Chris Benfey has written the introduction to the re-issue of Kakuzo Okakura’s, The Book of Tea. The latter appeared in 1906 and the re-issue is with Penguin Classics, 2010 (New York and London). As Chris’s very engaging (and, I suspect, brilliant) introductory essay relates, Okakura, and his book, are not what they seem.
Bettina Bergmann has an extraordinary essay entitled “New Perspectives on the Villa of Publius Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale” in the Spring 2010 edition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin that she edited along with S. de Caro, J.R. Mertens, and R. Meyer. Her essay, and the others, have photographs of fragments of frescoes on the walls of this villa (which had been buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE.) together with photographs of virtual reality reconstructions of the villa. Some of Bettina’s virtual reality reconstructions take the form of a photograph taken from interior spaces of the villa looking out, to other rooms or interior spaces within the villa, or to the exterior landscape.
Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, received a $30,000 grant from the Sundance Documentary Film Fund to support production and post-production activities of their feature documentary Sembene!
Gary Gillis just heard unofficially that he has received a National Science Foundation grant for just under $200,000.
Last year Rie Hachiyanagi was invited to visit Joshibi University as part of an international exchange exhibition involving four American colleges and universities. The exhibit resulted in the following beautiful, bilingual catalog entitled: Paper Works, Japan+U.S. Collegiate International Exchange Exhibition, Joshibi University of Art and Design, 2010. Rie’s work and exhibit of handmade papers, entitled Paper Thin Difference, are featured prominently in the catalog.
The Matt Haimovitz CD album Meeting of the Spirits, on which David Sanford did all the arrangements, is one of the five nominees for the 2010 Grammy awards in the Best Classical Crossover Album category. David took a bunch of jazz masterpieces and gloriously rearranged them for a big band of cellos.
In 2005, Eleanor Townsley taught a course Sociology 224 which together with the Class of 1955 resulted in a book and a DVD, edited by Joan W. Ripley `55 and Nancy L. Mohr `55, entitled Uncommon Women Together – Generations Apart. The book and DVD have just come out (and they are really neat).
Martha Ackmann, Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, The First woman to play Professional Baseball in the Negro League, Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2010.
Patricia Banks, Art and Identity Among the Black Upper-Middle Class, London and New York: Routledge, 2010.
Carolyn Collete and Harold Garrett-Goodyear (eds.), The Later Middle Ages: A Sourcebook, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Steve McKillup and Melinda Darby Dyar, Geostatistics Explained: An Introductory Guide for Earth Scientists, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Corinne Demas, The Writing Circle, New York: Hyperion, 2010.
Joe Ellis, First Family: Abigail & John Adams. New York: Knopf, 2010.
Larry Fine, E. Fishbane, O.N. Rose (eds.), Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections. Woodstock: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2010.
Samba Gadjigo (trans by Moustapl Diop), Ousmane Sembène: The Making of a Militant Artist, Indiana University Press, 2010.
Lowell Gudmundson, Justin Wolfe (eds.), Blacks and Blackness in Central America: Between Race and Place, Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.
Mohammed Jiyad, al-Jaleys, Part One: A proficiency Based Book for Teaching and Learning Arabic Language and Culture, Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.
Mohammed Jiyad, al-Jaleys, Part Two: A proficiency Based Book for Teaching and Learning Arabic Language and Culture, Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.
Mohammed Jiyad, al-Jaleys, Part Three: A proficiency Based Book for Teaching and Learning Arabic Language and Culture, Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.
Mohammed Jiyad, 101 Fundamental Arabic Grammar Rules: A Short Reference for Arabic Syntactic, Morphological and Phonological Rules for Novice and Intermediate Levels of Proficiency, Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.
Stephen Jones (ed.), War and Revolution in the Caucasus: George Ablaze, Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2010.
Sharukh Khan, Jens Christiansen (eds.), Towards New Developmentalism: Markets as means rather than master, London and New York: Routledge, 2010.
Jeff Knight (ed.), Salem Health Genetics and Inherited Conditions, Volume 1, Aarskog syndrome – Galactosemia, Pasadena: Salem Press, 2010.
Sara London, The Tyranny of Milk, New York: Four Way Books, 2010.
Roberto Marquez, A World among These Islands: Essays on Literature, Race and National Identity in Antillean America, Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2010.
Mark McMenamin, Paleotorus: The Laws of Morphogenetic Evolution, South Hadley: Meanma Press, 2009.
Chris Pyle and R. Pious, The Constitution Under Siege: Presidential Power versus the Rule of Law, Carolina Academic Press, 2010.
Teresa Shawcross, The Chronicle of Morea: Historiography in Crusader Greece, Oxford University Press, 2009.
John Varriano, Wine: A Cultural History, London: Reaktion Books, 2010.
Wendy Watson, with K.S. Abbot and A. and J. Rothe, The Art of Devotion: Panel Painting in Early Renaissance Italy, Lebanon: University Press of New England.
Ronaldo Wilson, Poems of the Black Object, New York: Futurepoem Books, 2009.
SOME *REALLY* INTERESTING PAPERS:
Jane Crosthwaite, “Shaker Messages from Mary Magdalene and John Calvin” in American Communal Societies Quarterly, Vol 3 (no. 4), 2009.
Edwina Cruise, “Tracking the English novel in Anna Karenina: who wrote the English novel that Anna reads?” in Anniversary Essays on Tolstoy, D.T. Orwin (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
James Harold (with H. Maibom), “Without Taste: Psychopaths and the Appreciation of Art” to appear in La Nouvelle Revue Française d’Esthétique.
Robert Shaw, “Fountain Pen Poetry” in the spring issue of the Alabama Literary Review (an essay and poems).
Preston Smith, “The Chicago School of Human Ecology and the Ideology of Black Civic Elites” in Reviewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of African American Thought, A. Reed and K.W. Warren (eds.), Boulder: Paradigm Press, 2010.