SMC Bookshelf

Teaching American History in a Global Context

Edited by Carl Guarneri and Jim Davis
M.E. Sharpe 2008

SMC history professor Carl Guarneri and Jim Davis '71, who teaches at Mt. San Jacinto College, present a comprehensive resource for teachers looking to add a global dimension to students’ understanding of American history. The book’s materials range from scholarly articles and reports to syllabi and lesson plans that enlarge the frame of introductory American history courses to an international view. Also included is a “Views from Abroad” section that examines problems and strategies for teaching American history to foreign audiences or recent immigrants.

The book’s emphasis on immigration, race and gender points to ways for teachers to integrate international and multicultural education, America in the world and the world in America into their courses.

Catholicism and Science

Peter M.J. Hess and Paul L. Allen
Greenwood Press 2008

Adjunct professor Peter Hess (the faith project director with the National Center for Science Education in Oakland) and Paul Allen from Concordia University in Montreal write about the interaction between Catholics and science. Understanding the natural world has always been a strength of Catholic thought and research, from the great theologians of the Middle Ages to the present day, and science has been a hallmark of Catholic education for centuries. Catholicism and Science, a volume in the Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion series, covers all aspects of the relationship of science and the church.

The book illustrates how Catholics interacted with the profound changes in the physical and biological sciences during the Scientific Revolution; how Catholic scientists reacted to the theory of evolution and their attempts to make evolution compatible with Catholic theology; and the implications of Roman Catholic doctrinal and moral teachings for neuroscience, genetics and cloning.

Human Ecology Economics: A New Framework for Global Sustainability

Edited by Roy E. Allen
Routledge 2007

Roy Allen, dean of the School of Economics and Business Administration, presents “human ecology economics” as a new and more comprehensive interdisciplinary framework for understanding world conditions and human systems. The book helps economists rethink the boundaries and methods of their discipline so they can participate more fully in debates over humankind’s problems and on ways to solve them.

Authors contributing to the book agree that human ecology economics is a “superior framework” for responding to global sustainability concerns. Unlike traditional economics and other social sciences, it allows for a long-term perspective, incorporates insights from the humanities and effectively juxtaposes sustainability and other interdisciplinary issues alongside traditional economic concerns.