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Applied Technologies for Teachers
By Joseph Winslow, Jeremy Dickerson and Cheng-Yuan Lee
Kendall Hunt Publishing

Spadoni College of Education professor Joe Winslow, with his colleagues Jeremy Dickerson and Cheng-Yuan Lee, has written a guide to help teachers understand, design and integrate technological resources as a systemic part of their instructional method. The authors offer concepts that help educators “create a process that improves effectiveness and efficiency in teaching and learning while providing modern, technology-rich educational experiences.”

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‌Buddhism Goes to the Movies: An Introduction to Buddhist Thought and Practice
By Ronald Green
Routledge Press

CCU religion professor Ronald Green explores the basics of Buddhism by examining a variety of films that demonstrate different aspects of the religion’s themes and practices. Films covered in the book include Broken Blossoms, Lost Horizon, Fight Club, I Heart Huckabees, The Burmese Harp and Windhorse. The book also looks into contemporary developments, such as socially engaged Buddhism associated with such figures as the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Fighting for the Enemy: Koreans in Japan’s War, 1937-1945
By Brandon Palmer
University of Washington Press

CCU history professor Brian Palmer offers the first in-depth analysis of Japan’s complex wartime handling of the Korean population. Between 1937 and 1945, more than 4 million Koreans, including women, were mobilized to serve the empire’s war effort. Palmer’s exhaustive research challenges long-held popular beliefs about the coercion and exploitation of Koreans by the Japanese. The book examines military conscription versus volunteerism and the mobilization of colonial labor.

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Searching for a King: Muslim Nonviolence and the Future of Islam
By Jeffry Halverson
Syracuse University Press

Jeffrey Halverson, CCU religion professor and Islam specialist, offers a hopeful alternative to the madness of jihad in this book, based on his deep scholarship of Islam and his personal insight into its culture and traditions. The author traces the history of nonviolence and examines the lives of Muslim peace activists such as Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. Halverson predicts advances in economic stability and women’s rights as a result of nonviolence.

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Rammstein on Fire: New Perspectives on the Music and Performances
Edited by John T. Littlejohn and Michael T. Putnam
McFarland

Coedited by CCU communication lecturer John Littlejohn, this volume collects 13 essays about the German electronic metal band Rammstein, known for its dramatic, sometimes dangerous, pyrotechnical stage shows. The essays address many aspects of the band’s achievements, including its cultural influence, political character, the artistic relevance of its lyrics and compositions, even the aesthetics of its album artwork. The band was named for an air show disaster at Ramstein Air Force Base in 1988, which killed seven people.
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Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications
By Christine Mallinson, Becky Childs and Gerland Van Herk
Routledge Press

This textbook and reference tool, coauthored by CCU English professor Becky Childs, provides the latest word on data collection in the field of sociolinguistics, the study of language in relation to a variety of social factors including region, class and gender. “A primary aim of sociolinguistics,” state the authors, “is to create and refine methods for the collection of data that reflects spoken and written language in use.”

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Fear, Loathing and Victorian Xenophobia
Edited by Marlene Tromp,
Maria Bachman and Heidi Kaufman
The Ohio State University Press

Maria Bachman, chair of CCU’s Department of English and an expert on British lit of the 19th century, coedited this collection of essays exploring the phenomenon of xenophobia in Victorian letters and culture. Defining xenophobia as a “psychopathological condition, marked by a distrust and loathing of foreignness,” the editors describe how complex social upheavals caused by industrialization and trade gave rise to “…the perceived foreignness of people, objects and locations as a threat to English culture and identity.”

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Statistical Techniques in Business and Economics
By Douglas Lind, William Marchal and Samuel Wathen
McGraw Hill

Now in its 16th edition, this successful textbook coauthored with two members of the Wall College of Business faculty—Sam Wathen and Douglas Lind— is a perennial market best seller due to its comprehensive coverage of statistical concepts and methods delivered in a student friendly, step-by-step format. The text presents concepts clearly and succinctly with a conversational writing style and illustrates concepts through the liberal use of business-focused examples that are relevant to the world of a current college student.

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Neighbors of Nothing
By Jason Ockert
Dzanc Books

A collection of 10 short stories by CCU English professor Jason Ockert, Neighbors of Nothing takes its title from a poem by Mark Strand. The stories are linked by the presence of characters “who find themselves searching for new identities in worlds they no longer recognize” and who are involved in “the complex human struggle to exist with purpose.”  The book won the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest. A short video featuring Ockert reading an excerpt can be accessed on his website jasonockert.com.

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Best Practice in Motivation and Management in the Classroom
By Dennis G. Wiseman and Gilbert H. Hunt
Charles C Thomas Publishers Ltd.

The third edition of a textbook by retired Spadoni College of Education deans Dennis Wiseman and Gilbert Hunt has been published. The book, designed to help K-12 teachers meet the challenges of today’s classrooms, offers practical information for both beginning and experienced teachers. The goal of the book is to offer today’s K-12 teachers practical techniques that will help them increase their effectiveness in the classroom. The authors focus on student motivation and classroom management, two areas that are crucial to maintaining effective educational environments.

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The Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior, 1400-1700
Edited by Erin J. Campbell,
Stephanie R. Miller and Elizabeth Carroll
Ashgate

Anyone interested in learning about the look and feel of domestic life in Renaissance Italy can learn a lot from this collection of essays co-edited by CCU art professor Stephanie Miller. “This book springs from the desire to enter the Italian palazzo or casa, to experience the rooms of the palazzo fully furnished and lived in…” write the editors. The book’s 13 essays examine everything from furniture and art to food and childrearing, from country houses in Bologna to the living quarters of the infamous Lucrezia Borgia. 

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Environmental Issues: Looking Toward a Sustainable Future
By Daniel C. Abel and Robert L. McConnel
Benjamin Cummings

Coauthored by marine science professor Dan Abel, this textbook, now in its fourth edition, takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining simple math and critical thinking to gain insight into relevant local, regional and global environmental issues. It focuses on sustainability, integrating a broad overview of the essentials. The presentation of real-world issues and examples fosters the development of the math and analytical skills necessary to think critically and to understand these complex issues.

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