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 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 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. A buffet lunch can be purchased for $13, which includes tax and gratuity. Dessert and beverages (lemonade/iced tea/soft drinks) are extra.
To register, visit our Events Page.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Robert Rebein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts
Dragging Wyatt Earp: A Personal History of Dodge City
In Dragging Wyatt Earp, essayist Robert Rebein explores what it means to grow up in, leave, and ultimately return to the iconic Western town of Dodge City, Kansas. In chapters ranging from memoir to reportage to revisionist history, Rebein contrasts his hometown’s Old West heritage with a New West reality that includes salvage yards, beef packing plants, and bored teenagers cruising up and down Wyatt Earp Boulevard.
Along the way, Rebein covers a vast expanse of place and time and revisits a number of Western myths, including those surrounding Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle, George Armstrong Custer, and (of course) Wyatt Earp himself. Rebein rides a bronc in a rodeo, spends a day as a pen rider at a local feedlot, and attempts to “buck the tiger” at Dodge City’s new Boot Hill Casino and Resort.
Funny and incisive, Dragging Wyatt Earp is an exciting new entry in what is sometimes called the nonfiction of place. It is a must read for anyone interested in Western history, contemporary memoir, or the collision of Old and New West on the high plains of Kansas.
Dragging Wyatt Earp: A Personal History of Dodge City. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dragging-wyatt-earp-robert-rebein/1114002434?ean=9780804011426
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Dennis J. Devine, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Science
Jury Decision Making – The State of the Science
While jury decision making has received considerable attention from social scientists, there have been few efforts to systematically pull together all the pieces of this research. In Jury Decision Making, Dennis J. Devine examines over 50 years of research on juries and offers a "big picture" overview of the field. The volume summarizes existing theories of jury decision making and identifies what we have learned about jury behavior, including the effects of specific courtroom practices, the nature of the trial, the characteristics of the participants, and the evidence itself. Making use of those foundations, Devine offers a new integrated theory of jury decision making that addresses both individual jurors and juries as a whole and discusses its ramifications for the courts. Providing a unique combination of broad scope, extensive coverage of the empirical research conducted over the last half century, and theory advancement, this accessible and engaging volume offers "one-stop shopping" for scholars, students, legal professionals, and those who simply wish to better understand how well the jury system works.
Jury Decision Making – The State of the Science. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jury-decision-making-dennis-j-devine/1110855554?ean=9780814720196
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
David Orentlicher, M.D., J.D.
Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law, Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Two Presidents Are Better Than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch
When talking heads and political pundits make their “What’s Wrong with America” lists, two concerns invariably rise to the top: the growing presidential abuse of power and the toxic political atmosphere in Washington. In Two Presidents Are Better Than One, David Orentlicher shows how the “imperial presidency” and partisan conflict are largely the result of a deeper problem—the Constitution’s placement of a single president atop the executive branch. Accordingly, writes Orentlicher, we can fix our broken political system by replacing the one-person, one-party presidency with a two-person, two-party executive branch. Orentlicher contends that our founding fathers did not anticipate the extent to which their checks and balances would fail to contain executive power and partisan discord.
As the stakes in presidential elections have grown ever higher since the New Deal, battles to capture the White House have greatly exacerbated partisan differences. Had the framers been able to predict the future, Orentlicher argues, they would have been far less enamored with the idea of a single leader at the head of the executive branch and far more receptive to the alternative proposals for a plural executive that they rejected. Orentlicher shows us why and how to implement a two-person, two-party presidency by analyzing the histories of other countries with a plural executive branch and past examples of bipartisan cooperation within Congress.
Ultimately, Two Presidents Are Better Than One demonstrates why we need constitutional reform to rebalance power between the executive and legislative branches and contain partisan conflict in Washington.
Two Presidents are Better Than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/two-presidents-are-better-than-one-david-orentlicher/1113896371?ean=9780814789490
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
John McCormick, Ph.D.
Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics, School of Liberal Arts
Why Europe Matters: The Case for the European Union
Critics like to depict the European Union as undemocratic and unpopular, but their arguments are too often based on myths and misunderstandings. This does us all a disservice. In this period of uncertainty about the future of Europe, it’s more important than ever that we have a firm grasp of the issues at stake.
This powerful new book debunks the misconceptions surrounding the EU and makes a compelling and comprehensive case for the benefits of European integration. It shows how the EU has improved the lives of Europeans in countless ways and how it has given Europe a powerful presence on the international stage. Guaranteed to illuminate as well as spark debate, this book will appeal to anyone who seeks to better understand what Europe means and why it matters.
Why Europe Matters: The Case for the European Union. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/why-europe-matters-john-mccormick/1114146273?ean=9781137016881
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Susan B. Hyatt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts
The Neighborhood of Saturdays
In 2010, Anthropology students from IUPUI began collecting oral histories, photographs, and other memorabilia from African-American and Jewish elders, former residents of what once had been one of the most multiethnic neighborhoods in Indianapolis—the Near Southside. The Jewish and African-American communities had not only lived side by side they once shared deep bonds of friendship that were renewed when they began meeting with the students and one another to share their memories of that beloved time and place. This book tells the stories of those residents, their neighborhood, and the project that brought them back together nearly 50 years later.
The Neighborhood of Saturdays. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-neighborhood-of-saturdays-susan-b-hyatt/1113980477?ean=9781457514913
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Chris Lamb, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Journalism
Conspiracy of Silence
The campaign to desegregate baseball was one of the most important civil rights stories of the 1930s and 1940s. But most of white America knew nothing about this story because mainstream newspapers said little about the color line and less about the efforts to end it. Even today, as far as most Americans know, the integration of baseball revolved around Branch Rickey’s signing of Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers’ organization in 1945. This book shows how Rickey’s move, critical as it may well have been, came after more than a decade of work by black and left-leaning journalists to desegregate the game.
Drawing on hundreds of newspaper articles and interviews with journalists, Chris Lamb reveals how differently black and white newspapers, and black and white America, viewed racial equality. He shows how white mainstream sportswriters perpetuated the color line by participating in what their black counterparts called a “conspiracy of silence.” Between 1933 and 1945, black newspapers and the Communist Daily Worker published hundreds of articles and editorials calling for an end to baseball’s color line. The efforts of the alternative presses to end baseball’s color line, chronicled for the first time in Conspiracy of Silence, constitute one of baseball’s—and the civil rights movement’s—great untold stories.
Conspiracy of Silence. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/conspiracy-of-silence-chris-lamb/1110855149?ean=9780803210769
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Lucy Jane King, M.D.
Emerita Professor, School of Medicine
Alan D. Schmetzer, M.D.
Professor, School of Medicine
Dr. Edenharter’s Dream: How Science Improved the Humane
Care of the Mentally Ill in Indiana 1896-2012
In 1896 a pioneering superintendent of the Central Indiana Asylum for the Insane established a state-of-the-art facility with a mission not really common in the 19th century. Dr. George Edenharter planned, raised funds for, and built the pathological department on the grounds of the asylum and began using the methods of science to try to help inmates—or possibly cure them. A new book by two leading Indiana psychiatrists explores the history of science in the Hoosier state to help the mentally ill. Dr. Edenharter's Dream: How Science Improved the Humane Care of the Mentally Ill in Indiana, 1896-2012, by Dr. Lucy Jane King and Dr. Alan Schmetzer explores more than a century of care and science through facilities, experimentation, and the work of specific researchers.
Dr. Edenharter’s Dream: How Science Improved the Human Care of the Mentally Ill in Indiana, 1896-2012. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dr-edenharters-dream-lucy-jane-king/1108887566?ean=9780983199403
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Arthur E. Farnsley, II, Ph.D.
Research Professor, School of Liberal Arts
Flea Market Jesus
Americans live their lives through institutions: government, businesses, schools, clubs, and houses of worship. Many Americans are wary of the control these groups--especially government and business--exercise over their lives.
Flea Market Jesus provides an up-close look at the rugged individualism of those trying hardest to separate themselves from institutions: flea market dealers. Having spent most of his life studying American religious organizations, Art Farnsley turns his attention to America's most solitary, and alienated, entrepreneurs.
Farnsley describes an entire subculture of white Midwesterners—working class, middle class, and poor—gathered together in a uniquely American celebration of guns and frontier life. In this mix, the character "Cochise" voices the frustrations of flea market dealers toward business, politics, and, especially, religion.
Part ethnography, part autobiography, Flea Market Jesus is a story about alienation, biblical literalism, libertarianism, and deep-seated religious belief. It is not about the Tea Party, the Occupy Movement, or the Christian Right, but it shines a light on all of these by highlighting the potent combination of mistrust, resentment, and personal liberty too often kept in the shadows of public discourse among educated elites.
Flea Market Jesus. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flea-market-jesus-arthur-e-farnsley/1111959608?ean=9781610979856