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The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention
By David W. Orr
Oxford University Press, 2002

Orr combines theory, practicality, and action in the discussion of starting an ecological design revolution that will change how we provide food, shelter, energy, materials, and livelihood and how we deal with waste. Ecological design is an emerging field with an aim to recalibrate what humans do in the world with how the world works as a biophysical system. Design in this sense is a large concept that has as much to do with politics and ethics as with buildings and technology. The book describes the scope of design and compares it to the Enlightenment of the 18th century. Later chapters describe barriers to a design revolution and the critical role educational institutions might play in fostering design intelligence. The book ends on themes of clarity, wildness, and the rights of children. Orr is the director and professor of environmental studies at Oberlin.

Cultural and Critical Perspectives on Human Development
Edited by Martin J. Packer and
Mark B. Tappan '79
State University of New York Press, 2001

This title brings to light exciting new studies of child and adolescent development, providing insights from critical pedagogy, cultural psychology, feminism, postmodernism, critical theory, and semiotics, offering new perspectives into the experiences of children, adolescents, and adults. Tappan is associate professor and chair of the Education and Human Development Program at Colby College.

Making the Manifesto: The Birth of Religious Humanism
By William F. Schulz '71
Skinner House Books, 2002

This book tells the story of religious humanism, a movement that sought to construct a religion without God and put its faith in humanity rather than divinity. Rooted in Francis Bacon, Rene Descartes, and the teachings of the philosophers, this movement led to the signing the Humanist Manifesto of 1933. This text revives interest in this historic document, which not only broke theological ground, but also challenged the religious thinking of its day. Schulz is the executive director of Amnesty International USA and former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Stardust Melody: The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichael
By Richard M. Sudhalter '60
Oxford University Press, 2002

For millions, Hoagy Carmichael remains the enduring musical voice of heartland America, the beloved counterpoint to the urban sensibility of Cole Porter and George Gershwin. Sudhalter, a widely respected jazz trumpeter and noted critic, broadcaster, and Grammy-winning historian, has penned the first book-length biography of this American icon that explores Carmichael's career and music. Stardust Melody was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Sunstroke: Selected Stories of Ivan Bunin
Translated by Graham Hettlinger '88
Ivan R. Dee, Inc., 2002

Hettlinger's translation and introduction of these 25 short stories introduce English-speaking audiences to one of the greatest and most neglected Russian writers of the 20th century, Ivan Bunin. Regarded by his contemporaries as the gifted successor to Tolstoy and Chekhov and a master of the Russian letters, Bunin was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1933. This edition features stories that depict seduction, betrayal, and death.

Looking for Work, Searching for Workers: American Labor Markets During Industrialization
By Joshua L. Rosenbloom '81
Cambridge University Press, 2002

This text examines the imbalances of the job market produced by the American industrialization and describes how employers and job seekers responded to the pressures of supply and demand for labor across the country. Rosenbloom is professor of economics at the University of Kansas and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Around Philadelphia with Kids: 68 Great Things to do Together
By Andrea Lehman '83
Fodor's Travel Publications, 2001

From the tried-and-true Liberty Bell to the American Helicopter Museum, this cheerful guide features 68 terrific things to do around Philadelphia with a child in tow. Suggestions are handpicked by parents, and the book includes all of the planning details (addresses, phone numbers, admission prices, and age-appropriateness). Lehman has edited eight other books in Fodor's "Around the City" series.

Framing Democracy: Civil Society and Civic Movements in Eastern Europe
By John K. Glenn III '76
Stanford University Press, 2001

At the close of the 20th century, democracy appeared to have overcome the Cold War partition of the world. This book offers a critique and reformulation of existing theories of democratization, as well as of earlier understandings of the fall of communism. Glenn is the executive director of the Council for European Studies and a Visiting Scholar at New York University.

Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods' My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine
By Noelle Howey '94
Picador USA/ St. Martin's Press, 2002

Howey examines three journeys into girlhood, then womanhood, as experienced by a transgendered father, a dutiful mother, and their daughter. Candid, funny writing gives the memoir the feel of fiction, as Howey challenges conventional beliefs about what constitutes gender and a "normal" family with remarkable sensitivity. She is the co-editor of Out of the Ordinary: Essays on Growing Up with Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Parents.

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