Category Archives: In the News

August 18

News and Reviews

Books Crude Nation Raul Gallegos Book mentioned in the New York Times: “Gallegos provides crucial background for the country’s present situation, and also offers a solution for fixing the country’s economy and helping it re-enter the global energy industry.”   Perla Frédéric Brun Translated by Sarah Gendron and Jennifer Vanderheyden Review from Publishers Weekly: “…there is […]

August 17

From the Desk of Gregory D. Smithers: The Fragility of American Whiteness

The following contribution comes from Gregory D. Smithers, author of Science, Sexuality, and Race in the United States and Australia, 1780–1940, Revised Edition (Nebraska, 2017). He is an associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Fragility of American Whiteness The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, are a sad reminder of how racism, sexism, and misogyny are far from […]

August 08

From the Desk of William C. Kashatus: Remembering Dutch Daulton

The following contribution comes from Willam C. Kashatus, author of Macho Row: The 1993 Phillies and Baseball’s Unwritten Code (Nebraska, 2017). He is also the author of Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and The Breaking of Baseball’s Color Line (Nebraska, 2014) and Almost a Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the 1980 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.  […]

August 04

News and Reviews

Books Glory Days Melissa Fraterrigo Starred review from Booklist: “If Willa Cather and Cormac McCarthy had a love child, she would be a writer such as Fraterrigo, whose imagery is equally evocative and unforgiving and whose characters are every bit as anguished and forlorn.”   Solomon D. Butcher John E. Carter Review essay in the Paris Review: […]

August 03

Harvey Perlman on Warren K. Urbom

Harvey Perlman is currently a Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law, having stepped down after sixteen years of service as Chancellor of the University. Mythology and literature are replete with giants—characters that are physically larger than life. They are often loud of voice, short of temper, seldom astute, and full […]

August 01

Remembering Warren K. Urbom

Warren K. Urbom was a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska since 1970. He passed away Friday, July 28, at the age of 91. His memoir, Called to Justice: The Life of a Federal Trial Judge (Bison Books, 2012), provides the first behind-the-scenes look at what quickly became one of the most […]

July 27

From the Desk of James A. Tyner: The Violence of Health-Care Reform

James A. Tyner is a Professor of Geography at Kent State University and author of Violence in Capitalism: Devaluing Life in an Age of Responsibility (Nebraska, 2016). The paperback edition will be released in the spring of 2018.  We do not always ‘see’ violence as it happens. By this I do not mean that we […]

July 26

ICAS Book Prize Winner

Last week the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS) awarded Han F. Vermeulen the 2017 ICAS Book Prize for his stunning book, Before Boas: The Genesis of Ethnology and Ethnography in the German Enlightenment (Nebraska, 2015). ICAS is the premier international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. Founded in 1997, ICAS serves as a platform for representatives of academia […]

July 25

Excerpt: Think of Lampedusa

Earlier this month, The Guardian published “‘Do-gooders’ no more: Lampedusans turn against refugee tide as patience wears thin,” which brings attention to the recent mayoral election on the small Italian island and what it means for its resident and migrant populations. Giusi Nicolini, celebrated around the world for her commitment to welcoming refugees, was defeated by former […]

July 21

News and Reviews

Books Vice Capades Mark Stein Review in Inside Higher Ed: “There is something amusing, but also intriguing, about seeing examples from history of people working themselves up into a righteous frenzy of alarm and condemnation about, say, juggling, which was illegal in some of the early American colonies.”   Saving One’s Own Mordecai Paldiel Review essay […]