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Dr. Gretchen Adams
Associate Professor of U.S. History

Pictures of the Vicious ultimately overcome by misery and shame: The Cultural Work of Early National Schoolbooks
This book chapter discusses Early American schoolbooks. The importance of schoolbooks in the early national cultural landscape ultimately lay not only in their content but in, their reach. The practice of "compiling:" the personal acquisition and ownership of schoolbooks, and the realities of a diverse and highly individualized system of instruction not only kept old favorites in print but in their infrequent alteration kept the definitions of a distinctly postrevolutionary virtue alive for decades after they ceased to be critical.

Professor Future Akins
Assistant Professor

Random Notes
A visual document of the notes from a life lived well. Some reminders of what not to forget.

Dr. Alan Barenberg
Assistant Professor of Soviet Union History

Prisoners without Borders: Zazonniki and the Transformation of Vokuta after Stalin
Article offers new insight into the nature of Stalinist Gulags and how they transformed the Soviet prison camp system. Looks at the infamous Vorkuta Arctic camp and examines those who lived there.

Dr. Alwyn Barr
Professor of American History

Seeking Inalienable Rights
A brief history of the struggle of African American in Texas to win civil liberties and overthrow Jim Crow Laws.

Dr. Laura Beard
Associate Professor

Acts of Narrative Resistance: Women's Autobiographical Writings in the Americas
The book explores autobiographical traditions employed by contemporary women writers of the Americas, with paired chapters focusing on different autobiographical genres: metafiction written on the borders between autobiographical fiction and fictional autobiography (with texts by Helena Parente Cunha and Luisa Futoransky); semi-autobiographical texts which employ the family saga to tell the story of the nation (with examples by Nelida Pinon and Ana Maria Shua); and testimonio (with examples by Lee Maracle and Shirley Sterling). I show how the authors employ these genres to create autobiographical acts of political and narrative resistance.

Professor Andrea Bilkey
Associate Professor
Theatre and Dance

Lighting Design
Lighting Design for Texas Tech University Theatre's production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Dr. Paul Bjerk
Assistant Professor of African History

Review of Dar es Salaam: Histories from an emerging African metropolis
A collection of essays on the social history of Tanzania.

Review of Slavery in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa
Collected essays on the history of slavery in East Africa from pre-colonial times and extending to colonial times.

Dr. Laura Calkins
Assistant Professor of International and Comparative History

Detained and Drugged: A Brief Overview of the Use of Pharmaceuticals for the Interrogation of Suspects, Prisoners, Patients, and POWs in the US",
Dr. Calkins used the Congressional Record, records of Pharmaceutical Companies, and declassified documents to compile a history of drugs used by authorities in the interrogation of suspected criminals, terrorists, and prisoners of war, starting in the 1920s and in use to the present.

Dr. Paul Carlson
Professor of Western American History

The "Battle" at Pease River and the question of reliable sources
The battle of Pease River and the re-capture of Cynthia Ann Parker by Texas Rangers in 1860 are significant events in Texas history. The events surrounding the battle and re-capter of Parker quickly passed into folklore and myth. Unfortunately, much of the myth and lore is wrong. This article explores why and how so much of this story is incorrect.

Professor Kurt Caswell
Assistant Professor
Honors College

In the Sun's House: My Year Teaching on the Navajo Reservation
In the year he spent teaching at Borrego Pass, a remote Navajo community in northwest New Mexico, Kurt Caswell found himself shunned as persona non grata. His cultural missteps, status as an interloper, and white skin earned him no respect in the classroom or the community; those on the reservation assumed he would come and go like so many teachers had before. But as Caswell attempts to bridge the gap between himself and those who surround him, he finds his calling as a teacher and develops a love for the rich landscape of New Mexico, and manages a hard-won truce between his failings and successes.

To Everything on Earth: New Writing on Fate, Community, and Nature
In October 2004, Barry Lopez invited a group of writers to meet with him, Bill McKibben, Alan Weisman, and Dennis Covington at the Junction campus of Texas Tech University. Out of this meeting grew a community that has since collaborated on a number of initiatives and projects tied to fate, community, and nature, including this collection of essays. To Everything on Earth is a journey through many landscapes. It begins with stories that look at the external landscape, the world around us, asking hard questions about the capacity to destroy what we love best. The stories then turn inward, into the human heart, perhaps searching for an answer there. The journey ends by addressing perhaps the central question of our time: how best do we make a home on earth?

Dr. Sean Cunningham
Assistant Professor of U.S. History

Review of Branding Texas Performing Culture in the Lone Star State
Texas, in effect, has uniquely branded itself as the last bastion of white male dominance, but accepting independence in thought and action, yet extremely nationalistic. The book explains how Texans do these seemingly contradictory things.

Review of Taking On Giants: Fabian Ch൥z Jr. and New Mexico Politics
Reviews a well-written biography of New Mexican Democratic politician Fabian Chaz.

Review of The Power of the Texas Governor: Connally to Bush
The review details how Texas governors project power in creative ways - ways that are not outlined in the Texas Constitution. Cunningham gives the book a positive review.

Dr. Howard Curzer
Professor of Philosophy

An Aristotelian Critique of the Traditional Family
Virtue ethics has been criticized for having nothing to say about contemporary moral issues. Now I maintain, on the contrary, that virtue ethics can address contemporary moral issues by evaluating social practices and institutions. To illustrate, I develop an Aristotelian critique of the traditional family, demonstrating two different virtue ethics techniques. I show that the roles of dominant male breadwinner and subordinate female homemaker within the traditional family demand, select for, produce, and exacerbate Aristotelian moral vices. Good traditional husbands and wives lack or lose the virtues of appropriate ambition, pride, justice, liberality, temperance, friendliness, good temper, and courage. They are not good people. Thus, the roles of traditional husband and wife are immoral roles. The traditional family is a corrupt institution. And Aristotelian virtue ethics can address contemporary moral issues.

Professor Stacy Elko
Assistant Professor of Art

Sorcerer's Waltz
Eggs, snakes, magical realism fills the screen with strange occlusions and situations. Who watches? The sorcerer, the apprentice?

Dr. Andrew Farley
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics
Classical & Modern Languages

The Naked Gospel
Jesus plus nothing. 100% natural. No additives. The Naked Gospel will challenge you to rethink everything you thought you already knew.

Dr. Justin Hart
Assistant Professor of U.S. History

Foreign Relations as Domestic Affairs
This book chapter focuses on the impact of domestic events and ideas upon the execution of American foreign relations.

Mrs. Susan Hidalgo
Associate Librarian
Access Services

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin': MJ in the scholarly literature
To say that researchers can find tons of material on Michael Jackson would be an understatement. We consulted a copious number of articles to select the ones in this guide. We surveyed at least 100 different databases covering a wide range of subject areas from chemistry, music, general and humanities to engineering. The range of places scholars can find Jackson content surprised us. In the end, we chose to focus on articles in the academic literature. Each article in this guide meets at least one of the following criteria: 1) Was the article in a peer-reviewed journal? 2) If not, would it still be of interest to scholars and researchers? 3) Did the article have substantial Jackson content? 4) Is the Jackson content unique? 5) Does the article tell us something about the way we see popular icons including Jackson? The breadth of Jackson's influence, beyond his just being a pop icon, is truly astounding.

Dr. John Howe
Professor of Medieval History

Baronius and St. Dominic of Sora
An exploration of the connection between Baronius and Dominc of Sora.

Martyrs in Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgramage
Early in Christian history, local churches celebrated members who died as witnesses to their faith. Ceremonies often were held at tombs.  Some martyrs developed followings and cult centers that became places of pilgrimage. The development of a Christian sacred landscape anchored, institutionalized, and structured the late and antique and medieval Church.

Dr. Mary Jane Hurst
Professor of English

Mentor Yourself
Having served as a mentor, coordinated mentoring programs, and led mentoring discussions at conferences over many years, I can attest to this simple truth: Professionals who are provided with helpful guidance avoid unnecessary mistakes and distracting anxieties and thereby do their best work. In the interest of helping people help themselves, I offer five core strategies for developing a more satisfying and successful academic career.

Professor Melissa Merz
Associate Professor of Costume Design
Theatre and Dance

Costume Renderings of Les Liaisons Dangereus
Costume renderings and one costume of the Department of Theatre and Dance's production of Les Liaisons Dangereus.

Dr. Ron Milam
Assistant Professor, History

Not a Gentlman's War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War.
The book outlines the pressures junior officers faced during the war in Vietnam and how they coped with them.

The Vietnam War
Describes the America's involvement in the Vietnam War and its accomplishments and failures in the conflict that lasted most of the 1960s and early 70s.

Dr. Monte Monroe
Associate Archivist
Southwest Collection Library

Centennial History of Lubbock: Hub City of the Plains
Plenty of photographs fill this 100 year anniversery book of Lubbock, TX. Every aspect of Lubbock history is represented within the book.

WTHA Yearbook (editor)
The WTHA publishes a collection of articles on the history of West Texas every year. Subjects as diverse as buried Spanish treasure to KKK activity in the panhandle are covered.

Dr. Marjean Purinton
Professor of English and Acting Dean, University Honors College
English and Honors College

Cross-Dressing and the Performance of Gender in Romantic-Period Comic Plays by Women
This article examines the ways in which cross-dressing by characters in comic plays written by women contributed to the cultural changes and increasingly codified expectations for gendered behavior in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century British culture.

Romantic Praxis: Teaching British Romanticism with Drama
This article discusses the ways in which British Romantic drama was central to cultural expressions during the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century that later came to be termed

Shakespearean shadows ' parodic haunting of Thomas Love Peacock's Nightmare Abbey and Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey
This co-authored article discusses the ways in which Jane Austen's and Thomas Love Peacock's gothic novels reveal shadows of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Shakespearean bardoltry had become culturally commonplace by the late eighteenth century, and so it is no surprise to Romanticists that Shakepeare's plays were appropriated and parodied even in the gothic popular fiction of the day, and this discussion demonstrates how thoroughly Hamlet haunted early nineteenth century novel that at once made fun of and reified the gothic tradition.

Dr. Mark Stoll
Associate Professor of Environmental History

Rachel Carson: The Presbyterian Genesis of a Nature Writer
The renowned writer and naturalist Rachel Carson was granddaughter and niece of Presbyterian ministers. Her famous book, Silent Spring, as well as her other bestsellers on the sea are clear products of a characteristic Presbyterian understanding of nature and morality.

Dr. Mark Webb
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Perfect Being Theology
This is a chapter from the Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Religion, discussing a thread in traditional theology that tries to draw conclusions about the nature of God starting only from the idea that he is an absolutely perfect being.

Mr. Rob Weiner
Associate Librarian
Information Services

A Brief 100 Year Personal History of the Lubbock and West Texas Musical Heritage   (West Texas Historical Association Yearbook).
This article provides a 100 year historical overview of music on the West Texas/South Plains. It covers a wide variety of topics including the cowboy songs from 1880s and the Dixie Chicks controversy. Other artists covered include the Velvets, Joe Ely, Buddy Holly, Tommy Hancock, Butch Hancock, U2, Meat Loaf, the Nelsons, the Rolling Stones, Andy Wilkinson, Curtis Peoples and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy among many others.

Cap Critical Essays  (Comics Buyers Guide)
Interview with Andrew Smith on my book Captain America and the Struggle of the Superhero

Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives: Essays on Readers, Research, History, and Cataloging
To say that graphic novels, comics, and other forms of sequential art have become a major part of popular culture and academia would be a vast understatement. Now an established component of library and archive collections across the globe, graphic novels are proving to be one of the last kinds of print publications actually gaining in popularity. Full of practical advice and innovative ideas for librarians, educators, and archivists, this book provides a wide-reaching look at how graphic novels and comics can be used to their full advantage in educational settings. Topics include the historically tenuous relationship between comics and librarians; the aesthetic value of sequential art; the use of graphic novels in library outreach services; collection evaluations for both American and Canadian libraries; cataloging tips and tricks; and the swiftly growing realm of webcomics.

Portrayal of Nurses and Marvel Comics Night Nurse
This article looks at a little known Marvel Comics series, Night Nurse, published in 1973. This series was groundbreaking in that it was written by a woman at a time when men dominated the industry. Night Nurse had strong female characters. This article also briefly looks at the history of nurses in sequential art.

Sequential Art and Reality: Yes Virginia there is a Spider-Man (Journal of Comic Art Spring 2009)
This essay looks at Spider-Man from a librarian's perspective. It also argues that Spider-Man does indeed exist as part of our collective consciousness. One can make a case for the existence of Spider-Man based upon this. The article also draws into focus possible worlds and versions of reality. As long as there are wrongs to be righted and villains to fight, Spider-Man will continue to be a part of the Popular Culture Landscape.

Dr. Julie Willett
Associate Professor of U.S. History

The American Beauty Industry Encyclopedia, editor
This book is the first compilation to focus exclusively on this pervasive business, covering both its diverse origins and global reach. More than 100 entries were chosen specifically to illuminate the most iconic aspects of the industry's past and present, exploring the meaning of beauty practices and products, often while making analytical use of categories such as gender, race, sexuality, and stages of the lifecycle.

Dr. Aliza Wong
Assistant Professor of European History

Review of Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad
Reviews a well-written book on Italian Emigrants that addresses issues of diaspora, imperialism and nationalism.