The Colgate Scene
November 2006

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Kerry Neville Bakken '94
(BkMk Press)

Of Necessary Lies, Bakken's first collection of short stories, the late Frederick Busch wrote: "Fully imagined, deeply felt, remarkably alert, and powerfully realized, the stories in Necessary Lies are all about finding the truth. Ms. Bakken's storytelling turns the clumsiness of human need into remarkable grace." The book begins with "The Effects of Light," a story of a brother traveling to Greece to retrieve the remains of his sister, who committed suicide.

Necessary Lies is the winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. Bakken teaches at Allegheny College and her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, StoryQuarterly, and Cimarron Review.

Andrew S. Dolkart '73
(University of Virginia Press)

"I trace my ancestry back to the Mayflower," writes Dolkart. "Not to the legendary ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth, Mass., in 1620, but to the more prosaic tenement on the southeast corner of East Broadway and Clinton Street named the Mayflower, where my father was born in 1914 to Russian-Jewish immigrants."

For Dolkart, the experience of being raised in a tenement became a metaphor for the life that was afforded countless thousands of other immigrant children growing up in lower Manhattan during the last century. In what Marta Gutman of the City College of New York calls "a fascinating history, very well written and researched, and lavishly illustrated," Dolkart presents a precise and informative biography that analyzes and interprets the architectural and social history of 97 Orchard Street, a typical tenement house in New York City that became, in 1988, the site for what is now the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Marjorie Pearson of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission praises the volume as presenting "much useful information about a subject that has been mythologized but little studied."
Robert W. Gregg '51
(Infinity Publishing)

A Death on Crooked Lake is the story of the murder of a wealthy and arrogant man who has moved to a peaceful lake in upstate New York as owner of one of the region's premier wineries. His arrival quickly upsets the lives of many of the lake's residents, and after he's murdered, the new local sheriff and the vacationing college professor who discovers the body face a difficult question: who among the victim's many enemies hated the man enough to kill him?

C. Norman Noble '57
(Ironwood Publishing of Arizona)

Changing of the Gods is a story of deception and intrigue in 66 A.D. Corinth, where two scoundrels propose to dig a canal across the Peloponnesian Isthmus. The narrative, setting, and plot action accurately portray Roman times, making it directly appealing to readers of ancient history. Noble began research on Changing of the Gods in the mid-1980s. Since then, he has visited Corinth three times, spending substantial time exploring the ancient ruin. In addition, he has made numerous visits to Rome.

Changing of the Gods is the first in a planned series of novels that will carry the adventure forward in time. Noble is a 40-year veteran of the aerospace industry, and now retired, he is the author of more than 100 technical articles, one published nonfiction book, and three novels.

Julian Padowicz '54
(Academy Chicago Publishers)

In 1939, Padowicz's mother was a spoiled beauty, a Warsaw socialite who had no talent for childrearing and no interest in it. She turned her son, who was Jewish, over to his governess, a Catholic, whom he called Kiki and loved with all his heart. When bombs began to fall on Warsaw, Padowicz's world crumbled. His beloved Kiki returned to her family in Lodz, his stepfather joined the Polish army, and the grief-stricken boy was left with the mother he hardly knew. Resourceful and determined, his mother did whatever was necessary to provide for her son. In the winter of 1940, as conditions worsened, Julian and his mother made a dramatic escape to Hungary on foot through the Carpathian mountains. In Mother and Me, described as part Anne Frank, part The Great Escape, and part Marx Brothers, there is both humor and pathos as Julian wrestles with his religious identity in the midst of a hideous war.

Sufia M. Uddin '88
(The University of North Carolina Press)

Highlighting the pluralistic nature of Islamic civilization, Uddin examines the complex history of Islamic state formation in Bangladesh, formerly the eastern part of the Indian province of Bengal. Focusing on significant moments in the region's history from medieval to modern times, Uddin examines the interplay of language, popular and scholarly religious literature, and the colonial experience as they contributed to the creation of a unique Bengali-Islamic identity. Uddin is associate professor of religious studies at the University of Vermont.

Robert Youker '55
(The World Bank)

Project management is the science and art of implementing projects according to predetermined schedule, cost, and performance criteria. When these implementation criteria are not met, projects are unlikely to succeed. This kit, on CD-ROM, provides a well-designed and tested set of print-based learning materials on project implementation management. The 12 modules -- among them "Understanding the Project and Project Management," "Building the Team," and "Executing and Controlling the Work" -- are designed to support trainers in preparing and delivering up to five weeks of face-to-face instruction, but they will also be of interest to anyone involved in managing projects.

Jordan Kerber, Ed.
(University of Nebraska Press)

Cross-Cultural Collaboration is an anthology of essays on Native American involvement in archaeology in the northeastern United States and on the changing relationship between archaeologists and tribes in the region. The contributors examine the process and the details of collaborative case studies, ranging from consultation in compliance with federal, state, and local legislation and regulations (including the National Historic Preservation Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) to voluntary cooperation involving education, research, and museum-related projects. They also discuss the ethical, theoretical, and practical importance of collaboration; the benefits and the pitfalls of such efforts; ways the process might be improved; and steps to achieve effective collaboration.

Kerber's own essay details case studies of collaborative archaeology projects conducted between Colgate and the nearby Oneida Nation of New York. Also among the contributors is Kerber's former archaeology student, Dixie Henry '96, who participated in his fall 1997 Native American Studies Study Group in Santa Fe and assisted him in summer archaeological workshops. Now a preservation officer with the Maryland Historical Trust, she co-wrote an essay (with Richard B. Hughes) on partnerships between archaeologists and the native peoples of Maryland.

Kerber is associate professor of sociology and anthropology and Native American studies.
F. Scott Kraly
(W.W. Norton & Company)

Readers with little background in neuroscience and physiology may find themselves at a loss trying to navigate between the knowns and the unknowns when it comes to understanding the intricacies of the brain. Brain Science and Psychological Disorders demystifies the field of neuroscience, offering a brisk, digestible narrative of how malfunctioning neurons and neurochemicals can result in psychological disorders. In doing so, Kraly explains the roles of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy in helping to repair various mental health problems, including depression and mania, anxiety, substance abuse, bulimia and anorexia, ADHD, and schizophrenia.

Kraly is Charles A. Dana Professor of psychology
Also of note:

The fourth edition of Retire and Thrive by Robert Otterbourg '51 has recently been released by Kaplan Business publishing. Unlike past editions, this publication focuses on the "boomers." There are new and updated profiles including a few Colgate folks (Arthur "Bud" Eisberg '65, Gregory Marotz '67, Garner Simmons '65, Jay Feldman '58, Kurt Loesch '48, and former longtime VP for Communications James Leach), and updated trend and demographic information.

Colgate bestsellers at the Colgate Bookstore
June Tree — Peter Balakian (English)
A Fine Place to Daydream — Bill Barich '65
The Last Settlers — Jennifer Brice (English)
The Memory Keeper's Daughter — Kim Edwards '81
Losing Moses on the Freeway — Chris Hedges '79
Cross-Cultural Collaboration — Jordan Kerber (anthropology and Native American studies)
Hooked — Bruce Knecht '80
I Got Somebody in Staunton — William Henry Lewis (English)
In the Arms of Our Elders — William Henry Lewis (English)
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