MOOCs / Jonathan Haber.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 19, 2015 - 2:40pm
Title: MOOCs / Jonathan Haber.
Author: Haber, Jonathan.
Call Number: LB1044.87 .H27 2014

The rise and fall of intelligence : an international security history / Michael Warner.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 16, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: The rise and fall of intelligence : an international security history / Michael Warner.
Author: Warner, Michael.
Call Number: JK468.I6 W358 2014
Description: A century ago, almost any state could be competitive at espionage.Fifty years ago, only the Cold War alliances clustered around the two superpowers could. Today, however, many states can do so once again, and private entities and even individuals can gather secrets and manipulate events around the globe. The skills and technology needed to "do" intelligence have diffused around the world and across societies; they can literally be purchased on-line. The problems caused by this spread of intelligence now reach beyond the security services to corporate offices and private homes. This book is a sweeping history of the development of professional, institutionalized intelligence as well as a look at the implications of fall of the state monopoly going forward. The book is oriented toward U.S. intelligence, but the early chapters address the birth of professional intelligence in Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century. Throughout, there is an emphasis on technological advancement as a driver of intelligence, both in terms of creating a need for intelligence and counterintelligence and in terms of improving its techniques.

The forgotten history of African American baseball / Lawrence D. Hogan.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 14, 2015 - 9:40am
Title: The forgotten history of African American baseball / Lawrence D. Hogan.
Author: Hogan, Lawrence D., 1944-
Call Number: GV875.N35 H64 2014
Description: "This text gives readers the chance to experience the unique character and personalities of the African American game of baseball in the United States, starting from the time of slavery, through the Negro Leagues and integration period, and beyond"--

A locker room of her own : celebrity, sexuality, and female athletes / David C. Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen, editors.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 13, 2015 - 4:40pm
Title: A locker room of her own : celebrity, sexuality, and female athletes / David C. Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen, editors.
Call Number: GV697.A1 L62 2013

Economics and youth violence : crime, disadvantage, and community / edited by Richard Rosenfeld, Mark Edberg, Xiangming Fang, and Curtis S. Florence.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 13, 2015 - 4:40pm
Title: Economics and youth violence : crime, disadvantage, and community / edited by Richard Rosenfeld, Mark Edberg, Xiangming Fang, and Curtis S. Florence.
Call Number: HQ799.2.V56 E26 2013
Description: "How do economic conditions such as poverty, unemployment, inflation, and economic growth impact youth violence? Economics and Youth Violence provides a much-needed new perspective on this crucial issue. Pinpointing the economic factors that are most important, the editors and contributors in this volume explore how different kinds of economic issues impact children, adolescents, and their families, schools, and communities. Offering new and important insights regarding the relationship between macroeconomic conditions and youth violence across a variety of times and places, chapters cover such issues as the effect of inflation on youth violence; new quantitative analysis of the connection between race, economic opportunity, and violence; and the cyclical nature of criminal backgrounds and economic disadvantage among families. Highlighting the complexities in the relationship between economic conditions, juvenile offenses, and the community and situational contexts in which their connections are forged, Economics and Youth Violence prompts important questions that will guide future research on the causes and prevention of youth violence."--Publisher information.

Unclenching our fists : abusive men on the journey to nonviolence / Sara Elinoff Acker ; photography by Peter Acker.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 13, 2015 - 4:40pm
Title: Unclenching our fists : abusive men on the journey to nonviolence / Sara Elinoff Acker ; photography by Peter Acker.
Author: Acker, Sara Elinoff.
Call Number: HV1441.8.U5 E45 2013
Description: "Presents collection of stories of domestic violence perpetrators who have stopped being abusive. Includes first-person stories and photographs of men who worked on themselves over years in violence intervention programs and discussion of stages of accountability and behavioral change. Includes chapter for women in abusive relationships trying to assess whether their partners are capable of making needed changes"--Provided by publisher.

Our final invention : artificial intelligence and the end of the human era / James Barrat.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 13, 2015 - 4:40pm
Title: Our final invention : artificial intelligence and the end of the human era / James Barrat.
Author: Barrat, James.
Call Number: Q335 .B377 2013
Description: "The Internet is usually considered a breakthrough in technological--and even social--progress. The promises that it holds for our future are discussed in terms of an utopian vision--intelligent, helpful robots; enhanced brain function; disease-and-famine ridding nanotechnology, and other positive benefits. But there's another, rarely discussed and far darker possibility. As Our Final Invention argues, we may be racing towards our own annihilation, as the military, academia, and corporate advances in artificial intelligence may lead to an uncontrollable new lifeform far smarter and more powerful than we can imagine. Advanced artificial intelligence might seem like a far-out science fiction story, but it is actually far closer than most of us realize. Bringing together the ideas of experts in a thoroughly accessible way and exposing the dark side to the vision presented in The Singularity is Near, Our Final Invention explores how the convergence of current developments in technology may lead to a catastrophic outcome within the next few years"--

Raising global IQ : preparing our students for a shrinking planet / Carl F. Hobert.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 13, 2015 - 5:40am
Title: Raising global IQ : preparing our students for a shrinking planet / Carl F. Hobert.
Author: Hobert, Carl F., 1961-
Call Number: LC1090 .H63 2013
Description: "In Raising Global IQ, Carl Hobert calls on K-12 teachers, administrators, parents, and students alike to transform the educational system by giving students the tools they need to become responsible citizens in a shrinking, increasingly interdependent world. Drawing on his nearly thirty years teaching, developing curricula, and leading conflict-resolution workshops here and around the world, he offers creative, well-tested, and understandable pedagogical ideas to help improve our children's GIQ: Global Intelligence Quotient. Cognizant of many U.S. schools' limited budgets and time, Hobert advocates teaching foreign languages early in life, honing students' conflict-resolution skills, providing creative-service learning opportunities, and offering cultural-exchange possibilities in students' own communities, as well as nationally and abroad--all before they graduate from high school"--

The bigot : why prejudice persists / Stephen Eric Bronner.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 12, 2015 - 5:40am
Title: The bigot : why prejudice persists / Stephen Eric Bronner.
Author: Bronner, Stephen Eric, 1949-
Call Number: HM1091 .B76 2014
Description: "Stephen Eric Bronner is a prolific author, activist, and one of America's leading political thinkers. His new book presents bigotry as a systematic, all-encompassing mindset that has a special affinity for right-wing movements. In what will surely prove a seminal study, Bronner explores its appeal, the self-image it justifies, the interests it serves, and its complex connection with modernity. He reveals how prejudice shapes the conspiratorial and paranoid worldview of the true believer, the elitist, and the chauvinist. In the process, it becomes apparent how the bigot hides behind mainstream conservative labels in order to support policies designed to disadvantage the targets of his contempt. Examining bigotry in its various dimensions-anthropological, historical, psychological, sociological, and political-Professor Bronner illustrates how the bigot's intense hatred of "the other" is a direct reaction to social progress, liberal values, secularism, and an increasingly complex and diverse world. A sobering look at the bigot in the twenty-first century, this volume is essential for making sense of the dangers facing democracy now and in the future"--

The Trauma of Everyday Life / Mark Epstein.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 12, 2015 - 5:40am
Title: The Trauma of Everyday Life / Mark Epstein.
Author: Epstein, Mark .
Call Number: RC552.T7 E678 2014
Description: Trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people; it is the bedrock of our psychology. Death and illness touch us all, but even the everyday sufferings of loneliness and fear are traumatic. In The Trauma of Everyday Life renowned psychiatrist and author of Thoughts Without a Thinker Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational potential of trauma, revealing how it can be used for the mind's own development. Western psychology teaches that if we understand the cause of trauma, we might move past it while many drawn to Eastern practices see meditation as a means of rising above, or distancing themselves from, their most difficult emotions. Both, Epstein argues, fail to recognize that trauma is an indivisible part of life and can be used as a lever for growth and an ever deeper understanding of change. When we regard trauma with this perspective, understanding that suffering is universal and without logic, our pain connects us to the world on a more fundamental level. The way out of pain is through it. Epstein's discovery begins in his analysis of the life of Buddha, looking to how the death of his mother informed his path and teachings. The Buddha's spiritual journey can be read as an expression of primitive agony grounded in childhood trauma. Yet the Buddha's story is only one of many in The Trauma of Everyday Life. Here, Epstein looks to his own experience, that of his patients, and of the many fellow sojourners and teachers he encounters as a psychiatrist and Buddhist. They are alike only in that they share in trauma, large and small, as all of us do. Epstein finds throughout that trauma, if it doesn't destroy us, wakes us up to both our minds' own capacity and to the suffering of others. It makes us more human, caring, and wise. It can be our greatest teacher, our freedom itself, and it is available to all of us.

Reason in a dark time : why the struggle against climate change failed--and what it means for our future / Dale Jamieson.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 12, 2015 - 5:40am
Title: Reason in a dark time : why the struggle against climate change failed--and what it means for our future / Dale Jamieson.
Author: Jamieson, Dale.
Call Number: GE40 .J36 2014
Description: rom the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference there was a concerted international effort to stop climate change. Yet greenhouse gas emissions increased, atmospheric concentrations grew, and global warming became an observable fact of life. In this book, the author explains that climate change is, why we have failed to stop it, and why it still matters what we do. Centered in philosophy, the volume also treats the scientific, historical, economic, and political dimensions of climate change. Our failure to prevent or even to respond significantly to climate change, the author argues, reflects the impoverishment of our systems of practical reason, the paralysis of our politics, and the limits of our cognitive and affective capacities. The climate change that is underway is remaking the world in such a way that familiar comforts, places, and ways of life will disappear in years or decades rather than centuries. Climate change also threatens our sense of meaning, since it is difficult to believe that our individual actions matter. The challenges that climate change presents go beyond the resources of common sense morality; it can be hard to view such everyday acts as driving and flying as presenting moral problems. Yet there is much that we can do to slow climate change, to adapt to it and restore a sense of agency while living meaningful lives in a changing world. -- From publisher's website.

The Oxford illustrated history of the first World War / edited by Hew Strachan.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 12, 2015 - 12:40am
Title: The Oxford illustrated history of the first World War / edited by Hew Strachan.
Call Number: D521 .W64 2014
Description: The First World War, now a century ago, still shapes the world in which we live. This volume brings together essays by distinguished historians, covering the war's causes and consequences; strategy and tactics; and its political and human legacies.

Atheists in America / edited by Melanie E. Brewster.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 12, 2015 - 12:40am
Title: Atheists in America / edited by Melanie E. Brewster.
Call Number: BL2747.3 .A845 2014

Life's blueprint : the science and art of embryo creation / Benny Shilo.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 12, 2015 - 12:40am
Title: Life's blueprint : the science and art of embryo creation / Benny Shilo.
Author: Shilo, Benny, 1951-
Call Number: QM601 .S55 2014

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The neuroscience of human relationships : attachment and the developing social brain / Louis Cozolino.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 9, 2015 - 1:40pm
Title: The neuroscience of human relationships : attachment and the developing social brain / Louis Cozolino.
Author: Cozolino, Louis J.,
Call Number: QP360 .C69 2014

Intimate lives of the ancient Greeks / Stephanie Lynn Budin.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 9, 2015 - 1:40pm
Title: Intimate lives of the ancient Greeks / Stephanie Lynn Budin.
Author: Budin, Stephanie Lynn,
Call Number: DF91 .B84 2013
Description: Overview: This work explores various aspects of ancient Greek personal and emotional lives, beginning with their understandings of their own bodies, individual and personal relationships, and ending with their feelings about religion and the afterlife. It covers ancient Greek culture from the early Archaic period in the 8th century BCE through the Late Classical period in the 4th century BCE. Readers will be fascinated to learn what the Greeks thought about the gods, physical deformity, citizenship, nymphs, goats, hospitality, and sexual relations that would be considered incest by modern standards. The content of the book provides an intimate sense of what the ancient Greeks were actually like, connecting ancient experiences to present-day culture. The chapters span a wide range of topics, including the human body, family and societal relationships, city life, the world as they knew it, and religious belief. The author draws extensively on primary sources to allow the reader to "hear" the Greeks speak for themselves and presents evidence from literature, art, and architecture in order to depict the ancient Greeks as living, breathing, thinking, and feeling people.

When America turned : reckoning with 1968 / David Wyatt.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 9, 2015 - 1:40pm
Title: When America turned : reckoning with 1968 / David Wyatt.
Author: Wyatt, David, 1948-
Call Number: E846 .W93 2014

Watching them be : star presence on the screen from Garbo to Balthazar / James Harvey.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 9, 2015 - 1:40pm
Title: Watching them be : star presence on the screen from Garbo to Balthazar / James Harvey.
Author: Harvey, James, 1929-
Call Number: PN1998.2 .H425 2014
Description: Demystifying the "star presence" in cinema, this provocative look at how aura is communicated in movies throughout history celebrates the actors and directors who have particularly conveyed a feeling of transcendence including Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne, Robert De Niro and Roberto Rossellini.

Overruled : the long war for control of the U.S. Supreme Court / Damon Root.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 9, 2015 - 1:40pm
Title: Overruled : the long war for control of the U.S. Supreme Court / Damon Root.
Author: Root, Damon,
Call Number: KF8742 .R655 2014
Description: "Can the federal government make you eat your fruits and vegetables? Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan seemed to think so when asked if she thought Congress possessed the constitutional power to force every American to "eat three fruits and three vegetables every day." Kagan laughed and said that while it sounded like "a dumb law, " that did not make it an unconstitutional one. In other words, if you don't like what your lawmakers have done, take your complaint to the ballot box, not to the courthouse. It was a classic case of judicial restraint, the idea that judges should defer to the will of the majority and refrain from striking down most democratically-enacted laws, even the really dumb ones. Judicial restraint and judicial activism cut across the political spectrum in surprising ways and make for some unusual bedfellows. Judicial restraint is not only a touchstone of the Progressive left, it is also a philosophy adopted by many members of the modern right. The growing camp of libertarians and free-market conservatives, however, has no patience with judicial restraint and little use for majority rule. Chief Justice Roberts' 2012 ruling in favor of Obama's health care law is an excellent case in point, though only the most recent. This is the story of two competing visions, each one with its own take on what role the government and the courts should play in our society, a fundamental debate that goes to the very heart of our constitutional system"--
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