Philosophy Professor Awarded Humboldt Fellowship

Dr. Andrea Scarantino

Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Scarantino, Associate Professor of Philosophy, for receiving a Humboldt Fellowship to work on his project, “The Motivational Theory of Emotions,” at the University of Osnabrück’s Institute of Cognitive Science in Germany. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation provides postdoctoral fellowships to highly-qualified, early-career scientists and scholars to spend extended periods of research in Germany.

Dr. Scarantino holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Università Cattolica of Milan, Italy and a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his work in the Department of Philosophy, he is also an associate faculty member of the Neuroscience Institute and an affiliate faculty member of the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics. Dr. Scarantino’s research focuses on emotion, empirically-based philosophy of mind, information, and philosophical methodology. Additional information about Dr. Scarantino’s fellowship research can be found on the College of Arts & Sciences website.

Selected works by Dr. Scarantino include:

 

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Mark your calendars for the following cultural and academic events around campus:

  • Event: Perspectivas: Reflections on Latin American and Hispanic Identity in the United States Art Exhibit
  • Dates: Show runs September 22 – October 17
  • Date/Time for Opening Reception: September 25 at 7:00pm
  • Location: Student Art Gallery, 3rd Floor Student Center
  • Event: Distinguished Speakers Series: Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist/best-selling author
  • Date/Time: September 30, 7:00pm
  • Location:Student Center Ballroom
  • Nazario will give a keynote address discussing immigration reform and her best-selling book Enrique’s Journey, followed by participating as a moderator of a forum on immigration.
  • Event: Immigration and Education Forum
  • Date/Time: September 30, following Sonia Nazario’s talk (see above)
  • Location: Student Center Ballroom
  • Ms. Nazario will moderate a panel with these featured speakers:

Pedro Marin (D), Georgia House of Representatives
Julia Perilla, PhD, Associate Professor GSU Department of Psychology
Amna Shirazi, JD, Shirazi Law Group, Inc.
Yovany Diaz, Dreamer
Issues to be discussed include access to higher education, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and “Dreamers” fighting to be admitted to the top five schools in Georgia with in-state tuition.

  • Event: CineFiesta: First Annual GSU Latino Film Festival, made possible by GSU’s Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. | Gamma Pi Chapter.
  • Film: No, directed by Pablo Larraín, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers
  • Date/Time: October 9, 7:00pm
  • Location:Student Center Speakers Auditorium
  • Event: Taste of Latin America
  • Food from Colombia, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela
  • Date/Time: October 9, 6:00pm
  • Location: Dahlberg Hall

Get more out of Hispanic Heritage Month with these library resources:
Hispanic Immigrant Literature: El Sueño del Retorno by Nicolás Kanellos
Latino Food Culture by Z. Janer
Latinos and Education: A Critical Reader, Darder & Torres (Eds.)
The Ethnic Eye: Latino Media Arts by Chon Noriega and Ana López
Latinos on Campus: A Documentary by Roberto Arévalo

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CURVE Celebrates Grand Opening

On Wednesday, September 10th, CURVE kicked-off its official start with a ribbon cutting event.  The ceremony featured:

Opening remarks by

  • President Mark Becker
  • James Weyhenmeyer, VP for Research and Economic Development
  • Tammy Sugarman, Interim Dean of Libraries
  • Bryan Sinclair, Associate Dean for Public Services

Music by Paul Fischer
Research presentations by 19 faculty members, students, and staff.

Visit the CURVE site for more photos from the ceremony and for examples of the types of research being done in CURVE.

CURVE’s Fall semester hours are:

Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Neuroethics Conference on Regulating Human Mental Capacity

Nicole A. Vincent

Georgia State University will host the first “Neuro-Interventions and the Law Conference: Regulating Human Mental Capacity” to be held September 12-14 in the GSU Student University Center, 44 Courtland Street SE.

The conference is sponsored by the Atlanta Neuroethics Consortium and is coordinated by Nicole Vincent of the Department of Philosophy. The event will bring together some of the leading scholars in philosophy, law, and neuroscience to address how neuro-intervention can change a person’s mental capacity.

Headlined participants and key speakers will include Senior Judge Andre Davis (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit), Nita Farahany (Duke University), Walter Glannon (University of Calgary), Valerie Hardcastle (University of Cincinnati), Stephen Morse (University of Pennsylvania Law School), Thomas Nadelhoffer (College of Charleston), Justice David Nahmias (Supreme Court of Georgia), Chris Ryan (University of Sydney), Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University), Francis Shen (University of Minnesota), Katrina Sifferd (Elmhurst College), Nicole A Vincent (Georgia State University & Technische Universiteit Delft), and Paul Root Wolpe (Emory Center for Ethics).

Additional information about the conference, including the conference schedule, can be found at the website of the Atlanta Neuroethics Consortium.

To learn more about neuroscience, philosophy, and the law, check out some of the following books available in the University Library:

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Glass Plate Negatives of Downtown Atlanta, circa 1927

Dixie Sales Company, circa 1927

Dixie Sales Company, circa 1927

A collection of glass plate negatives from the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library have been digitized, and are now available in the Georgia State University Digital Collections.  The collection of nearly 100 images consists of downtown Atlanta storefronts and streets before the viaduct construction of 1927-1929. Later, some of these covered streets became part of what is now known as Underground Atlanta.

John Wright, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Special Collections Librarian, culled information from Atlanta City Directories and Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps to identify streets, storefront locations, and business names.

Questions about this collection should be directed to the Special Collections and Archives at 404-413-2880 or archives@gsu.edu.

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New Faculty Publication: Displaced by disaster: recovery and resilience in a globalizing world

Devastating hurricanes, earth-scorching wildfires and damaging tornadoes always happen somewhere far, far away from most Americans; or so they believe when they watch another disaster unfold on the news. And most times, they do.

However, no community is immune from the random nature of natural or man-made threats.

So every community should be prepared to respond to major disaster says Public Management and Policy professor Ann-Margaret Esnard. She tells why in her new book, Displaced by Disaster: Recovery and Resilience in a Globalizing World (Routledge, 2014), coauthored with Alka Sapat of Florida Atlantic University.

“We all live in a pre-disaster state,” says Esnard, a Georgia State University Second Century Initiative professor expert in disaster policy and preparedness. “We are all vulnerable to disasters, albeit differentially based on our location, the hazard, our socio-economic status and community resources.”

The book focuses on planning and recovery for those displaced, examining practices and policies in the United States and globally.

Esnard hopes it will encourage scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines – policymakers, emergency managers, planners, sociologists, anthropologists, public health officials and business professionals – to think about joint solutions to displacement, including the repeated and protracted displacement faced by the most vulnerable residents of U.S. communities.

Other works by Dr. Esnard include:

Mitsova, Diana, Ann-Margaret Esnard, and Yanmei Li. “Using Enhanced Dasymetric Mapping Techniques To Improve The Spatial Accuracy Of Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessments.” Journal Of Coastal Conservation (Springer Science & Business Media B.V.) 16.3 (2012): 355-372

Mitchell, Christine M., Ann-Margaret Esnard, and Alka Sapat. “Hurricane Events, Population Displacement, And Sheltering Provision In The United States.” Natural Hazards Review 13.2 (2012): 150-161.

Esnard, Ann-Margaret, Alka Sapat, and Diana Mitsova. “An Index Of Relative Displacement Risk To Hurricanes.” Natural Hazards 59.2 (2011): 833-859.

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Fall Semester Library Workshops

University Library will be offering workshops in technology and research skills to support research and curriculum activity on campus.   Refer to the Fall 2014 Library Workshops Guide to find out more or to register for a specific workshop.  Workshops will be added throughout the semester, so please check the guide periodically for updates.

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WSB Radio Log Books

WSB Radio Program Log: November 3-6, 1935

Log books from the WSB Radio records have been digitized and are now available online through the Digital Library of Georgia and the Digital Public Library of America .  These program and booking logs cover the time period from WSB’s inception in 1922 to 1949.  The logs include handwritten notes, technical information, Atlanta Journal clippings of program listings, and transcriptions of radio “conversations” between engineers at WSB and ham radio operators.

WSB (“Welcome South, Brother”) Radio was the first station to broadcast in the city of Atlanta in 1922.  Hailed as the “Voice of the South,” WSB Radio was an innovative pioneer with its many breakthrough practices, such as being the first radio station to use a slogan and broadcasting a Spanish translation of “Voice of America” programs to Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. WSB always remained on the cutting edge and more importantly, relevant.  Its presence continues to be felt in the city of Atlanta, throughout the nation, and worldwide.

Questions about this collection should be directed to Kevin Fleming, archivist, Popular Music and Culture Collection, at 404-413-2880 or archives@gsu.edu.

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Georgia State University Library releases Library Instruction Recorder plugin as Open Source

Library Instruction RecorderAs part of its commitment to the free culture movement, Georgia State University Library is pleased to announce the initial release of the Library Instruction Recorder (LIR). LIR is a free, open source WordPress plugin that allows librarians and library staff to record and report on library instruction sessions.

User education is a core value of Librarianship, and Georgia State University Library takes that commitment seriously by providing a variety of instruction sessions and self-directed learning tools to both students and faculty. To continue recording and reporting on library instruction sessions, the library needed a tool that was simple, easy-to-use, effective, and focused solely on library instruction needs – finding none, we decided to create our own!

LIR is available for download from the WordPress Plugin Directory, and the source code is available on BitBucket.

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New Faculty Publication: East Meets East: Chinese Discover the Modern World in Japan, 1854–1898: A Window on the Intellectual and Social Transformation of Modern China

cover, Douglas Reynolds, East Meets East
Department of History professor Douglas R. Reynolds, along with Carol Reynolds, has recently published the book East Meets East: Chinese Discover the Modern World in Japan, 1854–1898: A Window on the Intellectual and Social Transformation of Modern China (2014).

From the publishers’ information:

Through the lives of Chinese diplomats and their careers, East Meets East explores three important dimensions of modern Chinese history: Chinese discovery of the modern world in Japan; reports on Japan suppressed by higher authorities because of their insistent objectivity and non-Sinocentric perspective; and state-sponsored innovations to meet crises which opened the gates to intellectual and social transformations at the grassroots. Meaty reports on Japan directly informed the Hundred Days Reforms of 1898 while, inside China since 1861, extrabureaucratic government Ju (Bureaus)—industrial arsenals, navy yards, translation bureaus and schools, mines, shipping, textiles, telegraphy, and railroads—demanded the talents of “irregular path” (yitu) persons having new knowledge distinct from “regular path” (zhengtu) bureaucrats. Against this background it becomes much clearer why the Xinzheng modernization reforms after 1901 took hold and why after 1912 elites old and new rejected Yuan Shikai’s bid to restore the imperial order in 1915–16. After 1916, there was no going back. The old order and era were truly “gone with the wind.”

Prof. Reynolds specializes in modern Chinese history and teaches courses in all periods of Chinese and Japanese history. He is also the author of the following books:

and the following articles:

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