Yeats and Afterwords

yeatsAssociate Professor of English Marjorie Howes is a contributor to and co-editor (with  Joseph Valente) of Yeats and Afterwords (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014). The book’s contributors articulate Nobel Prize winner W. B. Yeats’s powerful, multi-layered sense of belatedness as part of his complex literary method. They explore how Yeats deliberately positioned himself at various historical endpoints—of Romanticism, of the Irish colonial experience, of the Ascendancy, of civilization itself—and, in doing so, created a distinctively modernist poetics of iteration capable of registering the experience of finality and loss. While the crafting of such a poetics remained a constant throughout Yeats’s career, the particular shape it took varied over time, depending on which lost object Yeats was contemplating. Howes is the author of Yeats’s Nations: Gender, Class and Irishness.

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Kindness of strangers

pathA new book by Casey Beaumier, SJ, director of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College, recalls his days as a Jesuit novice and a pilgrimage he took to help in his discernment.  A Purposeful Path: How Far Can You Go with $30, a Bus Ticket, and a Dream? (Loyola Press, 2015) is part memoir and part inspirational guide. Readers will join the young Jesuit as he travels the Appalachian Trail, reliant only on the kindness of strangers and his faith. Through it all, Fr. Beaumier discovers that the best way through life’s hard battles is to trust God and keep on moving. Fr. Beaumier earned a doctorate in United States religious history from Boston College. He teaches in the Capstone Program and serves as mentor and spiritual director for students, seminarians, women religious and priests. Read an excerpt. Video

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blueprints2Boston College alumna and best-selling author Barbara Delinsky has published her latest novel, Blueprints (St. Martin’s Press, 2015). Blueprints is the story of Caroline and Jamie MacAfee. The day after her 56th birthday, Caroline is told that she is too old to be the public face of Gut It!, a family-based home construction show, and that her 29-year-old daughter, Jamie, will replace her as its host. The resulting rift occurs at a time when each needs the other more than ever. More about the book. Delinsky is the author of dozens of novels and the non-fiction book, UPLIFT: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. She was recently interviewed by USA Today | Kirkus Review

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Origins of international adoption

koreaIn her new book, To Save the Children of Korea: The Cold War Origins of International Adoption (Stanford University Press, June 2015), Assistant Professor of History Arissa Oh contends that although Korea was not the first place that Americans adopted from internationally, it was the place where organized, systematic international adoption was born. Korean adoption began in the aftermath of the Korean War and served as a kind of template for when international adoption began–in the late 1960s–to expand to new sending and receiving countries. First established as an emergency measure through which to evacuate mixed-race “GI babies,” Korean adoption became a mechanism through which the Korean government exported its unwanted children: the poor, the disabled, or those lacking Korean fathers. Focusing on the legal, social, and political systems at work, this book shows how the growth of Korean adoption from the 1950s to the 1980s occurred within the context of the neocolonial U.S.-Korea relationship, and was facilitated by crucial congruencies in American and Korean racial thought, government policies and nationalisms. Oh was interviewed recently by the Boston Globe about topic of her book.

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His final book

dominationThe newly published Domination and Global Political Justice: Conceptual, Historical and Institutional Perspectives (Routledge, 2015) is the final publication from Jonathan Trejo-Mathys, an assistant professor of philosophy who died from cancer in 2014. Trejo-Mathys served as the book’s editor, along with Barbara Buckinx and Timothy Waligore. Bringing together, for the first time, mostly original pieces on domination and global political justice by some of this generation’s most prominent scholars, Domination and Global Political Justice extends debates about domination to the global level and considers how other streams in political theory and nearby disciplines enrich, expand upon, and critique the republican tradition’s contributions to the debate.

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Conservation lab as classroom

girdle bookbindingLast month, Burns Library Conservator Barbara Adams Hebard gave a presentation at the Association of College and Research Libraries, New England chapter annual meeting. The conference was focused on the evolution of the academic library as a place where students and faculty are conducting research and learning, and the physical and virtual spaces intentionally designed to encourage scholarship, collaboration and production. Hebard’s session was titled Really Making History: Craft Integrated in a Boston College History Course. She described working with History Professor Virginia Reinburg and her students in “HS4239 Early Printed Books: History and Craft” by integrating books from the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections in the curriculum and by incorporating hands-on workshops in the conservation lab as a part of the course. Hebard showed the students how to make a chemise-style book cover and the students each covered copies of What Are We? with cloth and imaginatively decorated the covers. Inspired by this course, Hebard created her own leather covered girdle bookbinding for New Testament and Psalms (Ignatius Press).  Her work (pictured) was on exhibit at the North Bennet Street School’s Windgate Gallery in Boston.

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An immigration picture

new immigrationHistorians commonly point to the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act as the inception of a new chapter in the story of American immigration. The national and ethnic profile of immigrants to the US changed dramatically, including large numbers of arrivals from the Caribbean, Central America, South America, South Asia, East Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. In What’s New about the “New” Immigration?: Traditions and Transformations in the United States since 1965 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), scholars from various disciplines probe what is genuinely new about post-1965 immigration (both documented and undocumented) and what continuities have persisted. Boston College Professor of History Marilynn Johnson is one of the book’s co-editors and a contributor. Johnson is the author of Street Justice: A History of Police Violence in New York and The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay in World War II, among other titles.

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