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Vol 57 No. 15 : July 29, 2005
Vol 57 No. 15 | July 29, 2005


Paul Bott, Professional Studies, has been elected to a four-year term as Public Commissioner for the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, a national accrediting body that covers more than 800 schools in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Lesley Farmer, Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, was invited to teach library science courses at the University of Hong Kong in theis summer. Also, she served as the external examiner of the Diploma for Teacher Librarianship program in Hong Kong. At the International Association of School Librarianship conference, July 8-12 in Hong Kong, Farmer was a featured speaker. She presented a workshop on information literacy assessment and presented two papers: Web sites on technology for girls and Social-emotional maturity impact on information literacy.

Martin Fiebert, Psychology, presented a paper titled, "Development of an annotated bibliography examing assaults by women," at the 9th International Family Violence Research Conference held in Portsmouth, NH, July 10-July 13.

Liesl Haas, Political Science,  recently saw her study titled "Intergovernmental relations and feminist policymaking: A case study of domestic violence legislation in Chile," named as a co-winner of the Women and Politics section prize for the best paper given at 2004's American Political Science Association meetings.

Frederick Wegener, English, presented a paper, "'Wherever You Seize It, It's Interesting': Subject, Class, and Aesthetic Value in Edith Wharton's Critical Prose," at the annual American Literature Association conference, in Boston, in May. He also presented a paper, "'Beyond!': Illusions of Ascent and Transcendence in the World of Lily Bart," at a conference in June at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, marking the centenary of the publication of Edith Wharton's novel, "The House of Mirth."

Book Review

Ethical Issues in the Courts: A Companion to Philosophical EthicsLatino Politics in the United States: Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender in the Mexican American and Puerto Rican Experience

Published in June 2005 by the Dubuque, Iowa-based Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Latino Politics in the United States: Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender in the Mexican American and Puerto Rican Experience is Rodriguez's successor work to his 2002 manuscript "The Racialization of Latino Politics: The Puerto Rican and Chicano Experience" parts of which appeared (Spring 2005) in CENTRO, the refereed journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and in Latino Social Movements by Routledge in 1999. From its first chapter, Latino Politics addresses one of the least studied aspects of the experience of Latin American migrants to the U.S., the way in which their cultural and national differences are erased upon settling in their new home and their subsequent pigeonholing in pre-established, uniquely American racial categories. Rodriguez demonstrates the similarities and differences between Chicanos and Boricuas in their paths into the racialized American space. The book is about understanding oppression but it is also about resistance and victory. Chapter topics include "Boricuas, African Americans, and Chicanos in the 'Far West:' Notes on the Puerto Rican Pro-Independence Movement in California, 1960s-1980s," "¡Sí Se Puede! The Mobilization of Naturalized Latinas/os in Santa Ana, CA: 1990-2003" and "¡Ni Una Bomba Más!: Racialization and Memory in the Vieques Social Movement." Rodriguez lectured in Chicano/Latino Studies at UC Irvine and taught for 10 years at nearby Concordia University. He received his master's in 1984 and his Ph.D. from UC Irvine in 1997. The Irvine resident and native of Puerto Rico joined the university in 2000. Currently, he is chair of the Chicano and Latino Studies Department.


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