New Faculty Publication: Pitiful Giants: Presidents in their Final Terms

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel P. Franklin on the publication of his new book Pitiful Giants: Presidents in their Final Terms (Palgrave Macmillan).

Since ratification of the 22nd Amendment in 1951, five American presidents—Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama—have been elected to serve a second term. Presumably, by virtue of their term-limited status, these presidents are free from electoral pressure to pursue policies in the public interest, but this is a questionable assumption. Second term presidents face a host of structural obstacles that make it difficult for them to carry out their tasks. How then do presidents lead through these politically-complex circumstances? How can presidents make the most of their second-tem “mandates” while battling against waning political power? This book seeks to answer the complex—and often paradoxical—challenges presidents encounter in their lame duck years.

Dr. Franklin is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. His areas of specialization are American chief executives, budgeting and the legislative process. He is currently Director of the Georgia Legislative Internship Program and a former Distinguished Honors Professor. He is the author of three additional books: Extraordinary Measures: The Exercise of Prerogative Powers in the United States (1991), Making Ends Meet: Congressional Budgeting in the Age of Deficits (1993), and Film and Politics: The Political Culture of Film in the United States (2006).

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Religious Studies Professor to Present Lecture at Emory University

Molly-BassettDr. Molly Bassett, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, will present a lecture at the Micahel C. Carlos Museum at Emory University on the topic of Teosinte & Tlacatl: Corn & People in Aztec Religion on Tuesday, January 27 @ 7:30 PM.

Thousands of years ago, Mesoamericans domesticated maize from a grass called teosinte, a compound word that links corn to the gods. Dr. Bassett will explore how Aztec mythology articulates maize’s centrality. The Aztecs understood themselves as living in the heart of a world that had been created and destroyed multiple times. During these solar cycles, maize became increasingly important. In the first age, people ate acorns; in the second, pine nuts; in the third, wild plants; in the fourth, a precursor to corn; and in the Fifth Sun, the time in which the Aztecs lived, humans ate maize. The Aztec myth of the Fifth Sun reveals a clear cosmogonic progression: as culture developed, corn developed, and from both religious and agricultural perspectives, culture depended on corn.

Selected works by Dr. Bassett include:

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Department of History Lecture: Claudio Saunt, “West of the Revolution, An Uncommon History of 1776″

cover, Claudio Saunt, West of the RevolutionThe GSU Department of History is sponsoring a lecture by Prof. Claudio Saunt, titled “West of the Revolution, An Uncommon History of 1776,” on Friday,  January 30.

Prof. Saunt is Richard B. Russell Professor in American History at the University of Georgia. He is the author of West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 (2014); Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family (2005); and A New Order of Things: Property, Power, and the Transformation of the Creek Indians, 1733-1816 (1999). For more information about Saunt and his work, see his website.

The lecture will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 30, in the Troy Moore Library (now on the 23rd Floor of 25 Park Place). For further information, please contact Jake Selwood in the Department of History.

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Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African-American Studies Joint Event: Looking Back, Moving Forward

On Monday, January 26, the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (formerly the Women’s Studies Institute) and the African-American Studies Department will jointly celebrate twenty years of each program’s existence here at Georgia State University in a program titled “Looking Back, Moving Forward.”

Paula Dressel, Just Partners, Inc.

Paula Dressel, Just Partners, Inc.

Opening remarks and welcome will be delivered by Dean William Long, College of Arts and Sciences, with MCs Calvin Monroe from African-American Studies and Sesali Bowen of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Dr. Carolyn Denard, Georgia College and State University

Dr. Carolyn Denard, Georgia College and State University

The main event will be a conversation with Dr. Paula Dressel, Vice President of Just Partners, Inc. (and former Professor of Sociology at GSU) and Dr. Carolyn Denard, Associate Provost for Student Success at Georgia College and State University (and former Professor of English at GSU).

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place on Monday, January 26 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm in the Troy Moore Library, now located in Room 2343 on the 23rd Floor of 25 Park Place. Please come help celebrate!

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Spring Semester Library Workshops

aboutcurve1-16qrelc-1024x265University Library and CURVE will be offering workshops in technology and research skills to support research and curriculum activity on campus.   Refer to the Spring 2015 Workshops guide to browse the offerings and to register for a workshop.

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New Faculty Publication: Galileo’s Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the Politics of Knowledge

Prof. Nick Wilding of the Department of History has recently published his new book, Galileo’s Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the Politics of Knowledge (2014).

Galileo’s Idol offers a vivid depiction of Galileo’s friend, student, and patron, Gianfrancesco Sagredo (1571–1620). Sagredo’s life, which has never before been studied in depth, brings to light the inextricable relationship between the production, distribution, and reception of political information and scientific knowledge.

cover, Nick Wilding, Galileo's IdolNick Wilding uses as wide a variety of sources as possible—paintings, ornamental woodcuts, epistolary hoaxes, intercepted letters, murder case files, and others—to challenge the picture of early modern science as pious, serious, and ecumenical. Through his analysis of the figure of Sagredo, Wilding offers a fresh perspective on Galileo as well as new questions and techniques for the study of science. The result is a book that turns our attention from actors as individuals to shifting collective subjects, often operating under false identities; from a world made of sturdy print to one of frail instruments and mistranscribed manuscripts; from a complacent Europe to an emerging system of complex geopolitics and globalizing information systems; and from an epistemology based on the stolid problem of eternal truths to one generated through and in the service of playful, politically engaged, and cunning schemes. (from the University of Chicago Press’ press materials).

Prof. Wilding’s area of specialization is the early modern history of science and communication. In 2012 Wilding uncovered a faked copy of Galileo’s Siderus Nuncius (Venice, 1610), a discovery covered by the New York Times. Prof. Wilding’s other publications include:

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9th Annual GSU Undergraduate Research Conference

GSURCEach year, undergraduate students are invited to submit scholarly and creative projects to Georgia State University’s Undergraduate Research Conference (GSURC). Submissions are now being accepted for this year’s conference.

Undergraduates can submit proposals for a poster session, oral presentation, artistic/creative presentation, or musical performance.

Deadline for submissions is February 13, 2015. Students will be notified of acceptance in early March and the conference is scheduled for April 14, 2015, in the Student Center.

A recent poster presentation first place winner, Heather Velon, described GSURC as one of her most rewarding academic experiences, stating “GSURC was an amazing opportunity to gain insight into the research process and the work that goes into each step of a successful project. I gained helpful skills and met some truly great people. There is a uniquely rewarding feeling that comes with seeing the results of your hard work and presenting a conclusion from the data you have spent so much time with.”

The GSURC web site provides sample submissions, important dates and deadlines, and detailed instructions on how undergraduates can submit a proposal.

If you are an undergraduate student and interested, consider attending a session on “Preparing your Submission for GSURC” on January 22, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in Room 223 of the 100 Auburn Avenue Building.

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GSU Sociology Prof’s Book earns “Outstanding Academic Title”

KatiesBookChoiceCongratulations to GSU Sociology Professor Katie Acosta!  Her book, Amigas y Amantes: Sexually Nonconforming Latinas Negotiate Family, which “explores the experiences of lesbian, bisexual and queer Latinas and how these women negotiate family,” won a place on Choice Magazine’s “Outstanding Academic Titles, 2014″ list.

Also check out these other publications by Dr. Acosta:

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CURVE Workshop on Doing Qualitative Research

The Logics and Logistics of Qualitative Research: A Framework for Exploring Concepts, Dimensions, and Relationships in Qualitative Data using NVivo Research Software

Dr. Ralph LaRossa and Dr. Mandy Swygart-HobaughWorkshop Leaders: Dr. Ralph LaRossa and Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh

When: Wednesday, February 25, 11:00am-12:30pm – REGISTER HERE

Where: CURVE (Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment), Library South 2nd Floor

In this workshop, Dr. Ralph LaRossa, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Librarian Associate Professor for Sociology, Gerontology, & Data Services, will present both the theoretical-methodological “logics” and the applied-methodological “logistics” of conducting qualitative data analysis (i.e., non-statistical analysis of textual, audio, visual, and/or audiovisual sources).  Dr. LaRossa will discuss the steps involved in building theoretically-rich qualitative analyses.   Dr. Swygart-Hobaugh will outline the specific features of NVivo qualitative research software that complement and facilitate these analyses.   There also will be opportunities for questions and discussion.

This workshop will be especially helpful for faculty and graduate students who are immersed – or about to be immersed – in a qualitative project and would like an overview on how to do qualitative analysis and how to use NVivo in the process.  Those interested in publishing qualitative work and/or applying for grants based on qualitative work will also find it helpful.

Questions?  Email Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh at aswygarthobaugh@gsu.edu

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Science Reads of 2014

Photo of three stacked books.

Photo courtesy of ginnerobot on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Looking for some non-assigned reading? Want to learn something new? Try one of these science books published in the last year; each has been featured on a list of best books or best science books of 2014 from publications such as the New York Times and Wired magazine. To see more lists of the year’s best science books, visit Confessions of a Science Librarian and check GIL-Find for the books!

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