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Faculty Reads, Volume One

Faculty members Robin Chandler, Thomas Havens publish new books
August 8th, 2011

Volume one of the fac­ulty reading list includes a variety of schol­arly works penned by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors, such as African Amer­ican studies pro­fessor Robin Chandler’s book about gender-​​based vio­lence during wartime and jour­nalism pro­fessor Dan Kennedy’s per­sonal explo­ration of the cul­ture of dwarfism. 

Title: “Women, War, and Vio­lence: Per­sonal Per­spec­tives and Global Activism”

Author: Robin Chan­dler, pro­fessor of African Amer­ican studies at North­eastern, Lihua Wang and Linda K. Fuller

Descrip­tion: Global activists, scholars, NGOs, and clin­i­cians weigh in on how war and its vio­lent under­pin­nings affect everyday women and fam­i­lies. With first-​​hand research and assess­ments of gender-​​based vio­lence inter­ven­tions, it invites per­spec­tives and sto­ry­telling beyond tra­di­tional aca­d­emic writing. It also sheds new light on war-​​related gender oppres­sion at the inter­sec­tions of race, nation­alism, reli­gion, and social class and the need to pro­mote gender equality.

Title: “Little People: Learning to See the World Through My Daughter’s Eyes”

Author: Dan Kennedy, pro­fessor of jour­nalism at Northeastern

Descrip­tion: Filled with poignant per­sonal expe­ri­ences, Kennedy, whose daughter was diag­nosed with achon­droplasia, the most common type of dwarfism, explores the ancient his­tory of dwarfism, its sub­cul­ture and caste system. It also takes a look at con­tro­ver­sial med­ical pro­ce­dures that allow par­ents to elim­i­nate dif­fer­ences like dwarfism and Down syn­drome. Kennedy argues for the cul­tural value of pre­serving dif­fer­ences, and that elim­i­nating them may harm society in unpre­dictable ways.

Title: “Inno­va­tion and Mar­keting in the Video Game Industry: Avoiding the Per­for­mance Trap”

Author: David Wesley, man­ager of the Insti­tute for Global Inno­va­tion Man­age­ment, and Gloria Bar­czak, pro­fessor of mar­keting at Northeastern

Descrip­tion: This book iden­ti­fies pat­terns to help video game engi­neers, devel­opers and mar­keting exec­u­tives create better busi­ness strate­gies and suc­cess­fully bring new prod­ucts to market. It high­lights com­pa­nies that chal­lenge the norm to attract new cus­tomers like par­ents and senior cit­i­zens, and explains how video games are used in a variety socially ben­e­fi­cial ways.

Title: “Intro­duc­tion to Sub­sur­face Imaging”

Author: Michael Sile­vitch, director, Jose Martinez-​​Lorenzo, research assis­tant, and Carey Rap­pa­port, asso­ciate director in the Center for Sub­sur­face Sensing and Imaging Sys­tems at Northeastern

Descrip­tion: Describing and eval­u­ating the prin­ci­ples and methods of sub­sur­face sensing and imaging, this book links theory to real-​​world appli­ca­tions in med­i­cine, biology, secu­rity and geo­phys­ical explo­ration. It inte­grates sensing tech­niques (acoustic, elec­tric, elec­tro­mag­netic, optical, x-​​ray or par­ticle beams) by uni­fying phys­ical and math­e­mat­ical sim­i­lar­i­ties, and com­pu­ta­tional and algo­rithmic methods.

Title: “Parkscapes: Green Spaces in Modern Japan”

Author: Thomas R. H. Havens, pro­fessor of his­tory at Northeastern

Descrip­tion: Japan pro­tects one-​​seventh of its land sur­face in parks, which are vis­ited by over a bil­lion people each year. This book ana­lyzes the ori­gins, devel­op­ment, and dis­tinc­tive fea­tures of these public spaces and explains how they evolved from gov­ern­ment use into sites of demon­stra­tions, riots, shel­ters, as well as recre­ation. Based on exten­sive research in gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments, travel records, and accounts by fre­quent park vis­i­tors, it is the first book in any lan­guage to examine the his­tory of both urban and national parks of Japan.

- by Kara Shemin


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