Reading at the Table
The annual Reading at the Table series provides an opportunity for members of the IUPUI community to celebrate published books written by IUPUI faculty or staff. During each luncheon, the featured author/editor will read from his or her work and open the floor to discussion. All programs are held from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the University Faculty Club Indianapolis located on the 2nd floor of the University Place Conference Center (850 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202) in Room 200. Faculty Club members and nonmembers, alike, are welcome to attend the monthly sessions. Seating is limited; registration is encouraged. Walk-ins will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis—if space is available. Purchase of a buffet-style lunch for $13.00 (dessert and soft drinks not included) is required to attend this event.
To register, visit our Events Page.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy, J.D.
Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Talking Politics? What You Need to Know Before Opening Your Mouth
Honest, objective, and informed political debates are all too rare in today's polarized and partisan climate. Public policy is increasingly driven by ideology while political spin, distortions, and even demonizing opponents by disseminating outright lies are routine practice from Washington to the local city council. Super-heated and hyper-partisan rhetoric, increasingly homogeneous political and ideological communities, and the public's spotty knowledge about our political system all undermine informed and considered responses to policy debates.
Talking Politics? What You Need to Know Before Opening Your Mouth, Georgetown University Press. Retrieved from http://press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/talking-politics#body
Philip Kevin Goff, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies
Brian Steensland, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
The New Evangelical Social Engagement
In recent years evangelical Christians have been increasingly turning their attention toward issues such as the environment, international human rights, economic development, racial reconciliation, and urban renewal. Such engagement marks both a return to historic evangelical social action and a pronounced expansion of the social agenda advanced by the Religious Right in the past few decades. For outsiders to evangelical culture, this trend complicates simplistic stereotypes. For insiders, it brings contention over what “true” evangelicalism means today.
The New Evangelical Social Engagement, Barnes & Noble. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-new-evangelical-social-engagement-brian-steensland/1115874932?ean=9780199329533
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Kristina Horn Sheeler, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture
Winner of the James A. Winans and Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address from the National Communication Association
2014 Outstanding Book Award from the Organization for the
Study of Communication, Language and Gender
In Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture, Kristina Horn Sheeler and Karrin Vasby Anderson provide a discussion of US presidentiality as a unique rhetorical role. Within that framework, they review women’s historical and contemporary presidential bids, placing special emphasis on the 2008 campaign. They also consider how presidentiality is framed in candidate oratory, campaign journalism, film and television, digital media, and political parody.
Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture, Barnes & Noble. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/woman-president-dr-kristina-horn-sheeler-phd/1115520556?ean=9781603449830
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Jonathan R. Eller, Ph.D.
Chancellor's Professor of English
Ray Bradbury Unbound
Click here to read the September 24th review from the Washington Post.
In Ray Bradbury Unbound, Jonathan R. Eller continues the story begun in his acclaimed Becoming Ray Bradbury following the beloved author's evolution from a short story master to a multimedia creative force and outspoken visionary.
At the height of his powers as a poetic prose stylist, Bradbury shifted his creative attention to film and television, where new successes gave him an enduring platform as a compelling cultural commentator. His passionate advocacy validated the U.S. space program's mission, extending his pivotal role as a chronicler of human values in an age of technological wonders.
Informed by many years of interviews with Bradbury as well as an unprecedented access to personal papers and private collections, Ray Bradbury Unbound provides the definitive portrait of how a legendary American author helped shape his times.
Ray Bradbury Unbound. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ray-bradbury-unbound-jonathan-r-eller/1119220600?ean=9780252038693
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
William H. Schneider, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Professor and Director of Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Adjunct Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics (School of Medicine)
The History of Blood Transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa
This first extensive study of the practice of blood transfusion in Africa traces the history of one of the most important therapies in modern medicine from the period of colonial rule to independence and the AIDS epidemic. The introduction of transfusion held great promise for improving health, but like most new medical practices, transfusion needed to be adapted to the needs of sub-Saharan Africa, for which there was no analogous treatment in traditional African medicine.
This otherwise beneficent medical procedure also created a “royal road” for microorganisms, and thus played a central part in the emergence of human immune viruses in epidemic form. As with more developed health care systems, blood transfusion practices in sub-Saharan Africa were incapable of detecting the emergence of HIV. As a result, given the wide use of transfusion, it became an important pathway for the initial spread of AIDS. Yet African health officials were not without means to understand and respond to the new danger, thanks to forty years of experience and a framework of appreciating long-standing health risks. The response to this risk, detailed in this book, yields important insight into the history of epidemics and HIV/AIDS.
Drawing on research from colonial-era governments, European Red Cross societies, independent African governments, and directly from health officers themselves, this book is the only historical study of the practice of blood transfusion in Africa.
The History of Blood Transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-history-of-blood-transfusion-in-sub-saharan-africa-william-h-schneider/1114002445?ean=9780821420379
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Ronda C. Henry Anthony, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies
Searching for the New Black Man: Black Masculinity and Women's Bodies
"Both historical and topical, The Search for the New Black Man provides new insights as it contextualizes Walter Mosley's Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned in the tradition of the neo-slave narrative and President Obama's autobiography against DuBois's Dark Princess. Professor Ronda Henry Anthony carries the conversation from the historical sources into our lives, opening conversations crucial to our understanding of black masculinities and their implications for America in the 21st century."
—Missy Dehn Kubitschek, professor of English, Africana studies, women's studies, and American studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Searching for the New Black Man: Black Masculinity and Women’s Bodies. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/searching-for-the-new-black-man-ronda-c-henry-anthony/1113632717?ean=9781628461800
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Thomas J. Davis, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies, Professor of Philanthropic Studies
The Devil Likes to Sing
The Devil Likes to Sing. Retrieved from
Timothy McFarland is a failed theology student turned gift book writer. His 101 Good Things about Christmas has sold millions. But Timothy finds that his success has changed nothing; in fact, he seems more stuck in his life than ever. Wanting to be more than a rich hack, he is confronted by Lucifer, a Wagner-loving devil who offers to mold Timothy into a serious writer by teaching him to take a colder look at life.
And it works. Timothy is published in the right literary and commercial venues, and there's talk of The Great American Novel. Along the way, Timothy and the devil are having a grand time, talking religion, catching bad Elvis impersonators at the casinos, and watching devil-cam, Lucifer's ultimate home video network. But there's a final step Timothy must take. Can he write coolly about a tragedy that unfolds before his eyes, as the devil urges? Will he take on the full weight of the devil's writing gift and make it his own? All he has to do is change who he really is.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Assistant Professor of English
The characters in Praying Drunk speak in tongues, torture their classmates, fall in love, hunt for immortality, abandon their children, keep machetes beneath passenger seats, and collect porcelain figurines. A man crushes pills on the bathroom counter while his son watches from the hallway; missionaries clumsily navigate an uprising with barbed wire and broken glass; a boy disparages memorized scripture, facedown on the asphalt, as he fails to fend off his bully. From Kentucky to Florida to Haiti, these seemingly disparate lives are woven together within a series of nested repetitions, enacting the struggle to remain physically and spiritually alive throughout the untamable turbulence of their worlds. In a masterful blend of fiction, autobiography, and surrealism, Kyle Minor shows us that the space between fearlessness and terror is often very small. Long before Praying Drunk reaches its plaintive, pitch-perfect end, Minor establishes himself again and again as one of the most talented younger writers in America.
Praying Drunk, Barnes & Noble. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/praying-drunk-kyle-minor/1114937818?ean=9781936747634