Chic to Be Geek
Dyson Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies Nancy Reagin, PhD, combined her lifelong fascination of science fiction/fantasy literature and history to develop a series of books focused on history and pop culture: Harry Potter and History, Twilight and History, Star Trek and History, and most recently Star Wars and History, in which she collaborated with Lucasfilm and Star Wars creator George Lucas. And some Pace students even had the opportunity to write chapters for these books. Read more about Reagin’s work in Opportunitas.
From Book to Screen to Book
In their 2011 book Scripting Hitchcock, Dyson English professors Walter Raubicheck, PhD, and Walter Srebnick, PhD, explore the collaborative process between Alfred Hitchcock and the screenwriters he hired to write the scripts for three of his greatest films: Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie. Drawing from extensive interviews with the screenwriters and other film technicians who worked for Hitchcock, Raubicheck and Srebnick illustrate how much of the filmmaking process took place not on the set or in front of the camera, but in the adaptation of the sources, the mutual creation of plot and characters by the director and the writers, and the various revisions of the written texts of the films. The book was honored by the Mystery Writers of America with a nomination for the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award. Read more here.
Turning Your Degree Into Dollars
Want to know the secret to getting a job after college? Then pick up Lubin Professor Larry Chiagouris’ book, The Secret to Getting a Job After College. Chiagouris, who has been called “a branding guru,” an “All-Star marketing strategist,” and “a consumer behavior expert” by the media, has lent his expertise everywhere from the Today Show to Fox News to The Wall Street Journal, and now to students around the country. The book gives students and the unemployed tips and tactics to identify opportunities, attract the attention of an employer, ace the interview, and get the job you want.
In his latest book The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession, Lubin Professor of Economics Andrew Kliman, PhD, tackles the recent financial crisis and Great Recession with a new twist: that Marx’s crisis theory can explain these events. Marx believed that the rate of profit has a tendency to fall, leading to economic crises and recessions. Kliman’s careful data analysis leads to a simple shocking conclusion: Short of socialist transformation, the only way to escape the “new normal” of a stagnant, crisis-prone economy is to restore profitability through full-scale destruction of existing wealth, something not seen since the Depression of the 1930s.
Do You Speak Teen?
Dyson alumna and professor Jennifer Powell-Lunder, PsyD, has got you figured out. In 2011, Powell-Lunder co-authored the book Teenage as a Second Language: A Parent’s Guide to Becoming Bilingual, which seeks to uncover the code of “teen-speak” and bridge the gap in understanding adolescents today. She also spearheaded a subsequent event, “Teen Speak: A Parent’s Guide to Translating What Your Teen Really Means” in November 2011 on the PLV Campus.
In You God Trusts
Lubin student and U.S. Air Force veteran Darren Paul Shearer’s ’12 book In You God Trusts: The Five Domains of Personal Responsibility, intended to help people discover their life’s purpose, strengthen relationships, improve health, and master finances, won first place in the Christian Living category of the Christian Choice Book Awards Contest. Shearer is also founder and CEO of FitHopper, a fitness startup that was a finalist at the Seventh Annual Pace Pitch Contest.
“Obamanomics” and American Reinvention
Working with Wilhelm Hankel, Lubin Professor Robert Isaak, PhD, has co-authored Brave New World Economy: Global Finance Threatens Our Future, a book that describes how “Obamanomics,” the Euro crisis, and the shift of economic growth to emerging economies, if handled properly, can lead to “true” economic stability and job creation.
It Is What It Is Like
Pace Poet-in-Residence Charles North’s new book What It Is Like: New and Selected Poems (Turtle Point Press), which was recently named to NPR’s Best Poetry of 2011 list, spans 37 years of the author’s iconic work as well as a number of new poems. Says NPR “North is such an intelligent and good-humored writer that his literariness seems less a pose than an invitation… North is a gentlemanly guide who understands and values his ideal reader as much as he values the poems from which that reader is inseparable. As he notes, it’s worth remembering that ‘Poetry is astounding / if you don’t spend too much time on it.’”
Korrecting the Kardashians
Michelle Richter was a Mutual Fund Accounting Specialist before trading in banking for book publishing and joining Pace’s MS in Publishing program. Now the alumna is working with bestselling authors and even the Kardashian sisters, who called her “blazingly efficient” in the acknowledgments for their Kardashian Konfidential.
Poetry in Motion
Dyson Assistant Professor of English Deborah Poe, PhD, is the author of the poetry collections the last will be stone, too, Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). The upcoming book she co-edited with fellow Assistant Professor of English Ama Wattley, PhD, Between Worlds, offers excerpts from novels and short stories by some of the most important and established contemporary writers: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Rebecca Brown, Ana Castillo, Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, Rikki Ducornet, Louise Erdrich, Maxine Hong Kingston, Ha Jin, and Helena Maria Viramontes.
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