May 2013 Articles

Reading Room

baileyPeculiar Penguins and Funny Looking Frogs, Allyson Shepard Bailey ’84, Lulu 2012. How do we account for the 4,000-mile migrations of the monarch butterfly, the elaborate mating displays of the bird of paradise, the excessive slothfulness of, well, the sloth? This book guides us through the natural world and evolutionary history to explain some of the more remarkable and downright bizarre behaviors found in the animal kingdom. Bailey works in research and development for the NHS Scotland.



One Nation Under Stress: The Trouble with Stress as an Idea, Dana Becker ’69, M.S.S. ’82, Ph.D. ’91, Oxford University Press 2013. Becker’s deconstruction of the increasingly pervasive “stress concept” insists that we look outward to the social determinants underlying stress. She examines such factors as growing economic disparities, inequities faced by women in the workforce, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in returning veterans. Becker is a professor at Bryn Mawr, psychotherapist, and family therapist.



davidsonOnly Muslim: Embodying Islam in Twentieth-Century France, Naomi Davidson ’98, Cornell University Press 2012. This book traces France’s troubled relationship with its diverse Muslim populations in the 1920s and 1930s and reveals how French politicians and social scientists created a distinctly French vision of Islam that would inform attitudes toward Muslims for the rest of the century. Davidson is an assistant professor of history at the University of Ottawa.



dinshawHow Soon is Now? Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time, Carolyn Dinshaw ’78, Duke University Press 2012. This powerful critique of Modernist temporal regimes explores queer ways of being in time as well as the potential queerness of time itself. Dinshaw is a professor of English, and social and cultural analysis at New York University.




ellinGood Urbanism: Six Steps to Creating Prosperous Places, Nan Ellin ’81, Island Press 2012. This book provides a six-step process to help urban designers apply the theory of good urbanism to real places with 10 case studies that include New York City’s High Line; the CEDAR Approach in Hooper, Utah; and Sunrise Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ellin is chair of the University of Utah’s Department of City and Metropolitan Planning.


fleisherLiving Two Lives: Married to a Man & In Love with a Woman, Joanne Fleisher, M.S.S. ’81, CreateSpace 2012. First published in 2003, this book documents Fleisher’s journey through falling in love with a female friend, coming out to her husband and children, and navigating the particular challenges faced by married women confronting questions of sexual identity. Fleisher is a licensed clinical social worker.



giorcelliHabits of Being, Cristina Giorcelli ’63 and Paula Rabinowitz (eds.), University of Minnesota Press 2011/2012. This four-volume series examines social and cultural forms of clothing and its political expression in the context of streetwear, in museums, and in media. Volumes I and II have been released. Accessorizing the Body provides insight into the meanings revealed by accessories, and Exchanging Clothes looks at the circulation and exchange of both material commodities and fashion concepts. Giorcelli is a professor of American literature at the University of Rome Three.


KenyonSpirits and Slaves in Central Sudan: The Red Winds of Sennar, Susan M. Kenyon, M.A. ’72, Ph.D. ’77, Palgrave Macmillan. This historical ethnography of Central Sudan uses field research spanning three decades and participant narratives to explore the century-old intertwining of zar, or spirit possession, with the lives of ex-slaves. Kenyon is a professor emerita of anthropology at Butler University.



montgomeryTapping the Fountain of Youth: Profiles of Women Runners Over 50, Carol Hansen Montgomery ’57, CreateSpace 2012. This book features profiles of 28 women athletes, who range in age from 50 to older than 80—and a foreword by Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially compete in the Boston Marathon. Each woman tells her inspiring story in her own words beginning with early life and family, to getting started in running, training methods, diet, dealing with injuries, accomplishments, and future goals. Montgomery spent most of her career in medical libraries and retired as professor and director of the Drexel University libraries in Philadelphia. She has run and raced successfully for nearly 35 years. In 2005 she was the second of four women over 70 to finish the Boston Marathon.

olinerPsychic Reality in Context: Perspectives on Psychoanalysis, Personal History, and Trauma, Marion Michele Oliner ’52, Karnac 2012. The culmination of 15 years of research on the impact of external reality on psychic reality, this book investigates how traumatic events impact individuals’ lives, particularly their influence on memory and the potential manifestation of unconscious guilt. Oliner’s discussion is informed by her own experiences as a child in Nazi-era Germany.



simonThe Columbia Guide to Social Work Writing, Warren Green and Barbara Levy Simon, M.S.S. ’76, Ph.D. ’81 (eds.), Columbia University Press 2012. This guide features top scholars and educators providing an introduction to social work writing and scholarship. Simon is an associate professor of social work at the Columbia University School of Social Work and has served on its faculty since 1986.