Summer Reading Suggestions

Last week the Law Library posted summer reading suggestions from their faculty.  We loved the idea (and suggestions) and decided to create our own list. Here are some books recommended by library employees for your summer reading enjoyment!

 

Laura Burtle
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson. This is a beautifully written, touching, and thoughtful novel where the main character lives through the first half of the 20th century over and over. The style is challenging at first, but it turns into a wonderful read. If you are ready for a true reading challenge, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace is certainly not easy (or short) but it is an engrossing story of tennis, addiction, family, advertising, film, and more themes than I could list. It is a book that has stayed with me years after reading it.  A few years ago there was even an online book club/support group called Infinite Summer.

La Loria Konata
Running for my life: one lost boy’s journey from the killing fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games by Lopez Lomong. This is a very inspirational book that should encourage you to tackle any challenges you may be facing.

Pam Lucas
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine. A love letter to literature and its power to define who we are. In this portrait of a reclusive woman’s late-life crisis, you’ll follow Aaliya’s digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut. Colorful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and Aaliya’s own volatile past. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left.

Leslie Madden
If you like smart, well written mysteries, I recommend: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin, and The Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox

Ida Martinez
At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcon. Born in Peru, raised in Birmingham, AL, and now living in San Francisco, Alarcon’s writing star has been rising for years. This one was noted as a “best” and “favorite” book of 2013 by NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, and others. Alarcon writes male characters very well.

In this book, a young South American man is having a hard time navigating life with a girlfriend, his widowed mom, and an absent brother. He’s an actor, and gets a part in a traveling show led by aging political dissidents, who have been his heroes. In one of the small isolated towns in the mountainous terrain where they are to perform their play, something happens. Something pretty intense. And then more intense things happen. And then more… Here’s more about the book at Goodreads.

Jason Puckett
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright. It’s a history of Scientology from its inception to the present. Wright spoke to current and former Scientologists and delved into the history of L. Ron Hubbard to come up with a book that’s part biography and part expose. He pays particular attention of how Scientology has come to be so influential over powerful people in Hollywood. It’s scary and fascinating stuff, and I couldn’t put it down.

Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh
Here is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History by Andrew Carroll. It’s a nice, light history lesson combined with travel log: “chronicles Andrew Carroll’s incredible journey across the United States to find unmarked locations associated with extraordinary individuals and pivotal events in our nation’s history.” (from book’s site).

He spoke last fall at the Carter Center (Pat, my spouse, and I went) – really engaging and down-to-earth guy, and it’s totally reflected in his writing. When he signed our book, I told him how when ALA was in New Orleans I went to the spot where the 30-block Storyville red-light prostitution district used to be (no historical marker) and thought, “Well, here is where… [censored]” He got a kick out of it. And, heck, if you’re interested in learning more about Storyville, there are a few books in the library on that, too.

Jaclyn Werner
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. Fussy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a well-respected pillar of a small-town community. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd frequently tops lists of greatest mystery novels of all time–and when you reach the ending, you’ll see why.

 

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Recent Research in Criminal Justice

Dr. Joshua Hinkle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Georgia State University and an Affiliated Scholar for the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. His research focuses on issues related to the effectiveness of police tactics in reducing crime and disorder and the impact of police tactics on targeted communities. In particular, his recent research has focused on hot spots and broken windows based policing tactics and their impacts on fear of crime, collective efficacy and police legitimacy. Other recent research has included testing the broken windows theory, studies of the methodologies used to measure disorder and fear of crime and randomized experimental evaluation methodology.  Here’s some of his research in those areas:

Hinkle, J. C. (2013). The relationship between disorder, perceived risk, and collective efficacy: A look into the indirect pathways of the broken windows thesisCriminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal Of Crime, Law & Society, 26(4), 408-432.

Weisburd, D., & Hinkle, J. C. (2012). The importance of randomized experiments in
evaluating crime prevention. In Brandon C. Welsh and David P. Farrington (eds.), The Oxford Handbook on Crime Prevention  (pp. 446-465). New York: Oxford University Press.

Weisburd, D., Hinkle, J.C.,  Famega, C., & Ready, J. (2011). The possible “backfire” effects of hot spots policing: An experimental assessment of impacts on legitimacy, fear and collective efficacyJournal of Experimental Criminology, 7, 297-320.

Hinkle, J. C., & Weisburd, D. (2008). The irony of broken windows policing: A micro-place study of the relationship between disorder, focused police crackdowns and fear of crime. Journal of Criminal Justice, 36, 503-512.

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Recent Research by Gerontology Professor Morgan

GSU Gerontology Professor Jennifer Craft Morgan

GSU Gerontology Professor Jennifer Craft Morgan

Meet Professor Jennifer Craft Morgan, who joined the GSU Gerontology Institute in 2012.

According to her departmental profile, Dr. Morgan’s “research focuses on jobs and careers, attempting to understand how policy, population, workplace and individual level factors shape how work is experienced and how work is organized” and she “uses a life course perspective” in her research, “paying particular attention to issues of social stratification related to aging and gender.”  As well, she has been involved in several grant-funded research projects.

Check out some of Dr. Morgan’s recent publications:

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Recent Research by Gerontology Professor Mingo

GSU Gerontology Professor Chivon Mingo

GSU Gerontology Professor Chivon Mingo

Meet Professor Chivon Mingo, who joined the GSU Gerontology Institute in 2012.

According to her departmental profile, Dr. Mingo’s current research “has concentrated on identifying reasons for arthritis health disparities and ways to address those health disparities through community-based healthcare interventions” as well as draw on this research “as a template to address disparities in other conditions (e.g., cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes) through community-based health care interventions.”

Check out Dr. Mingo’s recent publications:

 

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Panel Discussion on the Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

"Women refugees from Syria queue to register on arrival at the Za'atari camp in Jordan. 26 Jan 2013." Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license (CC BY-SA 2.0), courtesy of the UK Department for International Development.

The Department of Religious Studies is proud to sponsor a panel discussion on the humanitarian crisis in Syria, titled:

Syria the Human Toll: Prospects for Reconciliation and Redevelopment

Date/Time: Thursday, May 8, 7:00 PM

Place: Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, 441 Freedom Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30307

Description: “Not since the Rwandan genocide has the world seen a humanitarian crisis like the one caused by Syria’s civil war. As the conflict enters its fourth year nine million people have been displaced, the education system is in ruin and the country’s medical system is near total collapse. With religious extremism on the rise and opposition groups divided, the prospects for peace remain elusive for the near future. While much international attention is focused on political processes that will lead to a cessation of conflict and a peace settlement, Syria’s humanitarian crisis continues to deepen. Governments and private donors are focused on the challenges of meeting immediate needs for food, shelter and medical care. But, what are the prospects for the future? This public discussion with policy, NGO and academic experts provides an opportunity for stakeholders to share their perspectives on the challenges of post conflict reconciliation and redevelopment in Syria.”

Panelists

  • Basma Atassi: Journalist, Aljazeera
  • Hrair Balian: Director, Conflict Resolution Program, The Carter Center
  • Karen Betts: Foreign Policy Counsellor, UK Embassy, Washington DC
  • Juan Cole: Professor of History, University of Michigan
  • John Blevins: Associate Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University

Moderator

Cosponsors include, the Laney Graduate School, the Institute for Developing Nations; the Carter Center,the British Council, and Georgia State University.

The event is free and open to the public. Kindly RSVP to jphil22@emory.edu or 404.727.1438.

To learn more, check out a few of the following books available in the University Library:

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“If there’s any conflict over the inheritance, I’ll come back and haunt you.”*

Anyone who has experienced (or anticipates) the family feuding that often ensues over inheritance will find Georgia State University Gerontology Institute Professor Candace Kemp’s recent publication of interest:

GSU Gerontology Prof. Candace Kemp

GSU Gerontology Prof. Candace Kemp

de Witt, L., Campbell, L., Ploeg, J., Kemp, C., & Rosenthal, C. (2013). “You’re saying something by giving things to them:” Communication and family inheritance. European Journal Of Ageing, 10(3), 181-189.

Drawing from a content analysis of 50 face-to-face in-depth interviews with Canadian men and women aged 59–96, which were analyzed using NVivo qualitative data analysis software, Dr. Kemp and her co-authors found “four themes regarding the role of communication in family inheritance including: (a) avoiding conflict and preserving biological ties, (b) resisting conversations about possessions, (c) achieving confidence with possession communication, and (d) lasting effects.”  They also found that “participants with past positive inheritance experiences with parents adopted similar strategies when communicating their own inheritance wishes” and that “negative messages conveyed to participants by their parent’s wills inspired participants to communicate in opposite ways in their own inheritance planning.” [quote from article abstract]

Also check out these other resources on this topic at the University Library and the College of Law Library:

*Blog post title is a paraphrased quotation from a research subject in this study.

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New Publication: Rush-Hour Traffic

Angela Overton is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Her areas of interest include state crime and international criminal law violations, feminist issues, inequality/injustice and international institutions of social control, as well as the intersection of social control and social justice. Her recent co-publication:

Stone, Maryann, Overton, Angela et al. (2014). “Rush-Hour Traffic: Self-Presentation of Defendant’s in Speedy Traffic Court Cases.”  Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law, and Society.

utilizes observatory research…to better understand differences in physical presentation and demeanor in traffic court. Further, judges that work in traffic court were interviewed to see how they understood the importance of presentation of self. Data indicate that most of those who appear in traffic court aim to present themselves professionally and behave with respect while in court. This appears to be a wise decision because judges tended to think that presentation of self was an important variable in their courtroom and how they evaluated cases. Still, differences in presentation of self appeared in the courtroom especially with regard to dress – extremely casual to orange jumpsuits. Finally, we argue that while modern defendants aim to present professionally the overall ‘professional’ presentation of self, even in the courtroom, is casual dress. - Abstract

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Dr. Altman and Dr. Barzegar Awarded NEH Grant

Dr. Andrew Altman

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Altman and Dr. Abbas Barzegar who have been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities for the purpose of developing and teaching a new course: “What is Religious Tolerance? Ethical Perspectives from Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Secular Traditions.”

Dr. Altman is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Philosophy who specializes in legal and political philosophy, with a focus on contemporary topics such as human rights, discrimination, genocide, and freedom of expression.

Dr. Abbas Barzegar

Dr. Barzegar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. His research interests include Islamic sectarian polemics, Islamic historiography and hadith criticism, contemporary Islamic political movements, Shi’ism, and Islam in America.

The award is funded under NEH’s Enduring Questions program, which supports faculty members seeking to develop courses that will encourage undergraduates to grapple with a fundamental question of human life by reading the works of influential thinkers from the past and present.

Selected publications for Dr. Altman include:

Selected publications for Dr. Barzegar include:

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Philosophy Professor to Appear on TEDxSydney

Dr. Nicole Vincent will present a talk on TedxSydney on April 26.  Dr. Vincent is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, specializing in neurolaw. She obtained a PhD in philosophy of tort law from the University of Adelaide, Australia.  Later that year she became affiliated with the Philosophy Section at Technische Universiteit Delft in The Netherlands, initially working on Dr Gert-Jan Lokhorst’s neurolaw research project entitled “The Brain and The Law;” and then as chief investigator of the international research project “Enhancing Responsibility: The Effects of Cognitive Enhancement on Moral and Legal Responsibility.” From 2011 until 2013 she was a research fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University in Sydney, working on a project entitled “Reappraising the Capacitarian Foundation of Neurolaw.” In August 2013 she joined the Department of Philosophy at Georgia State University as Associate Professor of Philosophy, Law and Neuroscience.

TED is a US based not-for-profit enterprise started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment & Design. TEDxSydney is an independently organised event licensed from TED that has become a “leading platform and pipeline for the propagation of Australian ideas, creativity, innovation and culture to the rest of the world.” Visit the TEDxSydney website for a schedule of events.

Recent publications by Dr. Vincent include:

 

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Tracking your scholarly impact

Google Scholar Citations is a great multi-disciplinary citation tracking tool for showing evidence of scholarly impact for promotion and tenure, as well as your CV or faculty page.  In minutes, you can set up a customized page listing your works, citation counts, and h-index.   You also have the option to include research interests and URLs of websites or other online content you have created.

To be notified when new publications cite any of the works in your profile, an alert can be created.  Researcher profiles are searchable by name or research interest.  Conversely, profiles are searchable in Google Scholar if set to public view.

For more on scholarly impact, go to the Scholarly Impact Tools research guide.

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