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"We Live in the Shadow"
Elaine Bell Kaplan, author of "We Live in the Shadow," discussed her book on C-Span's Book TV's College Series. The interview, recorded in April, aired last weekend on the cable network.

Not from Here
Allan Johnson, author of Not from Here, will be a guest on "Conversations Live" on WMPR (various stations) on July 6 at 1:00 pm EST.

Conceiving Masculinity
Liberty Walther Barnes participated in a podcast about her book, Conceiving Masculinity, for the journal Gender and Society.

Hot Off The Press
  • American Heathens The Politics of Identity in a Pagan Religious Movement
    Jennifer Snook

    "American Heathens is an extremely valuable work of highly original and well-grounded scholarship. This book is a quantum leap forward beyond what earlier scholars have done. Snook provides a theoretically astute analysis of the Heathen movement, and a much more nuanced discussion of the dynamics of such issues as gender roles, communal identity formation, and relationships to other New Religious Movement and mainstream American society and religion than other works on this topic. I fully expect that American Heathens will become a standard work in the emerging sub-field of Pagan Studies, and be of great interest to scholars and teachers."—Michael Strmiska, Assistant Professor of World History at SUNY-Orange, and author of Modern Paganism in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives

  • Klezmer Music and Community in Twentieth-Century Jewish Philadelphia
    Hankus Netsky

    "Klezmer breaks new ground by providing a localized musical portrait of a klezmer community outside the New York area. Netsky makes significant efforts by combining detailed and wide-ranging interviews, personal narrative, and scholarly analysis. His experience with and access to the Philadelphia klezmer scene is unparalleled; his substantial long-term research, including interviews with many klezmorim who have since passed away, is clearly a treasure. Klezmer provides a fascinating, satisfying, and deeply textured picture of a community and its musicians through years of transition."—Judah M. Cohen, Lou & Sybil Mervis Professor in the Study of Jewish Culture at Indiana University, and author of The Making of a Reform Jewish Cantor: Musical Authority, Cultural Investment

  • The Phenomenology of Dance
    Maxine Sheets-Johnstone

    "Not all pioneering works become classics, but Maxine Sheets-Johnstone's The Phenomenology of Dance has. Like her other philosophical works—and like dance at its best—this one brims with vitality, originality, force, clarity, and conviction. It moves within dance performance and the aesthetic appreciation of dance and engages phenomenology as a living method of description with the dynamic lived-experience of dancing. It is precisely because creativity is at the heart of dance, and indeed at the core of the person as interpersonal, that education itself can and should, as Sheets-Johnstone suggests, become a means to creativity, performance, and criticism—a means to dance."—Anthony J. Steinbock, Director, Phenomenology Research Center, and Professor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

  • The Mutual Housing Experiment New Deal Communities for the Urban Middle Class
    Kristin M. Szylvian

    "Highlighting little known connections between New Deal visionaries, labor leaders, and modernist architects, Kristin Szylvian's important book tells the story of an ingenious WWII-era housing initiative aimed at America's middle-income families. Mutual Housing offered a new kind of homeownership based on cooperative principles, community design, and cutting-edge construction techniques. Szylvian presents engaging vignettes of the experimental communities, some still in existence, organized on this basis. The Mutual Housing Experiment is a must-read for everyone interested in the history of American housing policy and design, as well as everyone searching for solutions to the housing problems of today"—Gail Radford, Professor of History, State University of New York at Buffalo, and author of Modern Housing for America: Policy Struggles in the New Deal Era

  • Religion and Political Tolerance in America Advances in the State of the Art
    edited by Paul A. Djupe

    "Religion and Political Tolerance in America is a terrific volume. Paul Djupe has recruited top scholars in the discipline, and he and his contributors provide original, rigorous research that nicely complements the religion literature on clergy, public opinion, and social psychology. It brings the scholarly treatment of tolerance up to date, addresses key debates, and provides important coverage. Religion and Political Tolerance in America makes a significant contribution to the literature."—Elizabeth A. Oldmixon, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas

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We celebrate the Fourth of July with books on American History including: American History Now edited by Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr; Upon the Ruins of Liberty, by Roger Aden; Tasting Freedom by Daniel Biddle and Murray Dubin; Sex and the Founding Fathers by Thomas Foster; and The Spirits of America by Eric Burns.

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