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Noise : a human history of sound and listening / David...Noise : a human history of sound and listening / David Hendy What if history had a sound track? What would it tell us about ourselves? Based on a thirty-part BBC Radio series and podcast, Noise explores the human dramas that have revolved around sound at various points in the last 100,000 years, allowing us to think in fresh ways about the meaning of our collective past.
Change is good. That’s what we keep saying, and what we...Change is good. That’s what we keep saying, and what we know is true. But can’t lie… we’re a little sad right now. 😔Just looking forward to what is next!
Sad to see them go, but for a good reason. The 1st floor display...Sad to see them go, but for a good reason. The 1st floor display cases will be removed tomorrow and work will begin on installation of the Tech Bar. Currently in Galileo Hall, the Tech Bar is your one stop shop for help with computer issues and software assistance.
Race, sport and the American dream / Earl Smith Race, Sport and...Race, sport and the American dream / Earl Smith Race, Sport and the American Dream reports the main findings of a long term research project investigating the scope and consequences of the deepening relationship between African American males and the institution of sport. While there is some scholarly literature on the topic, author Earl Smith tries to understand through this project how sport has changed the nature of African American Civil Society and has come to be a major influence on economic opportunities, schooling and the shaping of African American family life.
Living with a wild god : a nonbeliever’s search for...Living with a wild god : a nonbeliever’s search for the truth about everything / Barbara Ehrenreich In middle age, Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny-or as she later learned to call them, “mystical”-experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her life-long search.
Why everyone (else) is a hypocrite : evolution and the...Why everyone (else) is a hypocrite : evolution and the modular mind / Robert Kurzban Describes how behaviorial inconsistencies can be blamed on the brain’s evolution into specialized units, or modules, that do not always work together seamlessly, resulting in contradictory beliefs and preferences.
Same-sex marriage in the United States : the road to the...Same-sex marriage in the United States : the road to the Supreme Court / Jason Pierceson Same-sex marriage has become one of the defining social issues in contemporary U.S. politics. State court decisions finding in favor of same-sex relationship equality claims have been central to the issue’s ascent from nowhere to near the top of the national political agenda. Same-Sex Marriage in the United States tells the story of the legal and cultural shift, its backlash, and how it has evolved over the past 15 years.
The end of week 2. The study grind is already getting real!...The end of week 2. The study grind is already getting real! #omgsmc #smclibrary
The global war on Christians : dispatches from the front...The global war on Christians : dispatches from the front lines of anti-Christian persecution / John L. Allen Jr. From Iraq and Egypt to Sudan and Nigeria, from Indonesia to the Indian subcontinent, Christians in the early 21st century are the world’s most persecuted religious group. According to the secular International Society for Human Rights, 80 percent of violations of religious freedom in the world today are directed against Christians.
Heroines of Comic Books and Literature : Portrayals in...Heroines of Comic Books and Literature : Portrayals in Popular Culture / edited by Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones, and Bob Batchelor Contributors go beyond the expected account of women as mothers, wives, warriors, goddesses, and damsels in distress, to provide innovative analysis that situates heroines within culture, revealing them as tough, self-sufficient, and breaking the bounds of gender expectations in places readers may not have expected.
Library Tip Tuesday: Here’s your roadmap to finding that...Library Tip Tuesday: Here’s your roadmap to finding that book you’re looking for. #librarytiptuesday #omgsmc #smclibrary (at Saint Mary’s College of California)
Hoax : Hitler’s diaries, Lincoln’s assassins,...Hoax : Hitler’s diaries, Lincoln’s assassins, and other famous frauds / Edward Steers, Jr. Did a collector with a knack for making sensational discoveries really find the first document ever printed in America? Did Adolf Hitler actually pen a revealing multivolume set of diaries? Has Jesus of Nazareth’s burial cloth survived the ages? Can the shocking true account of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination be found in lost pages from his murderer’s diary?
The global debt crisis : haunting U.S. and European...The global debt crisis : haunting U.S. and European federalism / Paul E. Peterson and Daniel J. Nadler, editors Debt crises have placed strains not only on the European Union’s nascent federal system but also on the federal system in the United States. Old confrontations over fiscal responsibility are being renewed, often in a more virulent form, in places as far flung as Detroit, Michigan, and Valencia, Spain, to say nothing of Greece and Cyprus.
Crisis in the Horn of Africa : politics, piracy and the...Crisis in the Horn of Africa : politics, piracy and the threat of terror / Peter Woodward The most dangerous corner of Africa is its north-east corner where instability reigns and terrorism thrives on the antagonisms of all of its governments. This region, comprising Ethiopia, Sudan and now South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea, and stretching to include Kenya and Uganda, is a pivotal geopolitical pressure point in world politics.
Holy Scripture and the quest for authority at the end of the...Holy Scripture and the quest for authority at the end of the Middle Ages / Ian Christopher Levy All participants in late medieval debates recognized Holy Scripture as the principal authority in matters of Catholic doctrine. Popes, theologians, lawyers—all were bound by the divine truth it conveyed. Yet the church possessed no absolute means of determining the final authoritative meaning of the biblical text—hence the range of appeals to antiquity, to the papacy, and to councils, none of which were ultimately conclusive.
Find, fix, finish : inside the counterterrorism campaigns...Find, fix, finish : inside the counterterrorism campaigns that killed Bin Laden and devastated Al-Qaeda / Aki Peritz & Eric Rosenbach On 9/11 the U.S. had effectively no counterterrorism doctrine. Fast forward ten years: Osama bin Laden is dead; al Qaeda is organizationally ruined and pinned in the tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan; there has been no major attack on American soil; and while there has been at least one instance of a massive planned attack, it was crushed by the greatest international collaboration of intelligence services seen since the end of the Cold War.
The nightly news nightmare : media coverage of U.S....The nightly news nightmare : media coverage of U.S. presidential elections, 1988-2008 / Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter The Nightly News Nightmare examines news coverage of presidential nomination and election campaigns from 1988 to 2008. Farnsworth and Lichter find that the news media, despite the wide variety of outlets, have consistent problems in terms of fairness and focus on substantive matters rather than the horse-race reporting of the latest polls
Students, we promise all the construction in the Library is for...Students, we promise all the construction in the Library is for a good cause: more study space for YOU! Check out the plans for two new group study rooms and a bunch of additional open seating coming to the 3rd floor by November (fingers crossed)! Earplugs are available at circulation. 🙉 #omgsmc #smclibrary #pardonourdust (at Saint Mary’s College Library)
Fruitvale Station (2013). The purportedly true story of Oscar...Fruitvale Station (2013). The purportedly true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Blue jeans : the art of the ordinary / Daniel Miller and...Blue jeans : the art of the ordinary / Daniel Miller and Sophie Woodward This fresh and accessible ethnography offers a new vision of how society might cohere, in the face of on-going global displacement, dislocation, and migration. Drawing from intensive fieldwork in a highly diverse North London neighborhood, Daniel Miller and Sophie Woodward focus on an everyday item—blue jeans—to learn what one simple article of clothing can tell us about our individual and social lives and challenging, by extension, the foundational anthropological presumption of “the normative”.