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The Failures of American and European Climate Policy
By Loren R. Cass

In his book, The Failures of American and European Climate Policy: International Norms, Domestic Politics, and Unachievable Commitments (State University of New York Press), Loren R. Cass examines why some nations — but not others — have met their commitments to international climate treaties. He argues that international norms and normative debates provide the keys to understanding the evolution of both domestic and international responses to the threat of global climate change. From the early identification of the problem in the mid-1980s through the Kyoto Protocol's entry into force in 2005, Cass focuses on two debates that were critical to the development of climate policy: who should bear primary responsibility for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and what principles would guide these reductions. He concludes that, while many nations affirmed the international standards, most did not fully translate them into domestic policy. Cass offers an index to measure the domestic salience of international norms and compare the level of salience across states and within states over time, and uses it to assess the European Union, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Cass is an associate professor of political science at Holy Cross.

 

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The Ethics of Modernism
By Lee Oser

In The Ethics of Modernism: Moral Ideas in Yeats, Eliot, Joyce, Woolf and Beckett (Cambridge University Press), Lee Oser answers the following questions: What was the ethical perspective of modernist literature? How did Yeats, Eliot, Joyce, Woolf and Beckett represent ethical issues and develop their moral ideas? Oser argues that thinking about human nature restores a perspective on modernist literature that has been lost. He offers detailed discussions of the relationship between ethics and aesthetics to illuminate close readings of major modernist texts. For Oser, the reception of Aristotle is crucial to the modernist moral project, which he defines as the effort to transform human nature through the use of art. In exploring the origins of that project, its success in modernism, its critical heirs and its possible future, The Ethics of Modernism brings a fresh perspective to modernist literature and its interaction with ethical strands of philosophy.

Oser is an associate professor of English at Holy Cross.

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Moon Tree
By Laurie Brown '88

Moon Tree (Xlibris), by Laurie Brown '88, is the story of a boy's nighttime quest to ride the moon. Geared toward children between the ages of 4 and 8, this book depicts a determined — yet somewhat homesick — young hero's imaginative journey up an ancient oak tree in the hopes of riding the moon across the starry night sky. Set in New England in autumn, Moon Tree is enhanced by watercolor illustrations that brilliantly depict the seasonal beauty of the region.

The author of numerous children's stories, Brown resides in southern New Hampshire.

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Rediscovering Empathy
By Karsten R. Stueber

In Rediscovering Empathy: Agency, Folk Psychology, and the Human Sciences (The MIT Press), Karsten R. Stueber argues that empathy is something we cannot do without if we hope to gain understanding of other minds. Setting his argument in the context of contemporary philosophy of mind and the interdisciplinary debate about the nature of our mind-reading abilities, Stueber counters objections raised by some in the philosophy of social science and argues that it is time to rehabilitate the empathy thesis. He addresses the plausible philosophical misgivings about empathy that have been responsible for its failure to gain widespread acceptance. Crucial in this context is his defense of the assumption that the notion of rational agency is at the core of folk psychology. In distinguishing between basic and reenactive empathy, he provides a new interpretive framework for the investigation into our mind-reading capacities.

Stueber is an associate professor of philosophy at Holy Cross.

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Riverhead: The Halcyon Years 1861-1919
By Thomas M. Stark '46

Thomas M. Stark '46 is the author of Riverhead (Maple Hill Press), a chronicle of his hometown on Long Island, N.Y. This book recounts the development of Riverhead, from the pre-Civil War period through the end of World War I. From its beginnings as a farming community to its current standing as the political, legal, commercial and cultural center of Suffolk County, Riverhead has a proud and colorful history. Stark's book includes archival photos, maps and lists of public officials from Riverhead and the town men who served their country in the Civil War and World War I.

A former town attorney, justice of the peace and member of the board of education in Riverhead, Stark served as a justice of the New York State Supreme Court for 35 years.

 

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Dream Big Dreams: The Jack Donohue Story
By Mike Hickey

Mike Hickey is the author of the Jack Donohue biography, Dream Big Dreams (Maya Publishing). The longest-serving head coach in amateur or professional sports in Canada, Donohue led the Canadian men's basketball team to the Olympics four times, twice earning a fourth-place finish. At the high school level, he coached and mentored countless young players, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — then known as Lew Alcindor — the all-time leading scorer in the NBA. From 1965 to 1972, Donohue was head basketball coach at Holy Cross, where he attained a record of 106-66. When he retired from coaching, Donohue devoted his time to speaking engagements, helping basketball teams and major corporations alike achieve their goals through better communication, organization and a commitment to excellence. Hickey's book tells the story of a remarkable man who used sports to develop character among his players and who left an indelible mark on all those that came in contact with him.

A former basketball coach and close friend of Donohue's, Hickey is a sports journalist in Canada.

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Studio Shakespeare
ByAlycia Smith-Howard '89

Studio Shakespeare: The Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place (Ashgate Publishing), by Alycia Smith-Howard '89, is an extensive history of The Royal Shakespeare Company's studio theatre as well as a biography of its founder and first artistic director, Mary Ann "Buzz" Goodbody. A socialist and feminist, Goodbody invigorated classical theatre and its approach to producing the works of Shakespeare with the establishment of The Other Place theatre in 1973. Studio Shakespeare examines the production of 12 plays at The Other Place, including King Lear (1974), Antony and Cleopatra (1982) and Othello (1989). It contains interviews and commentary from such theatrical luminaries as Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Ben Kingsley. Among Smith-Howard's sources are Goodbody's mission statement for the studio theatre as well as other previously unavailable materials, such as her private papers, journal entries, director's notes and correspondence.

Assistant professor at the Gallatin School at New York University, Smith-Howard earned her Ph.D. at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. She is the artistic director of the Gallatin Arts Festival.

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A Century of Judges of Italian Descent in Massachusetts
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A Half Century of Mayors of Italian Descent in Massachusetts

By Rev. Vincent A. Lapomarda, S.J.

A Century of Judges of Italian Descent in Massachusetts, by Rev. Vincent A. Lapomarda, S.J., tells the story of the many influential Italian Americans who have been involved in enforcing and upholding the law in the Bay State. From Frank J. Leveroni, the first Italian American to be appointed a judge in 1905, to Suzanne Vitagliano DelVecchio, the 1999 chief justice appointee of the Superior Court, Lapomarda recounts the 100-year history of judges of Italian descent in the state; he ends his work with a list of 110 of these judges and their roles. In its companion volume, A Half Century of Mayors of Italian Descent in Massachusetts, Lapomarda recounts the rise of Italian Americans to the chief executive office of cities across the commonwealth over the last 50 years; he ends this work with a list of these mayors, their respective cities and their dates of service.

Fr. Lapomarda is an associate professor in the College's history department.

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