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Vol 56 No. 14 | Nov. 2004
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Paulino Lim, English, was visiting professor at De La Salle University, Manila, this past summer. Also, he gave a lecture on "How to Improve Your English" at Aquinas University on Sept. 9 and on "Academic Writing" at Bicol University, both in the province of Albay, Philippines.

Frederick Wegener, English, presented a paper titled "'Favoring Seasons' and the Drama of Vocation in Sarah Orne Jewett's A Country Doctor" at the American Literature Association Conference held in May in San Francisco. Also, he delivered a paper titled "'The Need of a Woman by Women': Representations of Medical Women's Rural Practice in Late-Nineteenth-Century New England" at the Women, Health and Representation Conference at the University of New England in June. He reviewed A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton (Oxford Univ. Press, 2003) in the spring 2004 issue of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers.

Book Review

The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt Book review

Maat: The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt, A Study in Classical African Ethics

Maulana Karenga, professor of Black Studies.

The New York and London-based Routledge Press published Professor Karenga's newest book in 2004. The 458-page treatise on Egyptian ethical thought known as Maat deals with the usefulness of Maat as a resource for modern moral discourse and philosophical reflection on critical moral issues. Maatian includes chapters on the Maat ideal as it develops through the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms and Late Period of ancient Egyptian history. Moreover, it offers a critical discussion of Maatian theology, ontology, anthropology and ecological thought as well as an extended treatment of the Maatian concept of worthiness before the Divine, nature and other humans. Maat opens with a preface by one of the world's most distinguished Egyptologists, Professor Jan Assmann of Heidelberg University and has won the prestigious annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference Ankh Award for Best Book in Afrocentric Theory. Karenga is the founder of the pan-African holiday Kwanzaa, which has become an international holiday celebrated by more than 26 million people throughout the world. He is also author of the authoritative text on Kwanzaa titled: Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture. Among his other publications are Odu Ifa: the Ethical Teachings; Selections From the Husia: Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt; and Introduction to Black Studies, the most widely used introductory text in the discipline.

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