Archives for February 2011

This Week’s Book Giveaway

You didn’t pick up an Oscar this year at the Academy Awards?  Well, with Hollywood films in mind,  here’s a book you’ll want to pick up: Working-Class Hollywood by Steven J. Ross.  In addition, it’s this week’s book giveaway on Facebook. Working-Class Hollywood

Liberal and radical films declined in the 1920s as an emerging Hollywood studio system, pressured by censors and Wall Street investors, pushed American film in increasingly conservative directions. Appealing to people’s dreams of luxury and upward mobility, studios produced lavish fantasy films that shifted popular attention away from the problems of the workplace and toward the pleasures of the new consumer society. While worker filmmakers were trying to heighten class consciousness, Hollywood producers were suggesting that class no longer mattered. Working-Class Hollywood shows how silent films helped shape the modern belief that we are a classless nation.

“Steve Ross has written an absorbing and important book about a time when working-class life and working-class filmmakers occupied a central place in American cinema. I strongly recommend that anyone interested in the politics of American film read this book.”–Michael Moore, Director of Roger and Me and TV Nation

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Working-Class Hollywood by Steven J. Ross

Richard Crossley Unplugged: Crossley’s ID Tips: Probability

Have you visited Richard has posted some plates with extended captions and notes as well as corrections to the book.

Earlier Crossley Unplugged videos:



FACT: In the period 1902–14, America produced more than half the world’s cotton crop, followed by India, which produced about a sixth. Industrial textile mills could use the short-stapled Indian crop only in limited quantities, however, and only by mixing it with American cotton.

Alabama in Africa:
Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South

By Andrew Zimmerman

In 1901, the Tuskegee Institute, founded by Booker T. Washington, sent an expedition to the German colony of Togo in West Africa, with the purpose of transforming the region into a cotton economy similar to that of the post-Reconstruction American South. Alabama in Africa explores the politics of labor, sexuality, and race behind this endeavor, and the economic, political, and intellectual links connecting Germany, Africa, and the southern United States. The cross-fertilization of histories and practices led to the emergence of a global South, reproduced social inequities on both sides of the Atlantic, and pushed the American South and the German Empire to the forefront of modern colonialism.

Tracking the intertwined histories of Europe, Africa, and the Americas at the turn of the century, Alabama in Africa shows how the politics and economics of the segregated American South significantly reshaped other areas of the world.

We invite you to read the introduction online at:

U. Penn features Robert Kurzban’s recent Knowledge by the Slice lecture

“No one likes a hypocrite, or so the saying goes. But in a world driven more and more by technology like social networking, hypocrisy has never been so glaring. It has become part of pop culture to expose self-contradiction, with cable news networks and programs like The Daily Show placing contradictory political remarks side-by-side on a nightly basis, pointing out instances of hypocrisy to great effect. What if there was a scientific explanation? In a recent School of Arts and Sciences Knowledge by the Slice lecture series appearance, Robert Kurzban, Associate Professor of Psychology, discussed his most recent book, Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind. Using biology as a stepping stone, the book applies evolutionary insights to human behavior, arguing that the mind does not function as a single unit, but instead a collection of adaptations—modules—customized to take over when a given situation arises.”

Click over to U. Penn’s web site to read the complete article, or click here to watch a video of Kurzban’s talk.

Robert Ballard on 30 Rock, but not really

Famous oceanographer and marine scientist Robert D. Ballard played a pivotal role in last night’s episode of 30 Rock. While the Dr. Ballard on the show was portrayed by an actor, Princeton University Press is fortunate to have the real Dr. Ballard as a PUP author. Check out his recent books below.

Archaeological Oceanography is the definitive book on the newly emerging field of deep-sea archaeology. Marine archaeologists have been finding and excavating underwater shipwrecks since at least the early 1950s, but until recently their explorations have been restricted to depths considered shallow by oceanographic standards. This book describes the latest advances that enable researchers to probe the secrets of the deep ocean, and the vital contributions these advances offer to archaeology and fields like maritime history and anthropology.
The Eternal Darkness is a straightforward look at a complicated business that shows again not just that exploration is worth doing but that even at home here on earth it is far from over. . . . [It] is not really a book about the past. It’s a promise that the ‘E’ word remains the deepest adventure of them all.”–Michael Parfit, New York Times Book Review

Charles Kupchan talks about turmoil in Libya on PBS NewsHour

Charles Kupchan, Georgetown professor and author of How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace, spoke with NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown, Tom Malinowsky of Human Rights Watch, and Maurizio Molinari of La Stampa about the international community’s response to Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s use of violence against protesters in Libya.

Read the entire transcript here.

Princeton University reflects on William G. Bowen’s reflections

This week, Princeton University is featuring William G. Bowen and his new book Lessons Learned: Reflections of a University President on their home page with a brilliant article accompanied by exclusive images drawn from the Princeton archives.

Ruth Stevens sat down with Dr. Bowen to discuss his experiences at Princeton University, including the move to coeducation and other monumental changes to the university.

Stevens writes, “The book offers insights into the challenges that almost every college or university president faces — from cultivating relationships with trustees and recruiting administrative team members to setting academic priorities and fundraising.”

And how does Dr. Bowen draw out his “lessons learned”? According to the article, Bowen finds inspiration both in his successes and his mistakes.

Stevens quotes Bowen as saying “I deliberately focus on things that were not always right, that did not turn out perfectly, because — at least in my case — I felt I learned more from some mistakes than from some situations in which everything went fine.”

The article is a fascinating glimpse into the office of the president at a prestigious university and also a touching tribute to Dr. Bowen’s impact on Princeton University. Please click here to read the complete story.

Dan Drezner and Mother Jones’s Adam Weinstein talk zombies at Bloggingheads

In what is a truly creative diavlog, author Daniel Drezner chatted about his new book THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND ZOMBIES with Mother Jones editor Adam Weinstein on a recent edition of

“Education beyond brick and mortar” by Taylor Walsh

Over at Live Mint, Taylor Walsh, author of Unlocking the Gates: How and Why Leading Universities are Opening Up Access to Their Courses, writes about the future of online education in India.

While many commentators point to MIT as the flagship example of a robust open courseware program, Walsh uses the example of The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning to illustrate the possibilities and pitfalls that await open courseware programs.

“While MIT’s may be the most prominent effort to make online course materials freely available to a mass audience, an impressive initiative from India’s flagship universities is perhaps beginning to rival it.” writes Walsh. “The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) has given away thousands of hours of free audio and video lectures since 2003. Formulated jointly by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the programme offers a unique and compelling example to the rest of the open courseware movement, and has much to teach its peers around the world.”

However, Walsh cautions that the NPTEL program has not quite achieved all of its stated goals. Work must continue, but Walsh notes, “Should the IITs’ virtual campus come to fruition, these universities would be the world’s first premiere institutions to offer a credit-bearing, fully online version of their core undergraduate programmes. If such a virtual university could equal the IIT benchmark of quality, it would set a new standard for online education, solidifying India’s position in this field.”

Read the complete article here.

PUP Howard Wainer at recent education symposium

Howard Wainer, author of many PUP titles including the forthcoming book Uneducated Guesses, participated a symposium on January 19 hosted by The Educational Testing Service (ETS).

“Evaluating teachers based on the test scores of their students is a popular idea in the current education reform debate. But is it a good idea?” writes NJ Spotlight. “This symposium looked at the facts that surround the use of Value-Added Models (VAM) in teacher accountability systems, including decisions about the evaluation, retention, and pay of teachers.”

In the clip above, Wainer specifically “reviews the basic purposes of standardized testing, provides an overview of the problems associated with VAM, and discusses the importance of conducting valid studies of VAM before implementing it in New Jersey.”

Visit the NJ Spotlight site to watch videos of additional participants.

Recipe of the Month: Strawberry Girl Shortcake

The recipe of the month is taken from COOKED BOOKS, a cookbook featuring recipes from the staff of Princeton University Press. Enjoy!

Strawberry Girl Shortcake

When Most Is Best

Daphne Ireland

This recipe is my mom’s recipe; thanks, Lorraine Tams! Every first week of June, my Strawberry Girl, Larissa, and I pick strawberries at a nearby farm— more accurately, I pick them and she “sneaks” them. There’s nothing more irresistible than a sweet, sun-warmed strawberry, right off the stem. Same night, its fresh Strawberry Girl Shortcake for dessert, which the boys, Gavin and Kent, love too.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 2⁄3 cup sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup butter
  • 2⁄3 cup milk
  • 1 quart fresh or frozen strawberries (divided use)
  • 2⁄3 cup light cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sugar to taste
  • Whipped cream (homemade is best, of course!)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F).

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut in butter. Add milk. The batter will be thick – like biscuit dough. Spread into 2 buttered 9-inch cake pans. Bake for 10–12 minutes. Remove, and cool completely.

Meanwhile, blend 1/2 quart of strawberries (reserving other 1/2 quart for later use), cream, vanilla extract, and sugar to taste. Cut the leftover 1/2 quart strawberries into quarters, leaving the last 3–5 strawberries to be used as garnish.

Assemble in layers—cake, strawberry blend, whipped cream, and quartered strawberries; then repeat.

Garnish with whole strawberries. Enjoy!

This Week’s Book Giveaway

This week’s book giveaway is Uncivil Disobedience: Studies in Violence and Democratic Politics by Jennet Kirkpatrick. Uncivil Disobedience

Uncivil Disobedience examines the roles violence and terrorism have played in the exercise of democratic ideals in America. Jennet Kirkpatrick explores how crowds, rallying behind the principle of popular sovereignty and desiring to make law conform to justice, can disdain law and engage in violence. She exposes the hazards of democracy that arise when citizens seek to control government directly, and demonstrates the importance of laws and institutions as limitations on the will of the people.

“Jennet Kirkpatrick has done something quite remarkable in this book. She has taken a set of unsavory characters–vigilantes, members of lynch mobs, and far-right militiamen–studied their arguments, and placed them within the tradition of political theory. She demonstrates that understanding is the necessary prelude to criticism. And she adds militant abolitionists to the mix so that we can’t resist the demonstration. The result is a wonderfully illuminating argument.”–Michael Walzer, professor emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study

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Uncivil Disobedience: Studies in Violence and Democratic Politics by Jennet Kirkpatrick