Mary Pickford: Hollywood and the New Woman
Kathleen Feeley (2016, Westview Press)
As Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department Kathleen Feeley reveals in her new book, there’s more to the story of Mary Pickford than the classic “rags-to-riches” tale of “America’s Sweetheart.” Smart, ambitious and talented, Pickford pushed boundaries to become one of the highest paid movie stars of her time, a screenwriter, film producer, newspaper columnist, suffragist and film preservationist.
What I Learned in the Midst of KAOS: The Making of an Ubuntu Teacher
Marina Gillmore and LaMarr Shields (2015, Full Circle Press)
Adjunct Professor Marina Gillmore teamed up with educator and social activist LaMarr Shields to chronicle Shields’ experiences growing up on Chicago’s South Side. “We take his life and we layer all these complex issues about race, culture and class onto his story,” says Gillmore. “It’s not a research text, but it’s well supported by research. It also has a very human appeal.”
The Jalayirids: Dynastic State Formation in the Mongol Middle East
Patrick Wing (2016, University of Edinburgh Press)
“This is a bit of a blind spot in Middle East history,” says Assistant History Professor Patrick Wing. “There’s a tendency to talk about the very early period, the rise of Islam and the caliphate, or the modern period.” Through the story of the Jalayirid dynasty, a major power in Iran and Iraq after the collapse of Mongol rule there after 1335, Wing explores the rich legacy of the Mongols in the Middle East.
Get to Work
Jack Osborn and Tucker Stein ’11 (2015, Career Success Press)
Management Professor Jack Osborn calls this book “a primer for students on how to go about building a career inside and outside the classroom.” Using real-world examples, Osborn and Stein demonstrate that while students may think they’re getting a biology degree, they are actually engaging in a “huge set of activities that can help them find an internship, navigate a course and have some credentials to present.”
More than Medicine: A History of the Feminist Women’s Health Movement
Jennifer Nelson (2015, New York University Press)
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Professor Jennifer Nelson takes readers back to the civil rights, New Left and women’s liberation movements to highlight the ways mainstream medicine historically failed to address the needs of people of color, the poor and women. Nelson discusses how feminists of the ’60s and ’70s upended the way medical care had been delivered, addressing issues of sexism and gender inequality.
Who we are and how we learn: Educational engagement and justice for diverse learners
Jose Lalas, Angela Macias, Kitty Fortner, Nirmla Griarte Flores, Ayanna Blackmo-Balogun and Margarita Vance (2016, Cognella Publishing)
School of Education Professor Jose Lalas’ role as director of the Center for Educational Justice and his related work with doctoral students led directly to this research-based book that discusses how engagement of K-12 children is affected by factors such as social and cultural capital and parent involvement. “Intuitively we feel there’s a connection,” says Lalas. “But unless we have the data, we’re just saying it.”