Quaint, Hungry and Romantic:
Aesthetics of Consumerism
Daniel Harris '88
do stuffed animals seldom have hands? Why do lovers on greeting
cards always walk on beaches? These are the questions Harris
tackles in this humorous, satirical look at consumerism and
how it affects our daily lives. Through his careful examination
of the pop-culture items that we as consumers have grown to
love, he shows how much we rely on them--and what they say
about us. Harris is the author of The Rise and Fall of Gay
Culture; his work has appeared in Harper's, Salmagundi, The
Anchor Essay Annual, and Best American Essays.
for Ourselves Alone: The Story
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and
Geoffrey C. Ward '62 and Ken Burns
A. Knopf, 1999
A companion volume to the PBS documentary film, this book
provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at two of American
history's most important and influential women. Stanton, born
into wealth and comfort and the mother of seven, and Anthony,
a self-supporting Quaker farmer's daughter, could not have
been more different; their upbringing was often a source of
conflict between the two. But their dedication to the common
goal of women's suffrage united them, forming a lifelong partnership
and friendship. Ward is a historian, screenwriter, and former
editor of American Heritage. He is the author of ten books
and has written for numerous documentary films, including
The Civil War and Baseball.
Marcia Talley '65
Ives is back in this second novel of Talley's mystery series.
Having survived a bout with breast cancer, she's opting for
reconstructive surgery and a fresh start in Annapolis, Maryland.
Things are just starting to get back to normal when her sister's
therapist is suddenly murdered and thrown from a balcony,
and her sister, Georgina, is the prime suspect. Hannah finds
herself struggling to uncover the truth of what really happened,
discovering in the process that things aren't always as they
in the Presidential Primaries: Candidates and the Media,
Kathleen E. Kendall '50
role does communication play in politics and how has it changed
over time? Examining the role of candidates and the media
during primary elections of the 20th century, Kendall explores
this question, uncovering communication patterns that transcend
time regarding political image, horse-race coverage, and negative
campaigning. She discusses the impact of speeches, debates,
political advertising, and television in past primaries, and
makes predictions and recommendations regarding the 2000 primaries.
Kendall is associate professor and graduate director of communications
at SUNY-Albany and the editor of Presidential Campaign Discourse:
Strategic Communication Problems.
Wisdom: How to Evaluate and
Information Quality on the Web
Janet E. Alexander '68 and
Earlbaum Associates, 1999
and more people are doing research on the World Wide Web,
but how does one know if the information on a web page is
accurate and reliable? Web Wisdom seeks to answer this question
by providing theoretical background and easy-to-use checklists
to enable readers to identify and create web pages that provide
trustworthy information. The materials should prove particularly
useful to teachers or librarians who are introducing their
students to online research. Janet Alexander is a reference
librarian at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.
and Principles: Global
and Human Rights in China
Michael Santoro '76
University Press, 2000
are two main approaches to business used by American companies
in China, Santoro argues. One is the familiar Dickensian-like
image of an exploitative sweatshop crowded with young, illiterate,
undernourished, and underpaid Chinese workers. The second
is a spacious, clean, well-lit atmosphere, where workers are
more educated, better dressed, and earn higher wages. Though
he acknowledges that labor abuse does exist in China, Santoro
wishes to replace the former vision of Western business with
the latter, one he feels conforms more closely to reality.
He points to the Motorola Corporation in Tianjin as an example.
Analyzing these two faces of globalization in light of human
rights and public policy, Santoro urges the World Trade Organization
to adopt an enforceable code of international labor standards.
Santoro is assistant professor in the International Business
and Business Environment Department at the Rutgers Graduate
School of Management.
Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi
Clyde Woods '79
is a valuable reinterpretation of the two-centuries-old conflict
between African-American workers and the planters of the Mississippi
Delta. Woods traces plantation ideology in national public
policy debates from Jefferson to Clinton, using the blues
as a means to examine the struggle of the workers for social
and economic justice. Focusing ultimately on the attacks on
and gain of the Civil Rights movement, the book includes a
unique analysis of influential cultures of African-American
resistance. Woods is assistant professor of African and African-American
Studies at Pennsylvania State University.