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Archive for October, 2009

Nothing But a Smile: A Novel

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 8th, 2009

Steve Amick, MFA Creative Writing ’91 Pantheon, 2009 Set in pre- and post-World War II Chicago, this love story begins with Wink Dutton, a soldier and photographer recently discharged because of an injury to his hand. As Dutton desperately seeks to make ends meet, he discovers his neighbor Sal Chesterton pays the bills by producing…

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Buzz Bradley and the Invisible Fort

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 8th, 2009

Jeff Howe, BS Biology ’83 Llumina Press, 2008 Buzz Bradley and the Invisible Fort is a children’s book about school bully Stinky Gallagher and protagonist Buzz Bradley. After Stinky destroys Buzz’s fort, Buzz spends the summer determined to outsmart Stinky. With his vivid imagination, Buzz builds an imaginary fort and in the process has to…

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Words Gone Wild

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 8th, 2009

Saadia Ali Aschemann, BA Government and Politics ’93 FireFly Publishing, 2008 In her second volume of poems, Aschemann uses haikus and sonnets to show her observations and interpretations. She won Best Poet in 2007 Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll and was a featured poet in a short story collection called Blogger’s Delight: Stories of Love…

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Claudia Verhoeven, Assistant Professor, History and Art History In The Odd Man Karakozov (Cornell University Press, March 2009), Verhoeven argues that Karakozov’s failed assassination attempt on Alexander II sheds light on the origins of terrorism. By looking at the history that produced Karakozov and, in turn, the history that Karakozov produced, Verhoeven shows terrorism as…

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The Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Effective Differentiated Instruction

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 8th, 2009

Tom Scruggs and Margo Mastropieri, University Professors, College of Education and Human Development In its fourth edition, The Inclusive Classroom (Prentice Hall, February 2009) offers practical and proven strategies for successfully including students with disabilities in general education classrooms. The text provides targeted strategies for the subject and skill areas, as well as special needs…

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Learning Communities in Practice

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 8th, 2009

Anastasia P. Samaras, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development, with Anne R. Freese, Clare Kosnik, and Clive Beck Learning Communities in Practice (Springer, November 2008) contains contributions by educators who share their research and practice in designing and implementing learning communities in school, university, and professional network settings. Combining scholarly and practitioner research,…

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Peter N. Stearns, Provost Educating Global Citizens in Colleges and Universities (Routledge, December 2008) addresses how American universities provide international education from historical, administrative, and critical viewpoints. Stearns provides insight and guidance on the principles of global education and covers concerns, problems, and suggestions for improvements that will strengthen the future of education for global…

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The Cultural Turn in U.S. History: Past, Present, and Future

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 8th, 2009

Mike O’Malley, Associate Professor, History and Art History with James W. Cook and Lawrence B. Glickman The first of three volumes, The Cultural Turn in U.S. History: Past, Present, and Future (University of Chicago Press, February 2009) discusses the genealogy of American cultural history by looking at its origins, adjacent fields, debates, and effects on…

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Al Fuertes, Assistant, Professor, New Century College Community-Based Warviews, Resiliency and Healing (VDM Verlag, October 2008) shows how internationally displaced persons deal with the phenomenological realities of trauma and violence. Fuertes believes that despite the socio-economic, political, and psychological hardships they face, these populations are able to heal and rebuild through self-awareness and international community…

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Considering Transcendence: Elements of a Philosophical Theology

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 8th, 2009

Martin J. De Nys, Associate Professor, Philosophy In Considering Transcendence: Elements of a Philosophical Theology (Indiana University Press, January 2009), De Nys uses a philosophical approach to religion to show the importance of diversity and knowledge within religious practices and how acquiring truth, knowledge, and discourse can help one achieve a higher understanding of the…

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