade or to adorn tombs. Cosmochemist Derek Sears examines the origin of meteorites and their role in the formation of our solar system in “The Origin of Chondrules and Chondrites.”
A book by political science professor Ka Zeng examines domestic trade politics and how they determine responses to the threat of trade sanctions. “Trade Threats, Trade Wars” explores the driving forces behind trade disputes, the reasons U.S. coercive trade diplomacy has been more successful in opening markets in some of its trading partners rather than others, and the reasons trade wars more often take place between two democratic trading partners rather than between a democratic partner and an authoritarian one.
SmarterArchitecture: Energy-Efficient Communities, Building Designs, Construction Techniques and Materials in Arkansas
Our grandparents knew what architects are rediscovering: solidly constructed, thoughtfully sited buildings and compact, walkable cities save energy. “SmarterArchitecture” demonstrates how Arkansas architects, landscape architects and urban planners have combined old-time common sense with new technologies to develop energy-efficient buildings and communities across the state. The first book to showcase sustainable design in Arkansas presents 23 case studies that range from invisible upgrades, such as the comprehensive plan to monitor and control energy use on the University of Arkansas campus, to high-profile projects such as the Clinton Presidential Library and Heifer International’s corporate headquarters, both in Little Rock. A separate section highlights community projects carried out by the UA Community Design Center and demonstrates the impact of thoughtful urban planning in creating communities where energy efficiency occurs naturally.
In “Improving Faculty Governance” Michael T. Miller, associate professor of higher education in the College of Education and Health Professions, asks the question, “Can faculty governance survive and thrive in this new world of corporate-structured higher education?”
For the first time ever, judges, legal scholars, attorneys, historians and students of all sorts can read an anthologized version of the works of the founder of the common law system that paved the way for the U.S. Constitution.
He was a music hall comic, a famous but lonely tramp, an artist who mocked Hitler and a suspected communist. Controversy and acclaim followed the life and art of Charlie Chaplin, the subject of a new series of books edited by professor of communication Frank Scheide.
In his most recent novel, art professor Donald Harington creates a world from the perspective of a missing child, telling the sometimes harrowing, sometimes inspiring tale of the decade she spent growing up on a mountain with only animals and a spirit to keep her company.
Why was marriage against the law? In the tumultuous decades after the Civil War, as the Southern white elite reclaimed power, "racial mixing" was the central concern of segregationists who strove to maintain "racial purity." Segregation was based on the idea that interracial sex posed a biological threat to the white race.
In the newly published "Women Writers of the Journal Jugend from 1919-1940," assistant professor Kathleen Condray, ex-amines the themes found in women’s narratives during the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich and the images female writers created for their fellow women.
The psychologists in this volume want to make you an offer you can’t refuse. And as their research in persuasive tactics progresses, they may one day know exactly how to do it.
In "Glass Walls and Glass Ceilings," political science professors Margaret Reid, Brinck Kerr and Will Miller examine the distribution of women and men in state and municipal administrative and professional positions by agency and over time to assess two factors. First, whether agency policy missions are associated with barriers; and second, whether, relative to white women, African-American women and Latinas have claimed more managerial positions in public-sector agencies.
Best-selling author and visiting professor E. Lynn Harris has published eight novels, won numerous literary awards and been named among the "100 Leaders and Heroes in Black America" by Savoy magazine.
Few Americans stop to consider that the sweet fruit they slice on their cereal each morning may be a product of bitter conflict. "Banana Wars," co-edited by anthropology professor Steve Striffler and Mark Moberg of the University of South Alabama, examines the history of the banana industry and how America’s taste for this appealing fruit fueled social strife, peasant uprisings and imperialist production tactics in Central and South America.
Psychology professor Jeffrey Lohr has dedicated much of his research to distinguishing between psychological therapies backed by empirical evidence and those based merely on speculation.
Acclaimed poet and English professor Miller Williams’ first book of fiction consists of seven short stories and a capstone novella, linked, by a single protagonist, into the sequences of a life.
Already nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, English Professor Ellen Gilchrist’s latest collection of stories revisits some of her best-loved characters and introduces new faces as well. The collection begins with several stories told by Rhoda Manning – a series of perspectives from various ages as she reflects on her father, his shaping of her life. The collection then progresses through the stories of other characters to reveal the influence of family, friends, even enemies.
Written and directed by Emmy-award winners Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter, associate professors of journalism, with original music composed by professor James Greeson, “The Forgotten Expedition” resurrects the story of two nearly-forgotten adventurers: William Dunbar and George Hunter.
For centuries, Arabic literature employed traditional, unchanging, highly structured language and forms. Then in the 1960s and 1970s, writers rebelled to write in a variety of vernaculars. But today’s young Egyptian poets are inventing new ways of writing.
“A Photographer of Note: Arkansas Artist Geleve Grice” chronicles the life of a remarkable photographer and small-town African-American life in the middle of the 20th century. Geleve Grice, born and raised in Pine Bluff, has documented the daily life of his community: parades, graduations, weddings, club events and whatever else brought people together. Through his lens unfolds the story of an African-American community and the daily patterns of segregated Pine Bluff. Grice also captured the excitement of greeting extraordinary visitors to town – Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary McLeod Bethune, Harry S. Truman and others.
A new book edited by biology professor William Etges takes the mating game to the genetic level.
“Everyone knows the master narrative of the war: the manly experience on the front, the struggle to survive and the disillusionment after seeing friends killed. The soldier’s narrative gets privilege. It always has,” said Debra Cohen, assistant professor of English.
A new textbook on the Civil War offers fresh perspective on this much-studied conflict, including the proposition that it could have – and probably should have – been avoided.
Through storytelling, music and literature have always shared a common bond and upheld a conversation–exchanging characters, borrowing themes, stealing lines. But in a new book about the intersection between music and fiction, associate professor of English Yemisi Jimoh examines a more subtle dialogue.
Arkansas is known for politicians who break the rules. But the latest novel from art professor Donald Harington features characters determined to break the rules of politics and the very rules of fiction.
The exchange of new goods, cultural ideas and diseases that accompanied first contact between Native Americans and Europeans has long been blamed for the profound, often devastating changes that swept through North America. However, a new book co-edited by archeologist Robert Mainfort suggests that changes may have been afoot before the first explorers even stepped off their boats.
Recently translated into Arabic and heralded by American and Arab reviewers alike, Najib Ghadbian’s latest book investigates the halting progress of democracy in the Middle East and questions its promise for future advancement in the region.
Restricting the types of food you eat may not be the healthiest approach to controlling your diet, suggests a new book co-edited by associate professor of anthropology Peter Ungar. In fact, such a strategy may be dangerous for your overall health.
Published as part of the department’s centennial celebration, "Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas" gives readers a look at the way we were through narratives, photographs and biographical sketches. Organized chronologically, it traces the department from its beginning as an idea by chemistry professor A.M. Muckenfuss, through to the present.
Rather than acknowledge the Confederacy’s defeat, many diehard rebels fled the South forever, preferring exile to Yankee rule. Some made their way to Mexico, where they joined forces with warring monarchist and Juarista factions. First published in 1872, Shelby’s Expedition to Mexico is the tale of Confederate general Joseph O. Shelby and his Fourth Missouri Cavalry Brigade. Better known as the "Iron Brigade," the unit saw extensive action in the Trans-Mississippi theater, notably in the battles of Camden and Jenkins’ Ferry in Arkansas. Refusing to accept Lee’s surrender, Shelby and his men fought their way across 1,500 miles of hostile territory, eventually reaching Mexico City. During their picaresque journey, they encountered an astonishing variety of colorful and dangerous characters–outlaws, Indians and Mexican partisans.
World War II gave the United States an unprecedented opportunity to reshape the world according to American interests. During the war, the State Depart-ment assumed the primary responsibility for planning this new political and economic framework.
In examining issues of poverty and welfare in 18th century England, associate professor of literature Sandra Sherman seems to have wandered into the realm of sociologists, historians, statisticians. But her disquisition began with a literary question: Why did the novels of this period uniformly omit representations of the poor as individual, sympathetic characters–particularly when the 19th century produced such moving portraits of poverty as Gaskell’s "Mary Barton" and Dickens’ "Hard Times"?
Stress in the workplace is a major source of cost for employers and employees alike, resulting in missed work, reduced productivity and increased medical costs, as well as decreased well being for employees. University of Arkansas management professor Dan Ganster and co-editor Pamela Perrewe of Florida State University invited seven of the top researchers in the field to each write a chapter reviewing current research in a specific area of occupational stress and well being.
Four scholars track the tensions, negotiations and interactions among the different groups of people who have called Arkansas home. Anthropology professor George Sabo III discusses Native American pre-history and the shocks of climate change and European arrival. Morris S. Arnold, United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit, examines the accommodations worked out between French and Spanish colonists and native communities and the roles of minority groups and women in developing law, government and religion; producing goods; and market economies.
How do the communities, families and cultures that people grow up in determine their actions and values? How do ethnic and economic classes affect their interactions with society at large? The field of social work endeavors to promote human well-being through the alleviation of poverty and oppression. But to effectively serve people, social workers must first understand the interconnections between people’s behaviors and the social context in which they live.
Since its heyday in the 1950s, science fiction has captured the American imagination by transporting readers to distant galaxies and far-flung futures. But a University of Arkansas researcher claims the themes of sci-fi books and movies are far from otherworldly. In fact, they offer profound commentary on the political, social and economic climate of this country.
A new book from sociologist Lori Holyfield makes the point that "in American culture it is not so important that we all be equal so much as it is that we all have equal opportunities."
The first contact between Native Americans and Europeans amounted to far more than a date in a history book or a dotted line across a map. It was a collision of cultures unlike any the world has witnessed since.
In the Shadows of State and Capital: The United Fruit Company, Popular Struggle, & Agrarian Restructuring in Ecuador, 1900-1995
It’s a David and Goliath story: how Ecuadorian peasants–some of the poorest, most powerless people in the world–took on a multinational corporate giant. In the process, they changed the nature of agrarian economics throughout Latin America–first by gaining control of production and industry, then gradually by losing it.
Quakerism is a religious sect renowned for its commitment to nonviolence. But in a new book, history professor Thomas Kennedy indicates that the commitment was not always as strong as it is today. In fact, it would take a handful of young men and a world war to make pacifism a central tenet of the religion.
From the flatlands of the delta and the Arkansas River Valley to the Ouachita Mountains and the Ozark plateau, Arkansas is filled with geographic variation and inspirational vistas. A new collection edited by English professor John Caldwell Guilds proves that Arkansas’ literary landscape is equally varied and just as inspiring.