Howard Zinn and JD Salinger: Two American Legacies

howardzinn This week saw the passing of two of America’s great writers–Howard Zinn and JD Salinger. Zinn devoted his life to shedding light on the often bloody and tragic history of the United States, while Salinger redefined American literature with just one novel. 

Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States of America was first published in 1980 and has since been updated several times, with the most recent iteration published in 2003. He sought to inspire “quiet revolution” by telling the history of the country through the perspective of its working people and downtrodden. 

 Salinger’s iconic The Catcher in the Rye tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a teenager who has since become symbolic of youthful rebelliousness and teenaged alienation, controversial themes at the time of the novel’s publication in 1951. What has endeared Caulfield to millions of teenagers and adults worldwide is his honesty and a kind of cynical hope and earnestness. 

 Zinn was a public figure, giving passionate lectures and talks up until just months before his death, while Salinger chose to live in isolation, living as a recluse for the past fifty-odd years. Though the two men were vastly different, their legacies are vital to American identity. 

Check out these Fordham titles that examine the America of Zinn and Salinger:

On Lingering and Being Last: Race and Sovereignty in the New World

Race Questions, Provincialism, and other American Problems

Alienation: Plight of Modern Man

Idylls of the Wanderer:Outside in Literature and Theory

Another Civil War: Labor, Capital, and the State in the Anthracite Regions of Pennsylvania 1840-1868

Civil Rights in New York City: From World War II to the Guiliani Era

The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction as America’s Continuing Civil War


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Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity

INTERVIEW: Fordham Conversations at WFUV (90.7 FM)

 

Drucilla Cornell, Professor of Law, Women’s Studies and Political Science at Rutgers University, will discuss her latest book Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity (Fordham University Press, 2009) this Saturday at 7am on WFUV (90.7FM).  The book views the iconic actor’s films through a feminist and philosophical point of view. For more information, visit www.wfuv.org .

This here’s a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and it can blow your head clean off. Now, you must ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well do you, punk? -Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry

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INTERVIEW: Fordham Conversations at WFUV (90.7 FM)   Drucilla Cornell, Professor of Law, Women’s Studies and Political Science at Rutgers University, will discuss her latest book Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity (Fordham University Press, 2009) this Saturday at 7am on WFUV … Full Story

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On the Commerce of Thinking: Books, Bookstores, & Kindles

Kindle There has been much debate in recent years surrounding print books vs. ebooks and what the format means for the future of publishing. In “Kindled,” a recent article that appeared last month in The New Republic, Anthony T. Grafton refutes the view of most traditional print enthusiasts that the Amazon Kindle sucks all of the timeless joy out of reading.

He seeks the help of French philosopher Jean Luc Nancy to aid him in his argument. As Grafton points out, Nancy believes that “Born thanks to an author’s feverish creative energy, texts shift endlessly in form and meaning as publishers and booksellers, critics and readers, respond to them.”  So why not embrace new formats and technologies as the natural evolution of reading? It’s an unpopular view in many scholarly circles, but though print may be far from dead, there are definitely new trends developing that it would behoove all of us in the publishing industry to pay attention to (hello, iPad).

commerce of thinkingNancy’s thoughts on reading, writing, and the future of the book can be found in his latest, On the Commerce of Thinking: Of Books and Bookstores. Nancy follows the development process of the modern book, from a writer’s inspiration to the consumer’s purchasing patterns.

Don’t forget–you can get eBooks from Fordham at Barnes and Noble!

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The Crisis in Haiti: Kevin M. Cahill and Humanitarian Action

kevincahill As of Saturday, January 23, 150,000 bodies had been buried in Haiti following the earthquake that shattered Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas just 11 days before.  This number doesn’t even  encompass the countless homeless, orphaned, maimed, and missing people affected by the quake.

Dr. Kevin M. Cahill, Director of Fordham’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, led a panel of experts on Thursday at Fordham to discuss the scale of the Haitian crisis, as well as the humanitarian efforts underway there.  Dr. Cahill has been a leader in global humanitarian efforts for over 45 years, beginning with his work in Calcutta with Mother Theresa following his graduation from medical school. He has done extensive aid work in Africa, Latin America, and regions in both the Near and Far East.

In addition to his work as a physician, lecturer, and professor, he has also written and edited hundreds of books and articles on the topic of medicine and humanitarian aid work. His memoir, To Bear Witness: A Journey of Healing and Solidarity, details his work in tropical medicine and his experiences working in impoverished and embattled nations.

His newest collection Even in Chaos: Education in Times of Emergency is forthcoming from Fordham in May. The book, which he edited, gives voice to children, aid workers, and leaders involved in post-crisis nation rebuilding. The main assertion is how vital education is to every community’s future, a notion that is especially on point when considering Haiti’s current situation and long-term needs. eveninchaos

Even in Chaos is the latest in Fordham’s International Humanitarian Affairs list, which also includes:

The Pulse of Humanitarian Assistance

Tropical Medicine

To Bear Witness

Human Security for All

Technology for Humanitarian Action

Basics of International Humanitarian Mission

Traditions, Values, and Humanitarian Actions

Emergency Relief Operations

For more news and information on the Crisis in Haiti, click here.

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Hannah Arendt’s Day at the Beauty Parlor

Hannah-Arendt Hannah Arendt is not exactly known for her fashion sense or hairstyle. Rather, she is renowned for her astute and philosophical theories, from everything from politics to anti-Semitism. In a recent humor piece, it is alleged that Nancy Pelosi, fed up with congressional infighting and strife, had called for a “bipartisan day of beauty” where harried politicians, Republican and Democrat, could kick back and get their nails done. What lead to this inspired idea? “Pelosi suggested the idea after her book group cancelled a recent session on Hannah Arendt’s ‘Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy’ in favor of a Day of Beauty at Chez Vous Beauty Salon in Arlington, Virginia.”

Fordham’s Thinking in Dark Times examines the woman behind the myth in a series of critical essays and a collection of photos from her personal archive.

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