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Vol 56 No. 9 | August 2004
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Stephen Adams, Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, received the 'Best Paper' award from the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education for"A Strategy for Technology Training as Part of a Master's Program Conducted at a School Site" in Atlanta, March.

John Bellah, University Police, had his article titled "Field Training Officer Selection" published in the May issue of the Law Enforcement Executive Forum for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. He also recently joined the Society of Automotive Engineering.

Michael Blazey, Recreation and Leisure Studies, gave a keynote address at the Tourism Society of Korea's annual conference in Danyang, South Korea, in July. The address, "Assessing Residents' Attitudes Toward Tourism Development Through Benefits-Based Research," drew from Blazey's research conducted for the City of Newport Beach.

Stephen Cooper, English, appeared in "John Fante: Profile of a Writer" (2003), a feature documentary by Italian writer-director Giovanna DiLello. He introduced the film at the Festival dei Popoli in Florence, Italy on Dec. 1. His essay, "Perché ho scritto la biografia di John Fante" ("Why I Wrote John Fante's Biography") was published in John Fante, an anthology of essays released in Italy in conjunction with the film's premiere. He presented a talk, "The Biographer's Cut," at the CSULB Faculty Supper Club on March 3 and gave an invited talk on John Fante at Harvey Mudd College on April 1. In addition, he read his short story "Sinkers" at the English Department's Creative Writing faculty reading on May 4 and took part in a panel discussion on John Fante and the DeLillo documentary at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles on July 9.

Boak Ferris, English and Comparative Literature, published a paper, "An Informal Algorithm for Generating Prime Numbers and a Related Algorithm for Factoring Unique Composites," in Mathematics and Informatics Quarterly, Sept. 2003, Vol. 13. Also, he presented a paper, "Film Structure, Symmetry, and Humor in Billy Wilder's 'Some Like it Hot'" at CSULB's Spring 2004 Annual Comparative World Literature and Classics Conference.

Jeffrey High, Romance, German and Russian Languages and Literatures, delivered the papers, "The Scottish Enlightenment, the American Revolution and Friedrich Schiller" and "Friedrich Schiller's Concept of Rebellion and the 'Failure' of his Dramatic Protagonists," at the American Society of 18th Century Studies in Boston and "Autonomy and Happiness or Barbarism and Slavery? On Schiller Totality, and the Responsibility of Revolution" at the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe at High Point University in North Carolina. He also published the article "Charlotte von Stein und Schillers Französisches Bürgerrecht" in Zeitschrift für Germanistik, (Bern: Peter Lang, 2004) and the book Schillers Rebellionskonzept und die Französische Revolution (New York: Edward Mellen Press, 2004).

Jack Hou, Economics, presented "Evolution of Economic Development: Firms, Market and the State" at the International Symposium on Private Enterprises and China's Economic Development (The Chinese Economists Society and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) in Beijing, China, June 18-20; "Taiwan's Agricultural Development: Experience and Lessons" at the International Symposium on China's Rural Economy after WTO: Problems and Strategies (The Chinese Economists Society and Zhejiang University) in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, June 25-27; and "Performance, Commercial Value and Team Success: Salary in the NBA," "Evolution of Economic Development: Firms, Market and the State" and "Changes in Taiwan's Outward FDI Pattern: Timing and Causes" at the Western Economic Association International 79th Annual Conference held in Vancouver, June-July. Hou also was elected to the board of directors for the Chinese Economists Society and was appointed to the editorial board of the International Journal of Applied Economics.

Elizabeth McEneaney, Sociology, authored a chapter titled "The Global and the Local In the Construction of School Science" in Missing the Meaning: The Development and Use of Print and Non-print Learning Materials. She also presented on the topic of "Ideas with Resonance: Sociology for Teachers" at the Pacific Sociological Association held in San Francisco in April.

Hamid Rahai and Huy Hoang, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, co-authored a paper titled "The distortion of a round jet by coil inserts of various lengths" published in the Journal of Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 34.

Jae K. Shim, Accountancy, had his text Handbook of Financial Planning published by Southwestern.

Barry H. Steiner, Political Science, has had a monograph titled Collective Preventive Diplomacy: A Study in International Conflict Management published by SUNY Press.

Terry Witkowski, Marketing, presented a paper, "Marketing in Developing Nations: Neo-Liberal vs. Anti-Global Policy Implications," at the American Marketing Association, Marketing and Public Policy Conference, Salt Lake City, May 20-22. In April, he accepted an invitation to join the editorial review board of the journal Marketing Theory.

Book Review

Book review

The Collapse
of Liberalism: Why Americans Need a New Left

by Political Science Chair Charles Noble

     Published by Rowman and Littlefield, Collapse is a critical account of the American political system and contemporary liberalism, a politically engaged interrogation of the way American liberals think about politics and social reform.
     According to Noble, American institutions and practices, including an antiquated two-party system, weak campaign finance laws, and excessive media concentration, make it hard for liberals to show the American public what progressive government might do. But the institutions are not only to blame.
      Noble also takes liberalism and the broader left to task for their own failures of vision, will, and political strategy. Liberals, Noble argues, have not been ambitious enough, making too many accommodations with the very same political institutions and corporate interests that they have wanted to challenge. At the same time, the more radical left has failed to show that it is rooted in the best in the American political tradition, including the values of equality, liberty and opportunity.
      As a result, Noble argues, American progressives have been unable to mobilize a majority of Americans to fully address the problems of class, race and gender inequality that continue to bedevil the United States. In his final chapter, "Welfare as We Knew It; Liberalism at Work," Noble offers constructive suggestions for how progressives can talk about American politics in terms that resonate with the average American.
     Beyond a critique, Noble offers a new progressive strategy for rebuilding America.

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