Dr. Edward L. Ayers, University Professor and President Emeritus at the University of Richmond, discusses his new book, The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America, published recently by W.W. Norton. The book conveys the final years of the Civil War in the Great Valley between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains by focusing on average, resilient people trying to survive the devastation around them.
Dr. Laura Knouse, Associate Professor of Psychology, discusses her recent article, “Meta-Analysis of Cognitive-Behaviorial Treatments for Adult ADHD,” in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association. The publication focuses on analyzing studies and data of cognitive-based treatments for adult ADHD. Dr. Knouse is a clinical psychologist whose research and clinical expertise focus on the nature, assessment, and treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in adults.
Dr. Julian Hayter, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, discusses The Dream Is Lost: Voting Rights and the Politics of Race in Richmond, Virginia, published recently by the University Press of Kentucky. The book describes more than three decades of national and local racial politics in Richmond and illuminates the unintended consequences of civil rights legislation.
Professor Shahan Mufti, Assistant Professor of Journalism, is the author of The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War, published in 2013 by Other Press. “The Faithful Scribe” is deeply relevant to the world and our campus today and the book has been chosen as the 2017-2018 “One Book” for the university campus. Faculty, staff and students are currently reading the book and the One Book Committee will host discussions and programs throughout the 2017-2018 academic year to explore issues and themes within the book.
Dr. Aleksandra Sznajder Lee, Associate Professor of Political Science, discusses her new book, Transnational Capitalism in East Central Europe’s Heavy Industry, published recently by the University of Michigan Press. Focusing on the steel industry during the post-communist transition from 1989 through 2009, Dr. Sznajder Lee traces the transformation of flagship state enterprises in the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia into the subsidiaries of large, international corporations.
Dr. Kasongo Kapanga, Professor of French, discusses his new book, The Writing of the Nation: Expressing Identity through Congolese Literary Texts and Films, published recently by the Africa World Press. The book is the study of literary texts and films seen as the manifestations of the Congolese consciousness and a response to the colonial discourse of denial, deletion and co-optation.
Dr. Daryl Cumber Dance, Professor of English Emerita, discusses her new book, In Search of Annie Drew: Jamaica Kincaid’s Mother and Muse, published recently by the University of Virginia Press. In this provocative new book, Daryl Dance argues that everything Jamaica Kincaid has written, regardless of its apparent theme, actually relates to Kincaid’s efforts to free herself from her mother, whether her subject is ostensibly other family members, her home nation, a precolonial world, or even Kincaid herself.
Dr. Christopher von Rueden, an anthropologist and Assistant Professor in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, discusses a recent article entitled, “Men’s status and reproductive success in 33 non-industrial societies: Effects of subsistence, marriage system, and reproductive strategy,” which he co-authored with Dr. Adrian Jaeggi, an anthropologist at Emory University. Their findings were recently published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Yvonne Howell, Professor of Russian and International Studies, discusses her edited collection, Red Star Tales : A Century of Russian and Soviet Science Fiction, published recently by Russian Life Books. Red Star Tales brings together 18 Russian science fiction works, translated into English for the first time, spanning from path-breaking, pre-revolutionary works of the 1890s, through the difficult Stalinist era, to post-Soviet stories published in the 1980s and 1990s.
Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud, Professor of Rhetoric and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, discusses her new book, Rhetoric and the Gift: Ancient Rhetorical Theory and Contemporary Communication, published recently by Duquesne University Press. Rhetoric and the Gift, taking as its starting point the Homeric idea of the gift and Aristotle’s related rhetorical theory, explores rhetoric not only at the level of the artful response but at the level of the call and response. Throughout the book, Dr. Mifsud pursues a number of questions crucial to thinking about contemporary communication.