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(September 19, 2006)

Books in Brief

Slade Writes Jazz After Dinner
Leonard A. Slade Jr., professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies, has published a new book of selected poems, Jazz After Dinner (SUNY Press). In these poems of celebration and endurance, Slade addresses the human need to be connected not only to the physical "now," but also to the other lives and other music we experience during our lives. His unique voice exposes the sweetness, the sorrow, and the humor of life's celebrations and struggles, as well as the importance of love and reliance on God and faith for transcendence. These are poems to help the reader to endure, to grow, and to triumph. Slade is the author of 15 books, including 11 books of poetry.

Responsible Men a Finalist
Edward Schwarzschild's novel Responsible Men, which has just been released in paperback, has been selected as one of four finalists for the Samuel Goldberg and Sons Foundation Prize for Jewish Fiction. Schwarzschild, an associate professor in the Department of English, is at work on his next book, a short story collection called No Rest for the Middleman, to be published by Algonquin in fall 2007.

Stefl-Mabry and Lynch Publish Knowledge Communities
Knowledge Communities: Bringing the Village into the Classroom, by Joette Stefl-Mabry and Barbara L. Lynch, has been published by Scarecrow Press. It was released on July 28. Stefl-Mabry is an assistant professor in the College of Computing and Information's Department of Information Studies and an assistant research professor in the School of Education.

Zimmerman's Latest: Interstate Disputes
Professor of political science Joseph F. Zimmerman has written a new book, Interstate Disputes: The Supreme Court's Original Jurisdiction. In this book, published by SUNY Press, Zimmerman examines the role of the Supreme Court in settling disputes between states. The U.S. Constitution grants original jurisdiction over controversies between two or more states to the U.S. Supreme Court, and in 1789 Congress made exclusive the court's jurisdiction over interstate disputes. Zimmerman analyzes a wide range of specific disputes, from boundary lines to financial matters, and from water allocation and diversion to pollution.

Emerson Bicentennial Essays Co-edited by Bosco
University of Virginia Press has announced the publication of Emerson Bicentennial Essays, edited by Distinguished Service Professor of English Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson.

Bosco is also a contributor to the volume, which is drawn from papers presented at the Massachusetts Historical Society conference that celebrated the 200th anniversary of Emerson's birth. The book presents 17 studies of Emerson under general themes that include his audience, his reputation as a poet and reformer, and his relation to the world of ideas. Among the many topics covered are Emerson's New England lecture series, his sermons, and his poetics. These works confirm Emerson's preeminence in American intellectual and literary history.

The Election After Reform
Michael J. Malbin, executive director of the Campaign Finance Institute and professor of political science, has edited a new book, The Election After Reform: Money, Politics, and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). The book is filled with groundbreaking studies, and includes chapters on political parties, interest groups, television ads, and presidential campaigns.


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