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Inconsistency in Roman Epic: Studies in Catullus, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid and Lucan
By James J. O’Hara ’81

In his book, Inconsistency in Roman Epic (Cambridge University Press), James J. O’Hara ’81 addresses how readers should react when two passages in a literary work contradict one another. Although classicists once assumed that all inconsistencies in ancient texts needed to be amended, explained away or lamented, O’Hara—building on recent work on both Greek and Roman authors—explores the possibility of interpreting inconsistencies in Roman epic. After a chapter surveying Greek background material, five chapters argue that comparative study of the literary use of inconsistencies can shed light on major problems in Catullus’ Peleus and Thetis, Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura, Vergil’s Aeneid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Lucan’s Bellum Civile.

O’Hara is the George L. Paddison Professor of Latin at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 

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Senior Year: A Father, a Son, and High School Baseball
By Dan Shaughnessy ’75

In Senior Year (Houghton Mifflin), Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy ’75 tells the poignant story of his son Sam’s final year of high school—a turning point in any young life and especially in the relationship between father and son. Using that experience, Shaughnessy circles back to his own boyhood and calls upon the many sports greats he has known over the years—including Ted Williams, Roger Clemens and Larry Bird—to capture that uniquely American rite of passage that is sports. A talented baseball player and scholar, Sam deals with typical senior year issues, from attending the prom to choosing a college. All along the way, his dad chronicles that universal experience of putting your child out on the field—and in the world—and hoping for the best.

Shaughnessy is an award-winning columnist and the author of several sports books, including The Curse of the Bambino.

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Person and Society in American Thought: A Study in Christian Humanism
By Cornelius Francis Murphy Jr. ’54

Cornelius Francis Murphy Jr. ’54 is the author of Person and Society in American Thought (Peter Lang Publishing). Unlike most studies of the development of American ideas, which concentrate on the growth of our political values and institutions, this unique work goes directly to the core philosophical issues surrounding our sense of personal and social identity. It carefully examines the efforts of our major thinkers to elaborate a humanism adequate to our experience by breaking free from the theocentric cosmology imposed upon the nation by the New England Puritans. As these reflections record the quest for a new understanding of human nature, they also raise the possibility of a more comprehensive humanism grounded in a Catholic Christianity.

Murphy has taught at the University of Maine and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He has also served as a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

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The Jade Hook
By Jack Shea ’56

In his novel, The Jade Hook (Lulu.com), Jack Shea ’56 tells the story of Matt Kelly, a newly divorced professor of criminal psychology who finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery. While on a group hike of the Milford Track in the New Zealand rain forest, one member of Kelly’s hiking party is beaten unconscious and another is found dead. Ultimately, Kelly must work through the personal issues arising from his divorce in order to discover the identity of the attacker and murderer and solve these brutal crimes.

A resident of Virginia, Shea is a retired technical and health sciences writer.

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Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Home Front since 1941
By Philip Metres ’92

Behind the Lines (University of Iowa Press), by Philip Metres ’92, is an examination of American war resistance poetry from World War II through the current war in Iraq. Metres argues that this poetry gets to the heart of who is authorized to speak about war and how it can be represented. As such, he explores a largely neglected area of scholarship: the poet’s relationship to dissenting political movements and the nation. Furthermore, Metres investigates the ways in which war resistance is registered not only in terms of its content but also at the level of the lyric. He proposes that this subgenre of poetry is a crucial, though largely unexamined, body of writing that stands at the center of dissident political movements.

The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing and translation, Metres is an assistant professor of English at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.


 

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Headless Man in Topless Bar: Studies of 725 Cases of Strip Club Related Criminal Homicides
By Thomas Kevlin ’67

Headless Man in Topless Bar (Dog Ear Publishing), by T.A. (Thomas) Kevlin ’67, is an inclusive account of more than 700 strip club-related homicides committed since 1964. From the murders of dancers, customers and employees to organized crime-related killings, this book recounts the deadly side of the strip club industry. With the goal of stimulating further research, Kevlin concludes his book by describing cases on which very little information could be discovered. He invites readers to investigate these cases with a view toward working up full case studies.

Kevlin, who spent a number of years in the police service, holds advanced degrees in history and criminology.


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A Decade of Urban School Reform: Persistence and Progress in the Boston Public Schools
Edited by S. Paul Reville with Celine Coggins ’95

Celine Coggins ’95 is an editor of A Decade of Urban School Reform (Harvard Educational Pub Group), a detailed, comprehensive portrait of a school system managing the complex and daunting tasks of system-wide reform. This book examines the Boston Public School system over the last decade, during which it has undergone critical reforms that have been of intense interest to school leaders and policymakers throughout the country. With chapters that explore questions pertaining to such issues as governance, instruction and community engagement, A Decade of Urban School Reform distills valuable insights and lessons for school leaders and reformers everywhere.

Coggins is research director at the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy in Cambridge, Mass.


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Interrupting White Privilege: Catholic Theologians Break the Silence
Edited by Alex Mikulich ’84 and Laurie M. Cassidy

Interrupting White Privilege (Orbis Books), co-edited by Alexander (Alex) Mikulich ’84, is a hard-hitting study in which prominent Roman Catholic theologians address the issue of white privilege. Believing that white Catholic theologians have remained relatively silent on the topic of racism since publication in 1979 of the U.S. bishops’ statement against racism, Brothers and Sisters to Us, the book’s contributors attest that systems of white privilege are a significant factor in shaping the evil of racism in our country and that most white theologians and ethicists remain ignorant of the part they play in maintaining racism. Mary Hobgood, associate professor of religious studies at Holy Cross, is one of the book’s contributors.

Mikulich is an assistant professor of religious studies at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn.


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