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Volume XXVII Number 2
Spring 2005

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IUB—Indiana University Bloomington
IUPUI—Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis
IUE—Indiana University East
IPFW—Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne
IUK—Indiana University Kokomo
IUN—Indiana University Northwest
IUSB—Indiana University South Bend
IUS—Indiana University Southeast

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Auer, Matthew R., ed. Restoring Cursed Earth: Appraising Environmental Policy Reforms in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Press, 2004, 192 pp., cloth.

Institutions—rules, norms, and strategies used to obtain preferred outcomes—are the organizing principles in this work of comparative environmental politics. Instead of focusing on the contributions of formal institutions to environmental policymaking, contributors to Restoring Cursed Earth find informal institutions, such as illegal and corrupt acts, language, and ties of affection between family and friends, to be key determinants of environmental reforms. Case material covers environmental policy reform processes in Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Estonia.

Auer is associate professor of public and environmental affairs at IUB.

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Barnstone, Willis. We Jews and Blacks: A Memoir with Poems. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004, 256 pp., cloth.

In this memoir about “identity, denial, bigotry, and the sorrow and humor of it all,” poet and literary translator Willis Barnstone recalls his life from childhood to 1987, when his revered older brother Howard committed suicide. From New York and Maine to Greece, Buenos Aires, and boot camp in Georgia, Barnstone reflects on his Jewish identity, “passing,” and the experience of “icy bigotry” shared by Jews and Blacks. More than 40 of Barnstone’s own poems accent his recollections. The book also includes a dialogue with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa and a small selection of Komunyakaa’s work.

Barnstone is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of comparative literature at IUB.

Becker, William E., and Moya L. Andrews, eds. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Contributions of Research Universities. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004, 368 pp., cloth.

Drawn from the four-year Scholarship of Teaching and Learning program at Indiana University, the 12 articles in this collection illustrate the contributions that research universities make to pedagogical advances in higher education. Countering the assertion that research faculty favor research over teaching, volume contributors highlight various models of the scholarship of teaching and learning, the positive influences of discipline-based research, advances in the assessment of student outcomes, and how to disseminate ideas about teaching and learning across disciplines and among institutions.

At IUB, Becker is professor of economics, and Andrews, vice chancellor and dean emeritus, is professor of speech and hearing sciences.

Billings, Diane, and Judith Halstead, eds. Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty. 2d ed. St. Louis: Elsevier, 2005, 640 pp., paper.

The decline in numbers of nursing school faculty parallels the current nursing shortage. This guide covers the nurse’s role as higher education faculty, curriculum development, contemporary approaches to teaching and learning, technology, and evaluation. Contributors to the text draw on the emerging science of nursing education. Billings is also editor of Conversations in E-Learning (New York: Springer Publishing, 2002), a question-and-answer guide to the basics of teaching and learning online.

At the School of Nursing at IUPUI, Billings is Chancellor’s Professor and associate dean, and Halstead is professor and executive associate dean for academic affairs.

Bousquet, Marc, and Katherine Wills, eds. The Politics of Information: The Electronic Mediation of Social Change. Alt-X Press, 2003, altx.com/ebooks/

An essay collection in five parts, this e-book of cultural criticism covers topics that can be “garnered under the rubric of ‘materialist informatics.’” With the overall view that the Web “is crucial to the expanding ‘informatics of domination,’” essays, interviews, stories, and first-person reports mix in this online publication, which is organized by section introductions, with a technical bookmark feature for reader navigation.

Wills is a lecturer in English at IUPU-Columbus.

Buckley, W.K. Lost Heartlands Found. Columbus, Ohio: Pudding House Publications, 2004, 36 pp., paper.

Buckley’s chapbook of poems describes the complex character and spirit of Indiana’s northwest “Region” and its industrial, working- class roots.

Buckley is professor of English at IUN.

Callahan, Christopher M., and German E. Berrios. Reinventing Depression: A History of the Treatment of Depression in Primary Care, 1940–2004. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005, 240 pp., cloth.

While new strategies for diagnosing and treating depression have improved the lives of millions, the overall societal burden of depression does not seem to be decreasing. To explain untreated depression, many experts point to a gap between what psychiatrists know and what primary care doctors do, but Callahan and Berrios argue that the problem stems from an over-emphasis on biological factors and an under-emphasis on the roles society and culture play in causing depression. They offer a public health perspective and model in this history, in which primary care physicians are given a greater leadership role.

Callahan is Cornelius and Yvonne Pettinga Professor of medicine at the IU Center for Aging Research, IUPUI.

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Cohen, Ronald D., and Stephen G. McShane, eds. Moonlight in Duneland: The Illustrated Story of the Chicago and South Bend Railroad. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004, 160 pp., paper.

Released for the first time in paperback by the Quarry Books imprint of IU Press, this large-format book features full-color reproductions of 1920s-era posters that advertised the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad, or the South Shore Line. Without featuring trains, the South Shore Line poster artists promoted “the Region” of northwest Indiana and its scenic beauty through their award-winning lithographs. Four essays provide historical information about the artists, the railroad, and its marketing campaign.

At IUN, Cohen is professor of history, and McShane is archivist/curator at the Calumet Regional Archives.

Cordell, Rosanne M., Betsy Lucal, Robin K. Morgan, Sharon Hamilton, and Robert Orr, eds. Quick Hits for New Faculty: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004, 170 pp., paper.

Created by members of IU’s Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), this volume of articles and strategies is aimed at helping new faculty address teaching and learning issues. Topics include developing a course syllabus, grading and feedback, getting off to a good start on the first day, encouraging student participation, getting support, teaching tips, and documenting teaching performance.

Lucal is associate professor of sociology at IUSB; Morgan is professor of psychology at IUS; and at IUPUI, Hamilton is Chancellor’s Professor of English and co-director of FACET with Orr, who is also a professor of computer technology.

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Goldberg, Halina, ed. The Age of Chopin: Interdisciplinary Inquiries. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004, 384 pp., paper.

Based on an interdisciplinary conference commemorating the sesquicentennial of Chopin’s death, this volume brings together 14 scholars from music, art and dance history, literature, aesthetics, and audiovisual media theory to investigate topics such as the dance patterns generated by Chopin’s waltzes, the gendered origins of the piano nocturne genre, and 20th-century settings of Chopin’s music in ballet, film, and TV.

Goldberg is assistant professor of musicology at IUB.

Hirano, Hiromichi, and Claudia Johnson, guest eds. Special Issue—Land Ocean Interaction. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, vol. 21, no. 8 (2003).

Scientific papers on the geologic history and processes of Asia during the Cretaceous are presented in a special issue of this interdisciplinary, international geosciences journal.

Johnson is associate professor of geologic sciences at IUB.

Hoskins, William, Carlos Perez, Robert Young, Richard Barakat, Maurie Markman, and Marcus Randall, eds. Principles and Practice of Gynecologic Oncology, 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005, 1,419 pp., cloth.

With contributions from nine IU faculty including associate editor Marcus Randall, this textbook takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer. Designed for specialists in cancer care, the fourth edition provides comprehensive coverage of gynecologic malignancies and the appropriate therapies. A new chapter on end-of-life care is also included.

Randall is chair and William A. Mitchell Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the IU School of Medicine.

Newman, William. Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004, 333 pp., cloth.

Long before genetic science delivered a cloned sheep named Dolly, the practices of alchemy raised serious concerns about the boundary between the artificial and the natural. Focusing on the period between 1200 and 1700 in this historical analysis of alchemy, Newman examines pioneering alchemists (Paracelsus, Francis Bacon, and father of modern chemistry Robert Boyle, among others) and the often negative responses to their experiments. Describing the “art-nature debate,” Newman reveals how old arguments about the ethical and spiritual consequences of alchemy echo strongly in contemporary discussions about the limits of scientific and technological exploration. Newman is chair and professor in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science at IUB.

Newton, Roger. Galileo’s Pendulum: From the Rhythm of Time to the Making of Matter. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004, 176 pp., cloth.

When a bored, teen-aged Galileo noted that a cathedral chandelier took the same number of beats to complete a swing, no matter how little or how far it moved, he made an observation with profound consequences for modern science and technology, says Roger Newton. Galileo’s pendulum was an harmonic oscillator, which has turned out to be, Newton writes, “the most basic, all-pervading physical system in the world.” Newton recounts the history of time pieces—from marine chronometers to atomic clocks—that have been based on the pendulum. He also links the pendulum’s oscillations to quantum theory and so, to “the basis . . . of what we understand as the fabric of the universe. Without oscillators, there would be no particles—no air to breath, no fluids to sustain life and no solid matter to form the Earth.” This story of the physics behind the pendulum’s swing covers the sciences of sound and light, the invention of time zones, Isaac Newton’s equations of motion, the development of quantum electrodynamics, and more.

Newton is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of physics at IUB.

Parrish, Michael. Sacrifice of the Generals: Soviet Senior Officer Losses, 1939–1953. Martin Gordon, consulting editor. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 2004, 477 pp., paper.

In this biographical research tool, Parrish catalogues the losses suffered by senior leadership of the Red Army from 1939 to 1953. With entries for nearly 1,000 Soviet officers who were captured, died of illness, were “repressed” by the Soviet leadership, or were killed in combat, the book attempts to set some of the record straight on the Red Army’s personnel losses, which Parrish calls “one of the most controversial aspects of Soviet military history, subject to exaggerations, statistical disagreements, and contemporary Russian politics.” The book is based on Soviet archive sources declassified since 1990.

Parrish is associate professor of public and environmental affairs at IUB.

Rugman, Alan, ed. Leadership in International Business Education and Research. Oxford, U.K.: JAI/Elsevier, 2003, 344 pp., cloth.

Opening with an assessment of IU’s pioneering influence on the field of international business, this collection focuses on the process of internationalization within major business schools. Other topics include the current state of knowledge about international business research and teaching and current issues in the now wide-ranging international business research area. Rugman is also co-editor of Free Trade in the Americas: Economic and Political Issues for Governments and Firms (Gloucestershire, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2004, 320 pp., cloth).

Rugman is Leslie Waters Chair in international business and professor of business economics and public policy at the IU Kelley School of Business in Bloomington.

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Sanders, Scott Russell. Bad Man Ballad. Library of Indiana Classics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004, 256 pp., paper.

This “wild and shaggy novel,” as Sanders calls it, tells an adventurous and eventually tragic tale of a backwoods boy, a half-breed girl, and a lawyer who take up the chase of a giant-like man accused of murder and on the run. Set in the Ohio Valley of 1813, Sanders’ allegorical novel has been described as “a powerful, somber, even magisterial evocation of an occasion for the collective American shame” with characters “fully realized and sympathetic.”

Sanders is Distinguished Professor of English at IUB.

Sehlinger, Peter J. Kentucky’s Last Cavalier: General William Preston, 1816–1887. Lexington: The Kentucky Historical Society/University of Kentucky Press, 2004, 336 pp., cloth.

A legislator, diplomat, and soldier, William Preston was a leading representative of Kentucky’s slaveholding landed gentry, who dominated life in the commonwealth before the Civil War. He served as President Buchanan’s minister to Spain and tried to buy Cuba for the United States. In the postwar years, he played roles in both state and national Democratic party politics. Through the story of Preston’s life, Sehlinger offers insights into the antebellum politics and history of Kentucky and the region.

Sehlinger is professor emeritus of history at IUPUI.

Snodgrass, Michael. Deference and Defiance in Monterrey: Workers Paternalism, and Revolution in Mexico, 1890–1950. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003, 334 pp., cloth.

Focusing on the manufacturing city of Monterrey, this book offers an urban, industrial perspective on the history of revolutionary Mexico. Examining the experiences of workers and employers during the 1910 revolution, Snodgrass demonstrates how the revolutionary government’s labor policies mobilized workers and prompted Mexican industrialists to devise systems of company paternalism that persist today. He also highlights the relationship that developed between organized labor and Mexico’s ruling party in the period between the revolution and the onset of the Cold War.

Snodgrass is assistant professor of history at IUPUI.

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Starker, Janos. The World of Music According to Starker: A Memoir. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004, 200 pp., cloth.

Born in Hungary to parents with no musical background, Janos Starker was given his first cello at age 6, and his prodigious musical gift was soon revealed. In this memoir—against the backdrop of war and world politics, international travel, and an incredible array of musical recollections—Starker recalls private moments and professional tours with his characteristic wit and frankness. A 33-page section lists his recordings since 1947, and the book is accompanied by a bonus CD featuring several notable concert performances. Widely recognized as one of the world’s great musicians, the 80-year-old cellist writes that he is simply “trying to reflect on the life of a working musician and teacher.” In an interview about his memoir with National Public Radio’s Susan Stanberg, Starker ended the conversation this way: “Without humbleness, one couldn’t go through this kind of a life.” Nearly 50 years after his arrival on campus, Starker continues to play, perform, and teach as Distinguished Professor of cello at IUB.

Stowe, Steven M. Doctoring the South: Southern Physicians and Everyday Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004, 392 pp., cloth.

Focusing on local practices of “everyday” medicine in the South, this study emphasizes the relationships between physicians and regional communities of patients. Relying on personal letters, daybooks, diaries, bedside notes, and published writings, Stowe argues that southern doctors played moral, as well as practical, roles in their communities. He describes a “country orthodoxy” of medical practice that valued the “art” of medicine and offered a style of caregiving rooted in individual experience, moral values, and a consciousness of place and time.

Stowe is professor of history at IUB.

Wertheim, Albert. Staging the War: American Drama and World War II. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004, 352 pp., cloth.

American drama during the WWII period (roughly 1934–1955) is a mirror of “life and thought in America, registering the dominant feelings of its citizens as well as the social changes that were occurring,” according to Wertheim. This comprehensive theater history describes the complex and vivid connections between drama and WWII events, both the war’s indelible mark on playwriting and the playwrights’ influence on American understandings of the war. The book examines more than 150 plays, from well-known works such as Our Town to the far lesser-known “dramatic art of Uncle Sam”—plays underwritten by the U.S. Army.

Wertheim (1940–2003) was professor of English and theatre and drama at IUB.