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Great Apes & Humans: The Ethics of Coexistence

Tara S. Stoinski, J91, Benjamin B. Beck et al., editors
Smithsonian institution press

The great apes—gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans—are known to be our closest living relatives. The relation of apes to humans raises important ethical questions. Are they better protected in the wild or in zoos? Should they be used in biomedical research? Should they be afforded the same legal protections as humans? The editors, including Stoinski, a coordinator at the primate research tech lab at the Atlanta Zoo, present a spectrum of viewpoints on human responsibilities toward great apes. They discuss the declining numbers of wild apes and explore the role of apes in the educational missions of zoos as well as the need for sanctuaries for wild ape orphans and former research subjects.
The Chopsticks–Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual
Cathy Bao Bean, J64
We press

Bean, a writer and advocate for the NJ Council for the Humanities, tells the story of how she, a former Chinese Confucian philosophy professor, and her husband, the American artist Bennett Bean, raised their son to be “at least bicultural.” The various eccentricities of the couple (when her husband designs a kitchen, he neglects to include a stove) leave their son, William, rebelling against his hippie parents (he dresses up like his father on Halloween). As a Chinese immigrant living in an area of New Jersey where there were fewer Chinese people than Canada geese, Bean learned how to be herself as well as raise a son whose father painted the lawn.
Star Trek Star Charts: The Complete Atlas of Star Trek
Geoffrey Mandel, A80
pocket books

Ever wondered just where the kingdom Homeworld is? Or how close it is to Earth? Mandel, a writer and graphic artist, has created a definitive guide to the Star Trek worlds and their stars. From Qo’noS to Bajor, from Vulcan to the farthest reaches of the Delta Quadrant, his full-color star charts reveal the location of every major Star Trek world and star system, as well as the routes of each of the ships featured in the Star Trek series, from Archer’s Enterprise to Janeway’s Voyager to the latest Star Trek movie, Star Trek: Nemesis. Includes 96 pages of full-color star charts and four gatefold maps of the United Federation of Planets.
Dramatizing Greek Mythology
Louise Thistle, J63
smith and kraus

Thistle, an author and teacher, offers a way for young people to develop their acting and speaking skills as well as their appreciation of classic literature. Written for teachers and recreational leaders with varying degrees of dramatic arts experience, the book includes plays suitable for students of all academic backgrounds and English language learners. The book contains five Greek myths dramatized to give everyone in a class of up to 35 students significant roles and to integrate dramatization with the study of Greek mythology.
Tell Joshua: The Wars of the Judges
Sue Sandidge, G73
Xlibris Corporation

Sandidge tells the saga of how Joshua led a landless nation in a five-year battle to gain a homeland in Canaan and how the leaders that followed him, known as the judges, fought to keep it. Living 3,000 years ago at the dawn of the Iron Age in a violent and superstitious land, Joshua and the judges struggled to protect their people and to keep faith with God. From the saga of Samson to the military strategies of Joshua and Gideon to the story of the spiritual leadership of Samuel, the last judge, Tell Joshua recounts often overlooked chapters of the Old Testament.
All the Math You Need to Get Rich: Thinking with Numbers for Financial Success
Robert L. Hershey, E63
open court publishing company

Most people who are independently weathly are not born rich; they got that way by working, saving and investing. Hershey, an engineering and management consultant, shows how wise financial decisions require familiarity with the simple math techniques provided in the book. You can trust your calculator to do the tedious work without any mistakes, he writes, but you have to know how to tell your calculator what to do—how to set up the problems for your calculator to solve. Hershey explains percentages, simple probabilities, scientific notation, interest rates and trade-offs, and includes 70 practical problems, fully worked out with everything explained.
Hospice or Hemlock: Searching for Heroic Compassion
Constance E. Putnam, G99
praeger publishers

End-of-life decision making is often viewed from an academic perspective, which can obscure the debate’s central human concerns. Putnam, an independent scholar and writer, has written a guide that introduces general readers to people with personal stakes in the right-to-die conundrum, providing practical assistance to readers and their loved ones, while simultaneously incorporating the abstract and theoretical analysis essential to examining how we die in contemporary Western society.
Visiting Scholar, Geoffrey Isherwood: A Reader for Educational Leaders
Judith C. Isherwood and Patrick A. Baker, editors

When Geoffrey Isherwood, E58, a professor at McGill University, died in 1998, he left behind an unfinished manuscript—the story of his career as an educator. Former students and colleagues were invited to contribute personal narratives about Isherwood and their own careers to complete the manuscript. Now published, the book is a tribute to a man who left life too early and an inspiration to teachers who wish to tell their story about the impact they have on their students.
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach

Jonathan M. Harris
Houghton Mifflin

Environmental problems and their local, national and global solutions have taken on ever-increasing importance in today’s world. Economic analysis of environmental problems is essential, but economic perspectives must be complemented by an understanding of the principles of ecological systems. Harris, the director of the theory and education program of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts, offers an introduction to the broad perspective of ecological economics together with standard economic theory. The text covers traditional environmental economics topics, including the microeconomic analysis of resources and issues of resource allocation while presenting an ecological perspective within a global context.