What I’m Reading This Summer: John Rickard

This week’s “What I’m Reading This Summer” list features John Rickard, Professor of English.  John writes,

“Here are the first couple of books I’m either reading or preparing to read:

Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth — I picked it because I’d read good reviews, because it won the Booker Prize, and because it’s a historical novel that portrays the slave trade in the 18th century.

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride — a new experimental Irish novel that’s getting a lot of attention right now; the author has written about her debt to James Joyce, which makes it especially interesting to me.

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein — highly recommended by my wife and pertinent after a recent trip to Greece.

Inventing Human Rights: A History, by Lynn Hunt — preparation for an Integrated Perspectives course next spring.”

Also on John’s summertime reading list are:

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Zone One, by Colson Whitehead

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Enroll in Password Reset right now!

We have changed dozens of passwords this summer. Why? Because users have

  1. Forgotten their password completely, or
  2. Forgotten the answers to their security questions, or
  3. Forgotten to enroll in Password Reset with their own security questions, or
  4. Ignored all the emails that told them their password was about to expire.

If this happens, you can be out of luck while you try to get in touch with a staff person at the tech desk who can help you.

Go to pr.bucknell.edu now, click on Enroll Now, and set up your security questions!


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What’s new in Google Apps

Do you ever see something new in Bmail or Drive and wonder what it is? Google maintains a calendar of updates to Google Apps that’s open to everyone. Check in out: http://whatsnew.googleapps.com/


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Taming “Big Data”: Using Data Analytics for Student Success and Institutional Intelligence

The Association of Governing Boards has published a special online edition with a focus on higher ed IT, and our BUI project is one of the projects featured in the article about Big Data.  Our own Param Bedi is quoted!


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What I’m Reading This Summer: Sue Ellen Henry

The latest entry in our summertime faculty reading series comes from Sue Ellen Henry, Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center.

Sue Ellen says:  “Summer reading is maybe the best, because it’s more loose, spent in time chunks of more than 15 minutes, and I can stay up later, which means reading in bed, which may be the best thing ever.”

Here’s what she is reading and plans to read for the summer:

Citizen, Caludia Rankine: who will be coming to campus as a visiting poet this year.

Hold Still, Sally Mann. A beautiful text that explores this famous photographer’s relationship with her parents, her art, and her children.

On The Move, Oliver Sacks. Similar to Mann’s autobiography, Sacks (who has terminal cancer), explores the small and large influences on his thinking, his time as a Venice beach weight lifter, learning to be a gay man comfortable in his own skin, doing drugs, and most importantly, how he discovered his gift of developing rapport with his patients.

The Good Food Revolution, Will Allen. This is the first year common reading for our incoming class.

How College Works, Dan Chambliss and Christopher Takacs. This is the central text around which the TLC is centering our programming for 2015-16. The short story: relationships are what help make college successful for students.

She adds, “I have also committed to reading The New Yorker each week this summer. I have the better part of a year’s worth which will be great for reading-while-camping!”

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What I’m Reading This Summer: Logan Connors

Week five of our “What I’m Reading This Summer” series features Logan Connors, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies.  Logan recently received a faculty development summer research grant to work on his new scholarly project, a book about theater and emotion in early modern France.

Logan says, “I’ll be doing a lot of reading for research, but some leisure reading as well.  I’ll be reading:

Joseph Harris, Inventing the Spectator: Subjectivity & the Theatrical Experience in Early Modern France. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2014.

Larry F. Norman, The Shock of the Ancient: Literature & History in Early Modern France. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2011.

Robert Morrissey, The Economy of Glory: From Ancien Régime France to the Fall of Napoleon. Chicago and London: Chicago, 2014.

Albert O. Hirschman, The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1997.

Martha C. Nussbaum, Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice. Cambridge, MA: Belknap/Harvard, 2013.

I hope to read these works as well as several sentimental French plays from the 1720s and 1730s—works by Voltaire, Marivaux, Nivelle de La Chaussée, and Houdar de La Mothe.

For fun, I’d like to finally read Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which has been sitting on my nightstand for about a year, and I’ll definitely read Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel, the very controversial Soumission (2015).”

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What I’m Reading This Summer: John Hunter

The fourth entry in our series, “What I’m Reading This Summer” features John Hunter, Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities.

This summer, John is reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari.  John says that he is reading the book “to get a better background in the kind of assumptions that people make in evolutionary psychology” and also “because pre-history is being taken more and more seriously as a strong influence upon the events in recorded history too.”  He also adds that the book is  accessibly written and fascinating.  

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