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Faculty and Staff Authors Recognized at Reception

May 4, 2016

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Faculty and staff authors of 26 books were honored at an annual reception hosted by the College’s Special Collections and Archives on April 28. The celebration recognized works completed in 2015. 

“The work that you are doing, and fellow authors across the country and the world, is of vital importance,” said Jim Ralph, professor of history and dean of faculty development. “It is with a sense of gratitude and with a spirit of celebration that we recognize your achievements.”

The faculty and staff authors in attendance each offered a few words about their books. An eclectic mix of titles reflected the broad range of academic disciplines represented in the room. Associate Professor of Anthropology James Fitzsimmons introduced his book, Living with the Dead: Mortuary Ritual in the Andes, while Pardon Tillinghast Prof of Religion and Director of the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life Larry Yarbrough described his latest work, Engaging the Passion: Perspectives on the Death of Jesus.

Professor of Religion Larry Yarbrough introduces his new book during the faculty and staff authors reception in Special Collections and Archives.
Professor of Religion Larry Yarbrough introduces his new book during the faculty and staff authors reception in Special Collections and Archives.

Ralph also relayed greetings from President Laurie Patton–herself recognized for her book, Dialogue in Early South Asian Religions: Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Traditions–who was unable to attend due to previous travel commitments.

“The 23 authors and the 26 volumes we celebrate are evidence of intellectual vibrancy of the Middlebury community,” wrote Patton in her remarks. “They are joining the collection in my office that I began last summer and continue to add to, as faculty and staff bring me their books, articles, and other creative expressions. I’m lining my office shelves with your work as a daily physical reminder of creativity, and I smile with pride and delight when I see that collection growing.”

Following is a list of the authors and books recognized at this year’s reception:

Holly Allen.  Forgotten Men and Fallen Women: The Cultural Politics of New Deal Narratives. Cornell University Press, 2015.

Thomas Beyer. 501 английский глагол. 2-ое изд.  Moscow, 2015.

Bob Buckeye. Living In.  Sputyen Duyvil, 2015.

Luis Castaneda.  Comunidades efímeras. Grupos de vanguardia y neovanguardia en la novela hispanoamericana del siglo XX.  Peter Lang, 2015.​

Natasha Chang. The Crisis-Woman: Fascism, Modernity, and the Female Body. University of Toronto Press, 2015. 

Matthew Dickerson.  Trout in the Desert: on Fly Fishing, Human Habits and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest.  Wings Press, 2015.           

Matthew Dickerson. The Gifted.  AMG Publishers, 2015. 

Izumi Shimada and James L. Fitzsimmons, eds.  Living with the Dead: Mortuary Ritual in the Andes. University of Arizona Press, 2015.

Damien Marken and James L. Fitzsimmons, eds.  Maya Polities of the Southern Lowlands.   University of Colorado Press, 2015.

Enrique Garcia. Cuban Cinema After the Cold War: A Critical Analysis of Selected Films. McFarland, 2015.

Lesley-Ann Giddings and David J. Newman.  Bioactive Compounds from Extremophiles: Genomic Studies, Biosynthetic Gene Clusters, and New Dereplication Methods. Springer Briefs in Microbiology: Extremophilic Bacteria. Sonia M. Tiquia-Arashiro and Melanie Mormile, eds. Springer, 2015.

Lesley-Ann Giddings and David J. Newman. Bioactive Compounds from Marine Extremophiles. Springer Briefs in Microbiology: Extremophilic Bacteria. Sonia M. Tiquia-Arashiro and Melanie Mormile, eds.  Springer, 2015.

Lesley-Ann Giddings and David J. Newman. Bioactive Compounds from Terrestrial Extremophiles. Springer Briefs in Microbiology: Extremophilic Bacteria. Sonia M. Tiquia-Arashiro and Melanie Mormile, eds. Springer, 2015.

Shalom Goldman.  Jewish-Christian Difference and Modern Jewish Identity.  Lexington Books, 2015.

Gindin, Jacob. On Both Sides of the Midline. Trans. Shalom Goldman. Contento, 2015.

Elizabeth Karnes Keefe and Caroline Eisner, eds. Michael Geisler, contributing editor. Life Doesn’t Come with Subtitles: The First 100 Years of the Language Schools.  Middlebury, 2015.

Christopher McGrory Klyza and Stephen C. Trombulak. The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History. 2d ed. University Press of New England, 2015.

Kathryn Kramer. Missing History: The Covert Education of a Child of the Great Books.  Threshold Way Publishing, 2015.

Joyce Mao.  Asia First: China and the Making of Modern American Conservatism.  University of Chicago Press, 2015. 

Jason Mittell, Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling. New York University Press, 2015.

Jay Parini.  Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal.  Doubleday, 2015.

Laurie Patton and Brian Black, eds.  Dialogue in Early South Asian Religions: Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Traditions. Ashgate, 2015.

Daniel F. Silva.  Subjectivity and the Reproduction of Imperial Power: Empire’s Individuals. Routledge, 2015.

Louisa Stein. Millennial Fandom. University of Iowa Press, 2015.

Larry Yarbrough, ed.  Engaging the Passion:  Perspectives on the Death of Jesus.  Fortress Press, 2015.

Larry Yarbrough, ed.  Passion:  Contemporary Writers on the Story of Calvary.  Orbis, 2015.

Reporting by Stephen Diehl; Photos by Robert Keren

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