The Colgate Scene
March 2006

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John W. Budd '87 and James G. Scoville, editors
(Cornell University Press)

In recent years, by following media coverage of many scandals of accounting and accountability, the public has gained a greater understanding of what can happen when businesses do not adhere to ethical practices. Essays in The Ethics of Human Resources and Industrial Relations discuss ethics in employment relationships, such as rights of the employees versus shareholders, employee privacy and monitoring, whistleblowing, pay equity, discrimination, and more. It is now time, the book says, for the human resources and industrial relations communities to explore the application of ethics to the employment relationship and to discover the importance of treating employees, not just numbers, properly.

Derrick Darby '88 and Tommie Shelby, editors
(Open Court)

Is there too much violence in hip-hop music? What's the difference between Kimberly Jones and the artist Lil' Kim? Is hip-hop culture a "black" thing? Witty, provocative essays ponder these and other questions, linking the searing cultural issues implicit -- and often explicit -- in hip hop to the weighty matters examined by the great philosophers of the past. The book shows that rap classics by Lauryn Hill, OutKast, and the Notorious B.I.G. can help uncover the meanings of love articulated in Plato's Symposium; it explores the connection between Run-D.M.C., Snoop Dogg, and Hegel; and it demonstrates that Rakim, 2Pac, and Nas can shed light on the conception of God's essence expressed in St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica. Hip Hop & Philosophy delights in showing how a love for rhymes over beats and for pure reason, far from being incompatible, can be mastered and mixed to contemplate life's most profound mysteries.

Edward "Ted" Dunn '42
(Vantage Press, Inc.)

In any given one-year period, 9.5 percent of the population, or about 18.8 million American adults, suffer from a depressive illness. Living with Depressive Illness and Finding Joy Again serves as a guide for those seeking information about the causes and treatments for depression. Dunn explores the symptoms of depression and the most common types of depressive illness, and he writes of his own experiences with depression and how family, as well as mental health professionals, helped him. He delivers 25 suggestions for living with depression and finding joy.

Selected and translated by George Economou '87
(Modern Library)

Acts of Love is poet and scholar Economou's collection of translated works by ancient and early Byzantine Greek poet masters. It explores the power of sexual desire and the way in which it pleased and tormented mankind for thousands of years. The poetry gathered pays tribute to passion and to the power that Aphrodite and her son, Eros, hold over mortals. Timeless themes -- heartache, lust, bliss, and longing -- take center stage in vivid, modern language. With Economou's unique ability to transform ancient Greek poetry into an accessibly modern form, he provides readers the ability to ache, yearn, and desire along with the poets of the past.

Edited and translated by John Miles Foley '69
(Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica)

Halil Bajgori'c, a 37-year-old farm laborer and epic bard, performed on June 13, 1935, a 1030-line version of a South Slavic oral epic poem to which its collectors, Milman Parry and Albert Lord, assigned the title The Wedding of Mustajbey's Son Be'cirbey. This experimental edition of the traditional tale includes an original-language transcription, an English translation, a performance-based commentary, a portrait of the singer, and a glossary of idiomatic phrases and narrative units. Foley was awarded the Modern Language Association Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition for this edition.

Bruce Guernsey '66
(Water Press and Media)

Called "a lonely, haunted and haunting, moving book" and "a powerful indictment of war, of how we bear its scars for life," Guernsey's The Lost Brigade was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Letters. With three parts and more than 40 poems, the book is hailed by reviewers as "a stirring meditation on loss" and is declared "a history, to be read and remembered." Guernsey is distinguished professor emeritus at Eastern Illinois University, where he taught for 25 years. He has been honored with fellowships in writing by the NEA, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Edited by Michael Johnston
(University Press of America)

Based on a yearlong series of events sponsored by Colgate's Center for Ethics and World Societies, Civil Society and Corruption analyzes those issues from several perspectives and in several parts of the world. Strong civil societies play a major role in controlling corruption, the book notes, and reformers agree that citizens, both individual and organized, should be involved in reform. One section of this volume considers corruption as a fact of everyday life; a second analyzes techniques and incentives involved in mobilizing civil society; and a third provides a unique guide to information resources on corruption and reform.

Johnston is the Charles A. Dana Professor of political science.
Phillip M. Richards
(Peter Lang Publishing Group)

Black Heart is a provocative and polemical critique of African American literary studies at the beginning of the 21st century. Through a series of essays on a wide range of critical thinkers, Richards traces what he sees as an erosion of moral reflection in African American literary culture -- a process that has left contemporary black academic criticism socially, politically, and culturally hollow. Exploring the work of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Michael Dyson, Karla Holloway, and others, Black Heart sets forth the rhetorical strategies of present-day African American critical writing, and probes the ethical dimensions of its institutional life in the academy, the media, and the public sphere. Richards undertakes to recover the procedures by which cultural and moral value may be recovered for black literary culture and to establish the possibilities for a new humanism in African American writing and literary culture.

Richards is an associate professor of English. (See Q&A.)

Mark Klein '76

Klein, also known as the "CorpJester," is a professional entertainer, serving as master of ceremonies, stand-up comedian, and speaker at business banquets and luncheons. He has appeared on A&E's Comedy on the Road and Showtime's Comedy Club Network.

His new A Comic Journey DVD features a 45-minute comedy show filmed at his home club, The Comedy Caravan, in Louisville, Ky. It also contains archival footage from past shows, including a rare Harry the Wrestler sketch with former comedy teammate Bob Batch and documentary footage from CBS's profile of Klein (48 Hours -- "Comedy Road Warrior"). A history of Klein's comedy and career development are offered as additional menu selections.

Also of note:

Smudge Bunny, the first children's book by Dr. Bernie Siegel '53, was published by Starseed Press.

Colgate bestsellers at the Colgate Bookstore
Book of the Year: A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays — Anthony Aveni (astronomy/anthropology/Native American studies)
Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir — Peter Balakian (English)
Burning Tigris — Peter Balakian (English)
They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven — Ken Baker '92
Metallica: This Monster Lives — Joe Berlinger '83
North — Frederick Busch (literature, emeritus)
Opening the Bible — Roger Ferlo '73
Losing Moses on the Freeway — Chris Hedges '79
I Got Somebody in Staunton — William Henry Lewis (English)
The Smart Girl's Guide to Sports — Liz Hartman Musiker '80
Black Heart: The Moral Life of Recent African American Letters — Phillip M. Richards (English)
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