The Colgate Scene
July 2008

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Robert Brinkerhoff '64 (co-authored with Tim Mooney)
(Berrett-Koehler Publishers)

Courageous Training outlines the principles and practices of trainers who achieve breakthrough results by departing from the usual approaches. The authors lay out "Four Pillars of Courageous Training," illustrating each withcareal-life examples that highlight specific concepts, methods, and tools. Also, four case studies written by training leaders in major organizations show the actions they took to produce measurable business results.

Robert Brinkerhoff received the 2008 Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance award by the American Society for Training and Development.

Walter Broughton '63
(Arcadia Publishing)

Using vintage photographs, Lake Carey tells the story of a summer community located in the Endless Mountains of northeast Pennsylvania. Walter Broughton, who has been summering in Lake Carey for 15 years, has documented how the people who gather there have retained their strong sense of community as the area has changed over the years.

Andrew Cort '74
(CreateSpace)

In Return to Meaning, Andrew Cort describes the inner journey of creation and return that is revealed by the Greek Myths, the Torah, the Gospels, and the Quran. He demonstrates the stunning underlying unity of Western religious traditions, whose common aim is to enlighten the soul and restore a sense of meaning and purpose to our lives and culture.

Andrew Cort '74
(CreateSpace)

From Joshua to Jesus can be read alone or as a companion piece to Return to Meaning. Andrew Cort delves into the history and legends of the 1,200 years between the conquering of the Promised Land and the birth of Jesus. It includes the stories of Saul, David, and Solomon, the building of the Temple and the origin of the Freemason legend, the influence of Aristotle and Epicurus, Judah Maccabee and the story of Chanukah, the canonization of the Hebrew Bible, Caesar and Cleopatra, the Roman oppression, and more.

David M. Edelstein '94
(Cornell University Press)

In Occupational Hazards, David Edelstein elucidates the successes of military occupations and what he considers to be their more frequent failures. Edelstein has identified 26 cases since 1815 in which an outside power seized control of a territory where the occupying party had no long-term claim on sovereignty. In a book that has implications for present-day policy, he draws evidence from such historical cases as well as from four current occupations — Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq — where the outcome is not yet known, and he prescribes a course of action for the future.

Chris Hedges '79
(Free Press)

I Don't Believe in Atheists states that there are two radical, polarized, and dangerous sides to the debate on faith and religion in America: the fundamentalists who see religious faith as their prerogative, and the new atheists who brand all religious belief as irrational and dangerous. Both sides use faith to promote a radical agenda, while the religious majority is caught in the middle, Chris Hedges writes.

The author critiques the radical mindset against religion and faith. He identifies the pillars of the new atheist belief system, revealing that the stringent rules and rigid traditions in place are as strict as those of any religious practice. Hedges claims that those who have placed blind faith in the morally neutral disciplines of reason and science create idols in their own image. He makes a case against religious and secular fundamentalism, which seeks to divide the world into those worthy of moral and intellectual consideration and those who should be condemned, silenced, and eradicated.

Derek S. Hyra '96
(The University of Chicago Press)

Two of the most celebrated black neighborhoods in the United States — Harlem in New York City and Bronzeville in Chicago — were once plagued by crime, drugs, and abject poverty. But now both have transformed into increasingly trendy and desirable neighborhoods with old buildings being rehabbed, new luxury condos being built, and banks opening branches in areas that were once redlined. In The New Urban Renewal, Derek S. Hyra offers an illuminating exploration of the complicated web of factors — local, national, and global — driving the remarkable revitalization of these two iconic black communities. Hyra combines his personal experiences as a resident of both communities with deft historical analysis to investigate who has won and who has lost in the new urban renewal.

Louis Markos '86
(Sapientia Press, 2007)

Louis Markos places the poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson in the context of the crisis of faith that marked the Victorian Age, whose notable figures included Thomas Carlyle, Charles Darwin, John Ruskin, Matthew Arnold, Thomas Huxley, John Henry Newman, and John Stuart Mill. He explains that the Victorians were the first people to face directly the challenges, confusions, and upheavals of the modern world. Markos suggests that it is their struggles — especially those with faith, science, consumerism, and progress — that are most like our own, and it is therefore their solutions that most demand our attention.

Willard Thompson '62
(Rincon Publishing)

Set against the backdrop of the Santa Barbara Mission in the early 1800s, Dream Helper tells the story of a young Chumash Indian woman's struggles to protect her traditional values in a world gone suddenly unfamiliar and hostile. She fights to maintain her birthright in the face of Spanish soldiers and the efforts of Franciscan priests to convert the Native Americans to Catholicism. Willard Thompson's novel, told through the eyes of Chumash people, Franciscan priests, and Presidio soldiers, depicts the cultural clash between the Chumash people of central California and the Franciscan missionaries sent from Spain to Mission Santa Barbara, in a historically accurate setting.

Anthony Aveni
(Thames & Hudson)

Few people can accurately identify the stars and constellations, the phases of the moon, or the hour and position of sunrise, but our forebears had an intimate relationship with the heavens. In People and the Sky, Anthony Aveni explores how throughout most of human history, storytellers found meaning in the dance of the cosmic denizens. Today, many aspects of this intimate contact between daily life and what happens in the sky have disappeared. Did our ancestors have an understanding of the cosmos that we ourselves lack? How and why did it all happen? Aveni addresses these questions and more.

Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of astronomy and anthropology and Native American studies.

Vic Mansfield
(Templeton Foundation Press)

Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics: Toward a Union of Love and Knowledge addresses the complex issues of dialogue and collaboration between Buddhism and science. While assuming no technical background in Buddhism or physics, the book strongly responds to the Dalai Lama's "heartfelt plea" for genuine collaboration between science and Buddhism. The Dalai Lama wrote the foreword to the book and his office will translate it into both Chinese and Tibetan.

In a clear and engaging way, Mansfield shows how the principle of emptiness, the philosophic heart of Tibetan Buddhism, connects intimately to quantum nonlocality and other foundational features of quantum mechanics. The book concludes with a response to the question: "How does this expedition through the heart of modern physics and Tibetan Buddhism — from quantum mechanics, relativity, and cosmology, to emptiness, compassion, and disintegratedness — apply to today's painfully polarized world?"

Jing M. Wang
(University of Wisconsin Press)

From the 1920s to 1940s, a genre emerged in Chinese literature that would reveal crucial contradictions in Chinese culture that still exist today. At a time of intense political conflict, Chinese women began to write autobiography, a genre that focused on personal identity and self-exploration rather than the national, collective identity that the country was championing. When "I" Was Born reclaims these writers' voices, which have been misinterpreted and overlooked for decades. By tracing the path of this literary movement, Jing Wang reveals the way in which these women writers redefined gender roles and the evolving identity of women in modern Chinese society.

Wang is assistant professor of Chinese.
Also of note:

In Insider's Guide to Gum Disease, Orthodontics and Dentistry (iUniverse, Inc.), David C. Dibenedetto '76, DMD, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the world of dentistry while teaching about jaw function, how to determine what you want from your orthodontist, and tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Colgate bestsellers at the Colgate Bookstore
In An Instant — Bob '83 and Lee '82 Woodruff
The Comeback Season — Jennifer Smith '03
Inventing the "American Way" — Wendy L. Wall (history)
Saturday Rules — Austin Murphy '83
Black Dog of Fate — Peter Balakian (English)
Who Killed the Electric Car (DVD) — Chris Paine '83
Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics — Vic Mansfield (physics and astronomy, emeritus — deceased)
The Memory Keeper's Daughter — Kim Edwards '81
Dark Horse — Mike Langan '91
People and the Sky — Tony Aveni (astronomy and anthropology and Native American studies)
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