This collection of essays explores the contemporary crises in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Congo-Kinshasa, offering important new insights into the cycle of genocidal violence, ethnic strife, and civil war that has made the Great Lakes region of Central Africa the most violent on the continent.
"A rich resource both for scholars of migration and for anyone interested in the 'predicaments of Palestinians and Jews' because of the way it self-consciously draws parallels between the two peoples' destinies and relation to the same land."--Israel Studies Forum
The Israeli, Palestinian, and American contributors to this volume consider the catastrophic failure of the Oslo peace process and the years of bloody violence that ensued. Read more . . .
Richard F. Veit, associate professor of anthropology at Monmouth University, has been digging to unearth the foundations of Joseph Bonaparte's first house. Veit and his students have uncovered more than 14,000 artifacts from the Bordentown, New Jersey site over the last two years. In between digs, Veit's class reads Patricia Tyson Stroud'sThe Man Who Had Been King: The American Exile of Napoleon's Brother Joseph for details on the lesser known Bonteparte's life in the United States.
Read more on the dig and Boneparte's place in New Jersey history at The New York Timesonline.
Historic Landmarks of Philadelphia Roger W. Moss
Photographs by Tom Crane
320 pages | 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 | 223 color illus.
Cloth 2008 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4106-8 | $34.95 | £23.00
In Historic Landmarks of Philadelphia Roger Moss and Tom Crane feature nationally significant sites. This lavishly illustrated book celebrates Philadelphia's evolution from modest mercantile outpost of a colonial power, to capital of a proud new nation, to a robust world-renowned cosmopolitan city. Read more . . .
Human Rights: A Political and Cultural Critique provides a bracing and controversial analysis of the scope of human rights and lays the groundwork for a multicultural and more universal understanding of these rights. Read more . . .
An insider's look at the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission's process, strategic choices, challenges, and context, Learning from Greensboro tells the story of how one U.S. community struggled to come to terms with events in its past and model truth-seeking as a tool for addressing the country's legacy of racist violence. Read more . . .
Jonathan Gil Harris challenges the way in which we conventionally understand physical objects. Turning to Renaissance theories of matter, he considers the profound untimeliness of things, focusing particularly on Shakespeare's stage materials.
In case you haven't heard, the Philadelphia Phillies will face the Tampa Bay Rays in this year's World Series. In spite of this good news for sports fans in our city, an article in today's Wall Street Journal asks "Can Phillies Fans Embrace Optimism?" WSJ sports reporter Allan Barra went to Penn Press authors William C. Kashatus and Bruce Kuklick for some answers.
In all of their dismal history, there is but a single shining
moment: the Phillies' victory over the Kansas City Royals in the 1980
World Series, celebrated with a parade down Broad Street that
Philadelphians still talk about. "That still stands as the greatest day
in Philadelphia sports history," says William Kashatus, author of
"Almost a Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the 1980 Phillies." "People who
had been battered by economic hardship and racial strife forgot their
differences, took a day off from work, went out in the streets, and had
"Philadelphia sometimes forgets this is really a baseball town,"
says Mr. Kashatus. "The parade in 1980 proved this. You wouldn't have
gotten a celebration like that for the Eagles, '76ers, and Flyers
Twenty-eight years later, a new generation of Phillies fans is asking: Is it time for another parade?
Phillies fans have a reputation as the meanest and most cynical in
baseball, but given the history they've had to live with, that might be
a natural reaction. "They're like characters in a Springsteen song,"
Prof. Kuklick [author of To Everything There Is a Season: Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia and Black Philosopher, White Academy: The Career of William Fontaine] says. "They feel like dogs that have been kicked too
much." But there's something about this year's Phillies that makes you
feel that a new era is here. Maybe.