This collection highlights the published books selected for recognition in the Authors@EIU speaker series.
In The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going, Ryan P. Burge details a comprehensive picture of an increasingly significant group--Americans who say they have no religious affiliation.
In sixteenth-century France, the entertainment activities of women-led circles illustrate the richly complex precursors of the more famous seventeenth-century salons. This study addresses the Italianate practices of philosophical and literary sociability as they took root in France, providing the framework for such groups. Notions from the philosophy of play, such as those developed by Johan Huizinga, Eugen Fink, and Roger Caillois, who argue that play is critically intertwined with the development of society, provide a theoretical path across these periods of women’s engagement in literary culture, and the attorney Estienne Pasquier, whose voluminous network of literary and legal connections permitted him entry into the society of such women, acts as an eyewitness to this dynamic period.
Stephen Eskilson traces the history of digital design from its precursors in the nineteenth century to its technological and cultural ascendency today, providing a multifaceted account of a digital revolution that touches all aspects of our lives.
Teaching is a Human Interaction: How Thoughtful Educators Respond, are Responsive, and Take Responsibility
This book contains an argument supported by education philosophers as well as composite stories, data, and personal experiences. The author mentions a number of scholars (e.g., Benjamin, 1988; Buber, 1970; Noddings, 2005, 2013; Palmer, 1983; van Manen, 1986, 1991, 2000) who address important human issues in the field of education, and she ties their work and hers to show common themes within the issues of care, responsivity, and relational ethics. The work described in this book addresses the ideas of ethical “teacher perfection,” but the author fully understands teachers are not supposed to be, nor are they logistically able to be, all things to all children.
As editors Sara L. Hartman and Bob Klein acknowledge, rural places have long experienced systemic inequities that decrease rural students' access to education, yet many rural schools and communities have found creative means to make up for the dearth of outside resources. The Middle of Somewhere brings to light a wide variety of partnerships that have been forged between K–12 schools, communities, and postsecondary institutions to improve educational access.
For decades, the forests of Eastern North America have faced pathogen and insect pests that have functionally removed tree species from the landscape. This book presents the ecological roles that the trees play, the biology of the threats faced, and the approaches that may remediate the problems.