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Visiting Position UWM (4/1/12)

The Women’s Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers a BA and minor, graduate certificate, MA, and MA/MLIS. The Program seeks a visiting assistant professor for the 2012-2013 academic year, prepared to teach feminist theory and feminist research methods at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching load is three courses per semester, with some advising responsibilities.

Completion of Ph.D. by start date, and research, training or scholarship sufficient to teach graduate feminist research methods and feminist theory are required. Demonstrated commitment to Women’s Studies, expertise in transnational feminisms or sexuality studies desirable.

Applicants should upload letter of application, curriculum vitae, and writing sample of 25 pages or fewer (upload to “Other 1”) to this URL: http://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/7816. Three letters of recommendation should be sent by email to: Prof. Gwynne Kennedy (gkennedy@uwm.edu), Director, Women’s Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2012. UWM is an AA/EEO employer.


Lectureship in Political Philosophy/Political Theory, Lancaster University 3/30/12

Lecturer in Political Philosophy/Political Theory

Politics, Philosophy and Religion
Salary: £31,948 to £35,938
Closing Date: Friday 30 March 2012
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: A388

The recently formed Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Political Philosophy/Political Theory.

You are expected to be research active, have excellent teaching abilities and have relevant administrative skills. We encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds (Philosophy, Politics and related fields), but you must be capable of teaching modern political philosophy/ political theory at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition, candidates with applied research/teaching experience (such as in applied ethics and/or policy or legal fields), with distance learning experience and/or who are capable of structuring their teaching to attract students from outside the traditional boundaries of Politics and Philosophy are particularly encouraged.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Robert Geyer, Head of Department, r.geyer@lancaster.ac.uk.

Further details are available at: http://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A388


Posting Your Thesis to ProQuest Just Got Easier with New Topic Guide

Many graduate students completing theses and dissertations at Villanova are required to post them to Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest). Posting your thesis gives scholars all over the world access to your work. Because your thesis becomes fully searchable, students and researchers are able to benefit from the work you put into your project.

But before you sit down to submit your thesis to ProQuest, there are a few things you’ll need to get ready. We’ve prepared this topic guide to help you.











Need Help? Bible Research Questions Answered

By Darren G. Poley, librarian liaison and faculty member, Theology & Religious Studies

Question: What translation of the Bible into English should I use?

Answer: The Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition of the Holy Bible (Call number BS191.A1) is the one used in the Theology 1000 courses. Other popular ones are The Catholic Study Bible which uses the New American Bible translation (Call number BS192.3.A1 1991 N4 1991), and The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books in either the revised standard version or the new revised standard version edition. For more information about Bible translations see the Research Guide on “Finding a Bible in the Library.”

Question: Where can I find information about the Bible in the Library?

Answer: Many good introductions are in the Falvey West stacks. Works about the Old Testament in general are in the call number range BS1110-BS1199, and similar works on the New Testament can be found BS2280-BS2545.

Searching Falvey’s catalog entering either “Bible OT” or “Bible NT” as a Subject is one way to start. Use the sort feature and the facets on the right to limit your search results. You may also find searching the online version of Old Testament Abstracts and New Testament Abstracts helpful for discovering journal articles.





Question: How do I discover bible commentaries in the Library?

Answer: There some very good one volume commentaries. The New Jerome Biblical Commentary (Call number BS491.2.N485), as well as The Collegeville Bible commentary: Based on the New American Bible, and The international Bible commentary: a Catholic and ecumenical commentary for the twenty-first century are all very good places to start. There are also some very good multi-volume sets. The New Interpreter’s Bible with general articles, introductions, commentary and reflections for each book of the Bible including the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books in twelve volumes (Call number BS491.2 .N484 1994) uses the new revised standard version translation. The Anchor Bible series (Call number BS192.2.A1 1964), now published as the Anchor Yale Bible commentaries, uses the commentator’s own translation of the biblical texts. Visit the Bible topic guide on the library website for more help: “Finding Books About the Bible.” (more…)


How beautiful is your data set?

Do you miss the days when the most important part of your book report was the cover?  As a child you instinctively knew that  beautifully designed illustrations enhance the audience’s appreciation. But sadly college-level papers and reports generally do not include graphic covers. You can, however, still remain devoted to beautiful visualizations that strengthen your readers’ understanding by incorporating well designed graphs, maps and charts into your work.

Cutting edge cultural thinkers such as David McCandless have championed the power of data visualization in books and TED talks.  The Obama administration has made the public availability of interactive data via data.gov a linchpin in improving government efficiency as well as fostering transparency in government. Enthusiasm for the power of data, the rise of digital new content and above all data visualization software and  has even spawned a new career track:  data journalism.

Many library databases offer simple interactive data visualization tools.  One of the early adopters was Statistical Datasets (Proquest).  The topics covered by this database are eclectic ranging from air quality data to personal bankruptcy figures to state and local expenditures.  Even pet ownership patterns are documented.  Statistical Datasets allows users to chart or map almost any data set and export visualizations as a PDFs or images.  Using graphed or mapped data, questions inevitably bubble up to the surface.  Why, for example, do folks in New Mexico love their birds so and what makes Alaskans so fond of their cats?



New Fiction and Graphic Novels—Available for Spring Break

By Gerald Dierkes

Looking for something new to read over spring break, maybe a comedy? The library catalog offers so many award-winning titles of contemporary fiction, you may have trouble deciding.

The “Google Preview” link , now appearing in many books’ catalog records, can help you decide. This new feature connects you to a summary, reviews and other useful information about a particular book.


Damned: Life Is Short, Death Is Forever by Chuck Palahniuk

Wise Children by Angela Carter

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Historical fiction:

In the Name of Salomé by Julia Alvarez

The Green Corn Rebellion by William Cunningham

Panorama by H. G. Adler

The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason

Stories set in the United States:

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward

Stories set in other countries:

Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz

The Tremor of Forgery by Patricia Highsmith

Solace by Belinda McKeon

Coming-of-age novels:

Spidertown by Abraham Rodriguez

Dragon Chica by May-Lee Chai


Oil on Water by Helon Habila

Science fiction:

Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin

Novels that defy categories (!):

Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie

Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

Zone One by Colson Whitehead (more…)


Bartley Bestsellers

We’ve always got a fresh selection of new business bestsellers at Bartley Room 1005.  Stop by and check one out!

The Grand Pursuit Review by Choice Review Robert Heilbroner’s The Worldly Philosophers (1953; 7th ed., 1999) educated generations with its sweeping story of how great economists from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes accounted for the ways of the modern economy. Nasar’s Grand Pursuit is a worthy successor to Heilbroner’s story, but her tale is both more and less ambitious than Heilbroner’s. Her focus is narrower, for one thing, but, as a consequence, it is richer and teaches more about economics. Nasar (Columbia Univ. School of Journalism), a former economics journalist, now gives a grand but not overly generalized story of the ideas of a set of thinkers who transformed economics in the 20th century. Beginning really with Alfred Marshall and the Webbs, Nasar provides a history of the interlocking relationship of ideas among Joseph Schumpeter, John Maynard Keynes, F. A. Hayek, Joan Robinson, and Amartya Sen. Her story tells readers that there is more to the 20th century than the Keynes-Hayek debate (compare to Nicholas Wapshott’s Keynes Hayek, CH, Jan’12, 49-2797). Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. R. B. Emmett James Madison College, Michigan State University Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.


Beyond the Keynesian Endpoint Front Cover Copy During the Great Depression, legendary British economist John Maynard Keynes advocated using government money to fill the economic void until consumer spending and business investment recovered. But what happens when governments can’t do that anymore? That’s “The Keynesian Endpoint”: when the money runs out before the economy has been rescued, and investors refuse to accept any more sovereign debt.

That’s where we are. In the United States and worldwide, debt-fueled spending programs devised to cure the global financial crisis have morphed into poison. Exhausted national balance sheets have left policy makers with few viable options to bolster economic growth, pointing leaders and citizens toward brutal choices that were previously unimaginable.

In Beyond the Keynesian Endpoint, PIMCO Executive Vice President, portfolio manager, and market strategist Tony Crescenzi illuminates the frightening new world we now inhabit. Crescenzi dissects each scenario swirling around the mounting global debt crisis and reveals its profound implications for governments, investors, and the global economy.

Car Guys v. Bean Counters Review by Kirkus Book ReviewA former top GM executive and avowed gearhead warns against the advance of soulless number-crunchers clueless about the hands-on details of the car business.To Lutz (Guts: 8 Laws of Business from One of the Most Innovative Business Leaders of Our Time, 2003), it’s not rocket science: Design and build the cars and trucks that customers want, and the rest will fall into place. This was his job as a GM vice chairman from 2001 to 2010. At the tableif not running the meetingwhen most of the big decisions came down, the author, now in his late 70s, was often appalled by youthful bean-counting MBAs with their 4.0 GPAs but no common car sense.What matters, Lutz argues, is having on board at least one automotive artist with the talent to design desirable new cars. The author’s talent, equally rare, was recognizing a good design, or a bad one drawn to bean-counter specs. His frequent criticism of the press is sometimes churlish, as when he alleges that unnecessarily harsh and ill-informed lefty journalism gave the Hummer H2on which he signed offan unjustifiably bad rep. He closes with the recognition that having a media-savvy, talking-head CEO is now a must and in the best interest of the business in which he worked for 47 years. The author also predicts GM’s battery-and-gas-powered Volt will dominate the highways of the future, and he includes close accounts of GM’s 2009 bankruptcy, government bailout and subsequent reemergence as a trimmed-down shadow of its former corporate self.Well worth the rideif not necessarily the car.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


The Next Convergence Review by Booklist ReviewCo ntrary to his book’s title, Nobel Prize-winning economist Spence does less prognosticating than one might expect. Indeed, early on he shares a chart showing just how inaccurately economists predicted growth during the 1990s. Instead, he offers a comprehensive summary of the forces at play in today’s global economy: removal of trade barriers, the lightning-fast transfer of knowledge from developed to emerging economies, global demand, resources, the role of national and international governments, and the management (or not) of currency rates, among others. Spence’s style is pretty flat (Where’s John Kenneth Galbraith when we need him?), and he seems to underestimate the looming role of climate change in any economic scenario. Yet his status report could give attentive readers a more empowered role in their own economic future.–Moores, Ala. Copyright 2010 Booklist


The Wizard of Lies Front Cover Copy Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history? This question has fascinated people ever since the news broke about the New York financier who swindled his friends, relatives, and other investors out of $65 billion. And in The Wizard of Lies, Diana B. Henriques of The New York Times has written the definitive book on the man and his scheme, drawing on unprecedented access and more than one hundred interviews, including Bernie Madoff’s first interviews for publication since his arrest. Henriques also provides vivid details from the lawsuits and government investigations that explode the myths that have come to surround the story, and in a revised and expanded epilogue she unravels the latest legal developments. A true-life financial thriller, The Wizard of Lies contrasts Madoff’s remarkable rise on Wall Street with dramatic scenes from his accelerating slide toward self-destruction. It is also the most complete account of the heartbreaking personal disasters and landmark legal battles triggered by Madoff’s downfall – the suicides, business failures, fractured families, shuttered charities – and the clear lessons this timeless scandal offers to Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street.

In the Plex:  How Google Works, Thinks and Shapes Our Lives Review by Publisher’s Weekly Review The contradictions of the Internet search behemoth are teased apart in this engaging, slightly starry-eyed business history. Wired magazine writer Levy (Hackers) insightfully recaps Google’s groundbreaking search engine and fabulously profitable online ad-brokering business, and elucidates the cutting-edge research and hard-nosed cost-efficiencies underlying them. He also regales readers with the “Googley” corporate culture of hip techno-capitalism: the elitist focus on braininess, the campus game rooms, the countercultural rectitude of billionaire founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin (which can read more like puerile arrogance as they roller-blade into meetings with business-suited squares). Levy’s narrative updates a familiar portrait of the company, with breathless accounts of recent innovations. He offers a smart analysis of the tensions between Google’s “‘Don’t Be Evil'” slogan and its censorship of its Chinese Web site and the privacy implications of its drive to sponge up all information-but he accepts Google’s blinkered conception of e-ethics and its demands for huge tax breaks with too much complacency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Lifeblood Review by Publisher’s Weekly Review Perry (Falling Off the Edge)  examines the struggle to fight malaria, which infects more than 708,000 people a year-mostly children-in his important, clear-eyed study of the epidemic. In his travels in Uganda and throughout Africa, Perry saw the casualties of the mosquito-borne disease firsthand, and his analysis draws on his conversations with doctors and diplomats, grieving parents, and frustrated aid workers. For decades scientists have known that the disease can be virtually eradicated by a combination of insect-killing chemicals and bed nets, costing only $10 a piece. Sadly, malaria is “a genocide of apathy,” in which governmental and aid agencies consistently fall short in their attempts to stop the spread of the disease. Combining business acumen with humanitarian goals, independent activists like Ray Chambers have achieved major advances against the epidemic while global health organizations have fallen short. Malaria costs Africa $30-$40 billion each year, Chambers tells Perry, and points out that his work-distributing 42 million bed nets to Nigeria, “didn’t just save lives. It saved money too.” In this compulsively readable primer on a devastating epidemic, Perry shows how Chambers’s approach-creating economic incentives and emphasizing local action over top-down mandates-offers a daring new model for tackling one of the most intractable crises of our time. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Falvey creates Speakers' Corner and two other new event spaces

By Jeffrey Eisenberg

The newly opened first floor area known as Speakers’ Corner will host much of Falvey’s programming, replacing the 24/7 Holy Grounds lounge as the Library’s primary event venue.

“We are very excited about having a dedicated space for events, given the number that we host throughout the year,” said Darren Poley, Outreach librarian.

Falvey inaugurated the new Speakers’ Corner area on Thursday, Feb. 9 with an Irish Studies event featuring poet Daniel Tobin. This year’s One Book Villanova author, Jamie Ford, also signed books and engaged students in discussion in the Speaker’s Corner during his Jan. 31 visit to campus.

Speakers’ Corner is one of three new event spaces in Falvey. Rooms 204 and 205, located in the new second floor Learning Commons, are also available for events. Room 204 has already hosted this semester’s first Scholarship@Villanova lecture as well as two installments in the continuing New York Times video conference series.

When Speakers’ Corner is not host to lectures or other events, it is open as an additional lounge area. It is home to dozens of new lounge chairs,  study tables and the current journals and newspapers.

Photo by Joanne Quinn


Two Visiting Positions at Amherst (3/15/12)

The Amherst College Department of Philosophy invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professorship in philosophy beginning July 1, 2012. AOS: Ethics. In addition to teaching two courses per semester, candidates will be expected to supervise senior honors projects and participate in the life of the department. Candidate must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment. To apply, please submit as PDFs or Word documents to https://jobs.amherst.edu/view/opportunity/id/417 a CV, letter of application describing research and teaching interests, one writing sample (25 pages maximum), and the names and e-mail addresses of three individuals to whom we may write to solicit recommendations. Review of applications will begin March 15, 2012, and continue until the position is filled.

The Amherst College Department of Philosophy invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professorship in philosophy beginning July 1, 2012 with the possibility of renewal for one additional year. AOS: Social and Political Philosophy. We especially welcome applications from candidates who can teach courses in environmental philosophy. In addition to teaching two courses per semester, candidates will be expected to supervise senior honors projects and participate in the life of the department. Candidate must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment. To apply, please submit as PDFs or Word documents to https://jobs.amherst.edu/view/opportunity/id/418 a CV, letter of application describing research and teaching interests, one writing sample (25 pages maximum), and the names and email addresses of three individuals to whom we may write to solicit recommendations. Review of applications will begin March 15, 2012, and continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,700 students and 200 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, and a well-articulated plan for sustained research.


Celebrate 100 Years of The Villanovan, Now Online

The Villanova University Digital Library will celebrate the recent digitization of The Villanovan, from its inception in 1893, and invites you to join us in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner, on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 1:00 p.m.

At this event, attendees will have the opportunity to view 100 years of Villanova’s student newspaper in its new online home and share Villanovan war stories with current and past editors and student writers. The Rev. Peter Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 A&S, president of Villanova University, will also be in attendance. Light refreshments will be served.

The event will include a welcome by Fr. Peter Donohue, a tour of the collection and overview of the digitization project by Special Collections and Digital Library Coordinator Michael Foight, a walk through the technical process of transforming the paper into a searchable online format, and will conclude with a panel discussion by Villanovan alumni Marianne Lavelle, Larry Goanos and Kate Szumanski.

Previously, the Blue Electrode celebrated an issue of The Villanovan as the landmark 10,000th item to be added to the Digital Library, and explored historical advertisements from the newspaper’s pages.


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