March 3, 2010
Books and Publications
• Gregory Orfalea’s upcoming book of stories, The Man Who Guarded the Bomb (Syracuse University Press, 2010) centers on the experiences of one Arab-American family. The visiting adjunct professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies writes about a boy alone with his first love on a Disneyland ride; a bitter wife who holds her husband’s life in her hands; and a man seeking redemption for helping create the H-bomb. Together the stories chronicle the lives of the fictional family over generations and continents.
• Nancy Sherman, university professor of philosophy, examines the emotional weight carried by service men and women returning from war in her new book, The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds and Souls of Our Soldiers (W.W. Norton and Company, 2010). Sherman investigates the various moral ambiguities soldiers face while in combat. She argues that citizens must look beyond the public face of war to understand the personal toll it takes on those in the military.
• Othmar Winkler, professor emeritus of business and economic statistics, encapsulates six decades of teaching statistics and involvement in socioeconomic research projects in his new book, Interpreting Economic and Social Data: A Foundation of Descriptive Statistics (Springer Verlag, 2009). Winkler challenges preconceptions about statistical theory, including aggregation, frequency distributions and probability, offering a deeper understanding of data and methods. The book aims to bridge the gap between modern statistical theory and econometric and mathematical models of society.
(March 2, 2010)
Other University News
A new master's program at Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies will explore disabilities in social, cultural, historical and political contexts.