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April 17, 2013

Hot off the press

A small sampling of recently released books written by University faculty

booksIn Richard Fenno’s new book, The Challenge of Congressional Representation (Harvard University Press), he examines the complex relationship between members of Congress and their constituents. Fenno, the William R. Kenan Professor Emeritus of Political Science and distinguished University professor emeritus, focuses on the activities of five members of the house and shows their complicated lives—from traveling back and forth between home and the Capitol, establishing and maintaining networks, and making compromises.

Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education (Stylus) examines why Native Americans remain one of the least represented and least understood populations in colleges and universities across the country. Stephanie Waterman, assistant professor in the higher education program at the Warner School, coedited the book with Heather Shotton, assistant professor in Native American studies at the University of Oklahoma, and Shelly Lowe, executive director of the Harvard University Native American Program, to help higher education professionals and institutions better understand and respond to the needs of Native American students. Written by Native American student affairs practitioners, faculty members, and non-Native allies who work with students daily, Beyond the Asterisk explores ways in which higher education professionals and institutions can better understand and, more important, better serve Native students.

“The best poems ever written constitute our future,” writes James Longenbach, the Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English, in opening his new book of essays, The Virtues of Poetry (Graywolf Press). “They refine our notions of excellence by continuing to elude them.” In interlaced chapters, Longenbach considers the almost magical powers, or virtues, that poems can enact: among them, compression, dilation, intimacy, and otherness. He leads readers, with attention to the smallest inflections of language, through works by such canonical poets as Shakespeare, Yeats, Dickinson, Marvell, Whitman, Blake, and Ashbery, and finds within them examples of the endlessly diverse powers of language.

Event celebrates University authors and their works

Provost Peter Lennie will host the Celebration of the Book on Tuesday May 7, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library.

The event, in its sixth year, will feature printed and electronic books, edited volumes and texts, as well as published compositions and CDs produced by University faculty and staff from all fields.

Authors will be on hand at the event to discuss their inspiration. Books will also be available for purchase.

If you are the author of a work published between May 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013, contact Karen Johnson (karen.johnson@ rochester.edu) in the Provost’s Office to be included in the May 7 event.

With a 47-year career in counseling and education, Howard Kirschenbaum, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the Warner School, has published a new book that aims to help others work with clients around values, goal setting, decision making, and action planning—an approach that, if used effectively, can help to enrich their practice. Clarification in Counseling and Psychotherapy (Oxford University Press) draws upon Kirschenbaum’s professional experience and qualifications as one of the early developers of values clarification—a counseling tool that helps clients determine their own priorities, set goals, make decisions, and take action to improve their lives.

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