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Reflections on the University Scene presents a sample of ideas, thoughts, and points of view, intimate to the university scene. They include the nature of the university, governance, limits of dissent, academic freedom, tenure, collective bargaining, liberal education, admissions, higher education and high-tech, and memorable teachers and teaching.
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Barebacking—when gay men deliberately abandon condoms and embrace unprotected sex—has incited a great deal of shock, outrage, anger, and even disgust, but very little contemplation. Purposely flying in the face of decades of safe-sex campaigning and HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives, barebacking is unquestionably radical behavior, behavior that most people would rather condemn than understand. Thus the time is ripe for Unlimited Intimacy, Tim Dean’s riveting investigation into barebacking and the distinctive subculture that has grown around it. Audacious and undeniably provocative, Dean’s profoundly reflective account is neither a manifesto nor an apology; instead, it is a searching analysis that tests the very limits of the study of sex in the twenty-first century. Dean’s extensive research into the subculture provides a tour of the scene’s bars, sex clubs, and Web sites; offers an explicit but sophisticated analysis of its pornography; and documents his own personal experiences in the culture. But ultimately, it is HIV that animates the controversy around barebacking, and Unlimited Intimacy explores how barebackers think about transmitting the virus—especially the idea that deliberately sharing it establishes a new network of kinship among the infected. According to Dean, intimacy makes us vulnerable, exposes us to emotional risk, and forces us to drop our psychological barriers. As a committed experiment in intimacy without limits—one that makes those metaphors of intimacy quite literal—barebacking thus says a great deal about how intimacy works. Written with a fierce intelligence and uncompromising nerve, Unlimited Intimacy will prove to be a milestone in our understanding of sexual behavior.
Thirtieth Anniversary Edition, with a New Preface by the Author
Author: Paul Rabinow
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Category: Social Science
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In this landmark study, now celebrating thirty years in print, Paul Rabinow takes as his focus the fieldwork that anthropologists do. How valid is the process? To what extent do the cultural data become artifacts of the interaction between anthropologist and informants? Having first published a more standard ethnographic study about Morocco, Rabinow here describes a series of encounters with his informants in that study, from a French innkeeper clinging to the vestiges of a colonial past, to the rural descendants of a seventeenth-century saint. In a new preface Rabinow considers the thirty-year life of this remarkable book and his own distinguished career.
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étienne Balibar has been one of Europe's most important philosophical and political thinkers since the 1960s. His work has been vastly influential on both sides of the Atlantic throughout the humanities and the social sciences. In We, the People of Europe?, he expands on themes raised in his previous works to offer a trenchant and eloquently written analysis of "transnational citizenship" from the perspective of contemporary Europe. Balibar moves deftly from state theory, national sovereignty, and debates on multiculturalism and European racism, toward imagining a more democratic and less state-centered European citizenship. Although European unification has progressively divorced the concepts of citizenship and nationhood, this process has met with formidable obstacles. While Balibar seeks a deep understanding of this critical conjuncture, he goes beyond theoretical issues. For example, he examines the emergence, alongside the formal aspects of European citizenship, of a "European apartheid," or the reduplication of external borders in the form of "internal borders" nurtured by dubious notions of national and racial identity. He argues for the democratization of how immigrants and minorities in general are treated by the modern democratic state, and the need to reinvent what it means to be a citizen in an increasingly multicultural, diversified world. A major new work by a renowned theorist, We, the People of Europe? offers a far-reaching alternative to the usual framing of multicultural debates in the United States while also engaging with these debates.
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With a reflection on each of the four mysteries of the rosary?Joyful, Light, Sorrowful, and Glorious? this book will help those praying the rosary find a focus for meditation. Each reflection contains a Scripture verse as well as background to understanding the biblical texts. With its twenty-first century relevance, this guide by Mark Boyer will bring readers to contemplate personal application of the mysteries. Enhance your ?garden of prayer? with Reflections on the Mysteries of the Rosary.?Members of small Christian communities may choose to include one of the four Mysteries in a Day of Reflection and share with one another the results of their meditations. The guide may be just the kind of book a good friend would be glad to receive.? Buena Vista Resource Page?This brief and attractive booklet provides meditations on each mystery of the rosary, including the Luminous Mysteries or the ?Mysteries of Light? recently promulgated by Pope John Paul II. The meditations evoke the biblical scene or motif behind each mystery and suggest connections to our daily experience. A lovely way to freshen this beloved Catholic work of piety.? The Bible Today?This small book?it would fit in pocket or purse?is packed with wisdom and inspiration.? Amazon.com?Not just another book on the Rosary, Reflections on the Mysteries of the Rosary is unique, fresh, and a joy to read. Fr. Boyer extends a ?Welcome Back? to those who may have forgotten the magic of the Mysteries! Even the seasoned Rosary ?prayer? will discover illuminating insights into the Mysteries of Light together with the challenge to plumb anew the depths of the familiar. The author combines the wholesome earthiness of everyday experiences with the awesome intimacy of God in our lives. An intriguing balance of the intimate and contemporary, this book lends a crisp newness to the recitation of the Rosary and supplies food for reflection to last a lifetime.? Pauline Nugent, C.C.V.I.?Mark Boyer?s short book is for anyone who wants to rediscover the rosary.? The Faith Connection?Harried priests, religious men and women or parents who are looking for a fast read to enhance their prayer lives are in luck. The thought-provoking comments provide some spiritual nourishment as you rush from place to place trying to get things done, as each one ends with a theme to carry you through the day.? CRUX of the News
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From Charles Johnson—a National Book Award winner, Professor Emeritus at University of Washington, and one of America’s preeminent scholars on literature and race—comes an instructive, inspiring guide to the craft and art of writing. An award-winning novelist, philosopher, essayist, screenwriter, professor, and cartoonist, Charles Johnson has devoted his life to creative pursuit. His 1990 National Book Award-winning novel Middle Passage is a modern classic, revered as much for its daring plot as its philosophical underpinnings. For thirty-three years, Johnson taught and mentored students in the art and craft of creative writing. The Way of the Writer is his record of those years, and the coda to a kaleidoscopic, boundary-shattering career. Organized into six accessible, easy-to-navigate sections, The Way of the Writer is both a literary reflection on the creative impulse and a utilitarian guide to the writing process. Johnson shares his lessons and exercises from the classroom, starting with word choice, sentence structure, and narrative voice, and delving into the mechanics of scene, dialogue, plot and storytelling before exploring the larger questions at stake for the serious writer. What separates literature from industrial fiction? What lies at the heart of the creative impulse? How does one navigate the literary world? And how are philosophy and fiction concomitant? Luminous, inspiring, and imminently accessible, The Way of the Writer is a revelatory glimpse into the mind of the writer and an essential guide for anyone with a story to tell.
Author: D (University of Glasgow Clarke, Scotland)
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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How Astronomy contributed to the educational enlightenment of Glasgow, to its society and to its commerce. The words 'Astronomy' and 'Glasgow' seem an incongruous juxtaposition, and yet the two are closely linked over 500 years of history. This is a tale of enlightenment and scientific progress at both institutional and public levels. Combined with the ambitions of civic commerce, it is a story populated with noteworthy personalities and intense rivalries.It is remarkable to realise that the first Astronomy teaching in the Glasgow 'Colledge' presented an Earth-centred Universe, prior to the Copernican revolution of the mid sixteenth Century. Glasgow was later known astronomically for the telescope observations of sunspots made by Wilson in the 1760s, but less well known are the ideas related to mono-chromaticity within light, to dew point and hoar frost, and Herschel's discovery of infra-red energy in solar radiation by application of Glasgow-made thermometers.This engrossing and entertaining scientific history includes the story of Glasgow's 'Big Bang' of 1863, the controversy over 'Astronomer Royal for Scotland' and a historical survey of the eight observatories that once populated Glasgow. David Clarke brings us a complex weave of science and accompanying social history in this unique and fascinating work.
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The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) was founded in 1954 to promote the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East at Harvard University. The Centerâe(tm)s mandate has involved it in teaching as well as research on both the classical and contemporary aspects of the Middle East. Its scholarly interests also include Islamic societies and cultures worldwide. CMES functions as the coordinating body and a primary source of intellectual and material support within the Harvard community for academic programs covering the vast area between Morocco and Iran, and beyond. This volume, edited by Don Babai, was prepared as part of commemorations for the fiftieth anniversary of the Center. It consists of three parts.In Part I, Babai surveys the rich and complex history of the Center, beginning with its founding by William Langer, a diplomatic historian who had a seminal influence in the development of area studies at Harvard in the postwar years. This survey chronicles the Centerâe(tm)s growth and transformation through the eventful and at times tumultuous tenures of eleven subsequent directors, from Hamilton Gibb, the Arabist, to Cemal Kafadar, the Ottomanist. It also offers an interpretation of the determinants and consequences of the Centerâe(tm)s choices over the last five decades and examines its evolving mission against the backdrop of current debates on Middle Eastern studies and area studies in general.Part II presents an extended account of the multifaceted operations of the Center that serve the scholarly community at Harvard and the world at large. It discusses the Centerâe(tm)s teaching activities, especially its AM and joint PhD degree programs, and the changing profile of students in these programs. It summarizes the findings of ongoing efforts to survey the career patterns of CMES degree holders and provides brief sketches of the work of some of its many distinguished alumni in academia and other fields. It also looks at the Centerâe(tm)s activities in disseminating knowledge of the Middle East to the New England community through its outreach program and to the scholarly community through its specialized publications as well as its seminars and conferences. Other sections review the Centerâe(tm)s research initiatives and the activities of its visiting scholars and research associates.Part III, âeoeThe Future,âe consists of essays by members of the core faculty and other scholars who have had an ongoing association with the Center. The essays, beginning with an integrative overview by the incoming director, Steven Caton, assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Center with an eye to the larger question of the challenges the Center is likely to face in the coming decades. The authors, who include many of Harvardâe(tm)s leading scholars in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, present diverse but complementary visions of the Centerâe(tm)s future, weighing not only the altered geopolitical landscape of the contemporary Middle East but also emergent forms of interdisciplinary knowledge, along with transnational and interregional approaches to scholarly inquiry, that are changing the nature of Middle Eastern studies and area studies at large. Most of the essays are framed around individual disciplines in both the humanities and social sciences. Together, they offer a compendium of insights that should be of interest to anyone concerned with the future of Middle Eastern studies.
With Reflections on Female Conduct, in the More Important Duties of Life
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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First published in 1787, this book provocatively challenged eighteenth-century attitudes towards women, and paved the way for modern feminist thinking. It argues that women can offer the most effective contribution to society if they are brought up to display sound moral values and character, rather than superficial social graces.
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With their powerful blend of political and aesthetic concerns, Edward W. Said's writings have transformed the field of literary studies. This long-awaited collection of literary and cultural essays offers evidence of how much the fully engaged critical mind can contribute to the reservoir of value, thought, and action essential to our lives and culture.
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Winter's Tales tackles the question of whether narrative and drama are as different from each other as some scholars have assumed. By examining everything from voice and tense to "scene and summary," George, a theater professor and novelist, analyzes the many choices a writer has when framing a story. She addresses narrative theoretical ground before focusing on contemporary plays that are "novelistic." She finishes the study by examining the problems of adaptation from novel to stage. Her account is-by way of its essayistic style-personal, at times a writer's journal of reading and writing discoveries. In Winter's Tales, George demonstrates, among other things, the ways the diegetic is evident in the very content of frame plays and divided plays: she distinguishes between kinds of memory plays by cataloguing the possible stances of the narrator: she also covers subjects like multiple narration, and she gives accounts of the epic, dramatic, and lyric solutions to adapting novels. Kathleen George is a Professor in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Pittsburgh.
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<I>Poor, But Sexy: Reflections on Berlin Scenes offers readers a varied cross-section of the city's scenes, providing a prismatic view of one of Europe's mythical cultural capitals. The authors gathered here address a range of topics, including Turkish gay clubs, queer filmmaking, record labels, the legendary Russendisko, electronic music festivals, the city's famous techno scene, the clandestine dimensions of its nighttime club culture, and the fraught emergence of the Mediaspree. With the shifting context of post-Wende Berlin its backdrop, this collection puts into relief an electic array of case studies, presenting to readers interested in exploring urban issues a number of critical and analytical perspectives on the city's cultural life as it moves into the twenty-first century. <I>Poor, But Sexy is an important contribution to the critical analysis of the cultural spaces in the city, and allows readers access to one of the few scholarly overviews of Berlin's varied cultural life available in English.