Ecological Revolutions

Author: Carolyn Merchant
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807899625
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With the arrival of European explorers and settlers during the seventeenth century, Native American ways of life and the environment itself underwent radical alterations as human relationships to the land and ways of thinking about nature all changed. This colonial ecological revolution held sway until the nineteenth century, when New England's industrial production brought on a capitalist revolution that again remade the ecology, economy, and conceptions of nature in the region. In Ecological Revolutions, Carolyn Merchant analyzes these two major transformations in the New England environment between 1600 and 1860. In a preface to the second edition, Merchant introduces new ideas about narrating environmental change based on gender and the dialectics of transformation, while the revised epilogue situates New England in the context of twenty-first-century globalization and climate change. Merchant argues that past ways of relating to the land could become an inspiration for renewing resources and achieving sustainability in the future.

The Joy of Teaching

Author: Peter Filene
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1442995831
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'A clear, concise, and elegant conversation with the reader about the goals and methods of effective education. Veteran as well as novice teachers will benefit from the examples and suggestions presented in this book.'' Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education ''The book is brief ... but it packs in lots of advice.... [Filene] addresses nuts-and-bolts questions that more highfalutin books on pedagogy might overlook.'' Chronicle of Higher Education ''Similar to a few self-help books, this book is worth reading every few years to remind us that there are better or different ways to do things.'' Education Review Gathering concepts and techniques borrowed from outstanding college professors, The Joy of Teaching provides helpful guidance for new instructors developing and teaching their first college courses. Award-winning professor Peter Filene proposes that teaching should not be like a baseball game in which the instructor pitches ideas to students to see whether they hit or strike out. Ideally, he says, teaching should resemble a game of Frisbee in which the teacher invites students to catch ideas and pass them on. Rather than prescribe any single model for success, Filene lays out the advantages and disadvantages of various pedagogical strategies, inviting new teachers to make choices based on their own personalities, values, and goals. Filene tackles everything from syllabus writing and lecture planning to class discussions, grading, and teacher-student interactions outside the classroom. The book's down-to-earth, accessible style makes it appropriate for teachers in all fields. Instructors in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences will all welcome its invaluable tips for successful teaching and learning.

To Die in Cuba

Author: Louis A. Pérez Jr.
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 146960874X
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For much of the nineteenth century and all of the twentieth, the per capita rate of suicide in Cuba was the highest in Latin America and among the highest in the world--a condition made all the more extraordinary in light of Cuba's historic ties to the Catholic church. In this richly illustrated social and cultural history of suicide in Cuba, Louis A. Perez Jr. explores the way suicide passed from the unthinkable to the unremarkable in Cuban society. In a study that spans the experiences of enslaved Africans and indentured Chinese in the colony, nationalists of the twentieth-century republic, and emigrants from Cuba to Florida following the 1959 revolution, Perez finds that the act of suicide was loaded with meanings that changed over time. Analyzing the social context of suicide, he argues that in addition to confirming despair, suicide sometimes served as a way to consecrate patriotism, affirm personal agency, or protest injustice. The act was often seen by suicidal persons and their contemporaries as an entirely reasonable response to circumstances of affliction, whether economic, political, or social. Bringing an important historical perspective to the study of suicide, Perez offers a valuable new understanding of the strategies with which vast numbers of people made their way through life--if only to choose to end it. To Die in Cuba ultimately tells as much about Cubans' lives, culture, and society as it does about their self-inflicted deaths.

The Joy of Teaching

Author: Peter G. Filene
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
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Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors

School resegregation

Author: John Charles Boger
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
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Leading thinkers in the fields of race and public education discuss the current trend of resegregation in southern schools, a trend many policymakers would prefer to ignore, but that nonetheless profoundly affects public education in the South. Essays examine why resegregation is occurring; the effects of the trend, especially on students of color and in high-poverty areas; and what might be done to counteract it.

Rascally signs in sacred places

Author: David E. Whisnant
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr
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"Anthropology meets cultural studies (popular and otherwise) and historiography with a remarkable theoretical and investigative depth. A wide range of topics includes the title essay on 19th-century culture; culture under Somoza (the elder) and resistance

Wilhelm II

Author: LaMar Cecil
Publisher: UNC Press Books
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Traces the early years in the life of Wilhelm II, German emperor before the First World War, focusing on his genealogy, education, and service as an officer in the Prussian Army

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