FALL 2013 | ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE 5
ON CAMPUS
Peter Rutkoff ’64
has brought out his
third book of fiction.
Irish Eyes
(
Birch
Book Press, 2013)
traces the fractured
path of an Irish fam-
ily in New York City from World War
II through 2000. In an appropriately
spare, clipped style, Rutkoff, a professor
of American studies at Kenyon College,
delves into many aspects of American
culture in the second half of the 20th
century, from the desegregation of ma-
jor league baseball through the Vietnam
War protests and the social revolutions
that redefined relationships.
Writing under the pen name Ralph
Sanborn, in
China Red
(
iUniverse,
2013)
Sandy Towle ’61
begins a new
series of thriller novels featuring his
protagonist, Caleb Frost. This is a
fast-paced action thriller involving drug
smuggling, murder and kidnapping on
three continents. It’s a classical pitting
of good against evil that, the author
says, “reflects the ethical convolutions
evident in today’s society.”
And now for a different medium…
Dan Berggren
’71
was stationed
in Germany with
the U.S. Army and
longing for his home
in the Adirondacks
when he started
songwriting and performing in 1973.
To celebrate this 40th anniversary, he
has released his 15th CD, “Tongues in
Trees,” featuring 14 of his latest songs,
including one that was composed in col-
laboration with St. Lawrence’s Adiron-
dack Semester students. Information on
concerts and the CD can be found at
.
By Our Faculty
Connections and Complexity: New
Approaches to the Archaeology of South
Asia
(
Left Coast Press, 2013), co-edited
by
Shinu Anna Abraham
,
associate
professor of anthropology, “represents
the most recent cutting-edge work
being done by American archaeolo-
gists in South Asia,” Abraham says, and
includes her chapter “In Search of Craft
and Society: The Glass Beads of Early
Historic Tamil South India.”
Professor of Education
Arthur Clark
,
coordinator of the Counseling and Hu-
man Development program at
St. Lawrence, has written
Dawn of
Memories: The Meaning of Early Recol-
lections in Life
(
Roman & Littlefield,
2013).
Throughout, Clark suggests ways
for people to capitalize on characteristic
strengths uncovered in their earliest
memories.
Becoming Sexual: A Critical Appraisal
of Girls and Sexualization
(
Polity Press,
2013),
by
R. Danielle Egan
,
professor
of gender studies, cites research showing
that widespread sexualization of girls in
our culture, which most have accepted
as fact, doesn't exist. “Studies show
this conclusion is simply untrue, as are
claims that sexualization leads to depres-
sion, promiscuity and compassion-
deficit disorder, and robs young girls
of their childhood,” Egan says. “Why
is our culture so attached to the idea of
young people being on the verge of cor-
ruption?”
Becoming Sexual
was named
Book of the Week” by the
Times Higher
Education Review
on February 28.
Community Capitalism in China:
The State, the Market, and Collectiv-
ism
,
by Assistant Professor of Sociology
Xiaoshuo Hou
(
Cambridge University
Press, 2013) “is about those at the most
grassroots level in rural China who are
experiencing the dual transformation
from an agrarian society to a more in-
dustrialized society and from a planned
economy to a more market-oriented
economy,” says Hou.
Three of the four authors of a new
field guide to mosses have connections
to St. Lawrence. Associate Professor
of Biology
Karl McKnight
,
Warren
Perdrizet ’11
and
Kirsten McKnight
Ward
,
a one-year visiting student, have
released
Common Mosses of the Northeast
and Appalachians
(
Princeton University
Press, 2013). “The guide features an in-
novative, color-tabbed system that helps
readers pick out small groups of similar
species,” says a news release from the
publisher.
April Twilights and Other Poems
,
edited
by
Robert Thacker
,
Dana Professor of
Canadian studies and English (Knopf,
2013),
brings the
poems and newly
released personal
letters of American
author Willa Cather
together in one
place for the first
time. “Cather the
poet deserves to be better known,” says
Thacker, who is editing a volume of her
poetry for the University of Nebraska
Press. Many of the letters have never
been seen by the public because of
restrictions that had been imposed by
her estate.
A roundup of news from campus.
For more, go to www.
stlawu.edu/news.
Hybrid courses have
arrived at St. Lawrence.
During Summerterm
2013,
Neil Forkey offered
two Canadian studies courses that each
required on-campus attendance only for
the first three class days. “Then,” Forkey
explained, “students (followed) the
course at a distance (online).”
A composting pilot project last spring
in the Northstar Café encouraged stu-
dents to
Scrape Your Plate!”
and toss
used paper napkins into composting
bins. “Composting will lower disposal
costs, reduce materials dumped in land-
fills, and be used to enrich the soil of
our campus grounds, reducing the need
for and cost of synthetic fertilizers,” said
a campus email.
Electric vehicles
can get a charge out
of campus, thanks to the September in-
stallation of a ChargePoint Networked
Charging Station with two electrical
nozzles near Newell Field House. Some
90
percent of the costs of the project
were funded by National Grid, with just
10
percent by the University.
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