Men, Red Tents, and Black Mountains: The Lost Tomb of Queen Tin
Alonzo W. Pond’20
Edited by Michael A. Tarabulski’81
The Narrative Press
Santa Barbara, Calif., 2003
In 1925, George Collie, legendary Beloit professor of geology and anthropology (1892-1931), sent recent graduate Alonzo Pond’20 on a collection expedition to the Algerian Sahara. His trip, on behalf of the nascent Logan Museum, became the first automobile expedition of its kind across the Sahara.
Pond was the only trained anthropologist on the expedition.
He documented the six-week trek through photographs and writings,
which provide this beautiful narrative of the landscape and people,
including the Tuaregs, a mysterious, matriarchal society, in which
men wear veils.
Editor Tarabulski has done extensive research on Pond and produced
a short documentary film about the expedition in 2001 for the
American Anthropological Association. He is an archivist for the
University of Idaho.
of Immortality: Chasing the Dream of Human Life Extension
Stephen S. Hall’73
Houghton Mifflin Company
Boston and New York, 2003
Award-winning science writer Stephen S. Hall explores the bold frontiers of contemporary science with top researchers and entrepreneurs who are racing to create ways to make longer, healthier lives possible.
What he finds, according to the New York
Times Book Review, is “our arrival in a place of tremendous
medical opportunity and also baffling political idiocy.”
“The long-term promise
of stem cell therapy is
everything it has been
cracked up to be: the potential
clinical impact is staggering,
on a par with the
therapeutic importance of
antibiotics,” Hall writes.
“But solving all the biological
problems is a staggering
task, too, and it is a task
that has been largely
assigned, by politics and
happenstance, to a handful
of underfinanced, understaffed,
overwhelmed boutique biotech companies.”
Hall is a journalist and the author of three critically
acclaimed books about contemporary science. He has been a contributing
writer and editor for The New York Times Magazine and his
pieces have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian,
and many other publications.
In Every Deafness
Chicago, Ill., 2003
In his first published collection
of poems, Graham
Foust sounds the depths of
need and loss through narcotics
and the bleak interiors
“Graham Foust has an unerring sense of the exact
contours of a particular thought and is able to express them with
mathematical precision and emotional delicacy; yet pushing against
lyric constraint is wildness, uneasiness, sometimes terror,” writes
poet and critic Susan Howe. “Though As In Every Deafness
recalls the wintry meditative intensity of William Bronk, it’s
a new millennium: ‘Our economy proceeds / as if life were an unlearning.’
Foust is an assistant professor of English at Drake University.
Pecan Grove Press
San Antonio, Texas, 2003
Jean Trounstine, author of Shakespeare Behind
Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women’s Prison,
and a professor of humanities at Middlesex (Mass.) Community College,
has written a book of poetry that came out of her battle with breast
uncertainty of living with
cancer and takes readers on
a journey through treatment,
recovery, and re-entering the
world of the well.
“In this journey, we are blessed by the language
of healing—triumphant, translucently honest,” author Marjorie Agosin
writes of the book. “Almost Home Free is a tale of fortitude.”
Frontiers, Ethnic Boundaries, and Human Geographies in Chinese History
by Nicola Di Cosmo and Don J. Wyatt’75
This book is concerned with
physical spaces, enclosing
political entities, and distinguishing
social or ethnic
groups—and what they
bring to an analysis of
Chinese history and society.
Composed of papers by
scholars from many
anthropology, religion, art history, and literary studies), the book is unique in the wide
span of history it covers.
Each author focuses on a
distinct period that results in
a chronological sweep of
nearly three millennia.
Don J. Wyatt is professor of history at Middlebury
College in Vermont. He specializes in Chinese intellectual history
and philosophy, with particular emphasis on the many intersections
between cosmological and political thought that prevailed among
premodern scholars during various periods.
Before History: An Archaeological Companion and Guide
Curtis Runnels and Priscilla M. Murray’67
Stanford University Press
Stanford, Calif. 2001
Greece Before History is a comprehensive handbook for
Europe’s most archaeologically rich landscape. It traces the prehistory
of the region, from its earliest inhabitants in the Stone Age to
the collapse of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. Detailed
illustrations accompany the text, offering a unique glimpse into
early Greek cultures.
research with accessibility,
allowing anyone curious
about the history of Greece
to become engrossed by its
artifacts, architecture, customs,
Murray is programs administrator of the Archaeological Institute
of America and a research fellow at Boston University; Runnels is
professor of archaeology at Boston University.
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