Dr. Bert Ashe, Associate Professor of English, is the author of a new book, Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles, published recently by Agate Press. Twisted explores issues of black male identity, black vernacular culture, and black hair by narrating the journey of locking his hair while also exploring the history and cultural resonances of the dreadlock hairstyle in America.
Dr. Melissa Ooten, Associate Director for the WILL Program, is the author of a new book, Race, Gender, and Film Censorship in Virginia, 1922-1965, published recently by Lexington Books. This book chronicles the history of movie censorship in Virginia from the 1920s to 1960s and analyzes the project of state film censorship in Virginia.
Dr. Jennifer Bowie, Assistant Professor of Political Science, is the co-author of a new book, The View from the Bench and Chambers: Examining Judicial Process and Decision Making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals, published recently by the University of Virginia Press. This book presents a series of quantitative analyses of judicial decisions in the Courts of Appeals with the perspectives gained from in-depth interviews with the judges and their law clerks.
Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions and Kenta Murakami (’15, art history major), a student curatorial assistant for the University of Richmond Museums discuss the art exhibition, Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape. The exhibition features 24 contemporary, international artists, artists’ collectives and game developers who examine, challenge, and re-define the concept of landscape while simultaneously drawing attention to humanity’s hubristic attempts to relate to, preserve, and manage the natural environment. Anti-Grand includes 33 works of art, with video, installation, video games, and traditional two- and three-dimensional work.
Dr. Miriam McCormick, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law discusses her new book, Believing Against the Evidence: Agency and the Ethics of Belief published recently by Routledge. In this book, Dr. McCormick argues that the standards used to evaluate beliefs are not isolated from other evaluative domains. The ultimate criteria for assessing beliefs are the same as those for assessing action because beliefs and actions are both products of agency.
Kristin Bezio, Assistant Professor Of Leadership Studies discusses “Friends & Rivals: Loyalty, Ethics, and Leadership in Dragon Age II,” a chapter in the 2014 book, Identity and Leadership in Virtual Communities: Establishing Credibility and Influence. Dr. Bezio’s teaching and research focuses on the ways in which literature, drama, film, and video games have influenced society and the way people think about issues of leadership and followership. Her chapter explores how video game players can influence their understanding of ethics in terms of human emotion and interaction.
Dr. Thomas Bonfiglio, Professor of Literature and Linguistics in the Department of Modern Literatures and Cultures discusses his new book, Why is English Literature? Language and Letters for the Twenty-First Century, published recently by Palgrave. Dr. Bonfiglio examines why English colonized literature after World War II and non-English literatures became configured as “foreign language .”
Amy Howard, executive director of the Bonner Center for
Civic Engagement and associated faculty in American studies, discusses her new book, More Than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing, published recently by the University of Minnesota Press. Her research and book looks closely at three public housing projects in San Francisco and brings to light the dramatic measures tenants have taken to create communities that mattered to them.
David Kitchen, Associate Dean of Strategic Planning
and Summer Programs in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies discusses his new book, Global Climate Change : Turning Knowledge into Action, published recently by Prentice-Hall. Taking a cross-disciplinary approach, Dr. Kitchen examines not only the physical science, but the social, economic, political, energy, and environmental issues surrounding climate change. His goal is to turn knowledge into action, equipping students with the knowledge and critical skills to make informed decisions, and participate in the public debate.
Dr. Elizabeth Baughan, Associate Professor of Classics and Archaeology, discusses her new book, Couched in Death: Klinai and Identity in Anatolia and Beyond, published recently by the University of Wisconsin Press. In this book, Dr. Baughan offers the first comprehensive look at the earliest funeral couches in the ancient Mediterranean world. Bringing a diverse body of understudied and unpublished material together for the first time, she investigates the origins and cultural significance of burials on couches and charts their development and distribution throughout Anatolia.