Archive for February 12th, 2009

The Remembered Earth: An Anthology of Contemporary Native American Literature

These themes pervade Geary Hobson's anthology of poetry, essays, and short stories by contemporary Native American writers. A Native American (Cherokee-Chickasaw), Hobson himself is a poet, short story writer, essayist, editor, university teacher, and ex-Marine. He knows this generation well: the writers he has selected, from the Atlantic coast to Hawaii, are for the most part young voices reaffirming the wisdom, In remembering, there is strength and continuance and renewal through the generations.  

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The Ethics of Collecting Cultural Property : Whose Culture? Whose Property?

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) has brought into sharp relief the conflicts among public and private collectors, scholars, and indigenous peoples over the provenience and disposition of cultural property, especially archaeological remains. First published in 1989 and now updated and enlarged, The Ethics of Collecting Cultural Property explores the ethical, legal, and intellectual issues related to excavating, selling, collecting, and owning cultural artifacts. Twenty-two contributors, representing archaeology, law, museum administration, art history, and philosophy, suggest how the numerous interested groups, often at odds, can cooperate to resolve cultural heritage, ownership, and repatriation issues and improve the protection of cultural property worldwide. A new preface and epilogue frame the contemporary debate in a global perspective. The editor provides updated information about domestic and international laws and regulations and enforcement institutions. She has also added Codes of Ethics and Some Organizations and Resources Related to Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Issues.

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Richard Wetherill: Anasazi

Anasazi, the Navajos' name for the Ancient Ones who preceded them into the Southwest, is the nickname of Richard Wetherill, who devoted his life to a search for remains of these vanished peoples. He discovered the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde and Kiet Siel and the Basket Maker sites at Grand Gulch, Utah, and at Chaco Canyon he initiated the excavation of Pueblo Bonito, the largest prehistoric ruin in the United States. His discoveries are among the most important ever made by an American archaeologist.

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Woodcutters and Witchcraft: Rationality and Interpretive Change in the Social Sciences

The woodcuttersof the title derive from an example of a problem of apparent irrationality in Wittgenstein's (1956 ed.). Witchcraft enters the picture from anthropological studies interpreting beliefs about witchcraft as formally inconsistent. What Risjord (philosophy, Emory U.) is getting at is that to understand what he calls the explanatory coherence principle underlying social science, it might be wise to look at cases where it [i.e. interpretation] breaks down. In examining the relationship between evidence and methodology, he discusses interpretative change, explanatory criteria of adequacy, norms, the problem of meaning, and the relationship between the social and natural sciences.

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The Penguins of Madagascar

The Penguins of Madagascar (Cartoon with embedded subtitles) Episode 1 - Gone in a Flash

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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Marina Zenovich's new documentary examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary director Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

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TIME Magazine February 9, 2009 Vol. 173 No. 5

bull; COVER: Stem Cells: Poised for a Breakthrough - After eight years of political ostracism, stem-cell scientists like Harvard's Douglas Melton are coming back into the light--and making discoveries that may soon bring lifesaving breakthroughs bull; ESSAY: Obama's Fresh Start: Substance Over Showbiz - Obama has shifted the focus of the presidency from show biz to substance--at least for now bull; RELIGION: Rural Churches Grapple with a Pastor Exodus - The only group vanishing faster than the population in rural America is its pastors, stranding farm congregations and challenging church leaders to find new models bull; PEOPLE: 10 Questions for Mickey Rourke - After wrestling back into the spotlight, the actor looks ahead. Mickey Rourke will now take your questions

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David Baldacci - The Camel Club

It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the ldquo;truthrdquo; behind their countryrsquo;s actions.   In The Camel Club, bestselling author David Baldacci goes beyond the traditional boundaries of fiction, painting a frighteningly vivid portrait of a world that could be our own very soon, and the few people who have a chance to stop the last war the world may ever fight...

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David Baldacci - Stone Cold

U.S. Release Date: November 6, 2007  The #1 bestselling author of The Collectors and Simple Genius returns with STONE COLD... an unforgettable novel of revenge, conspiracy, and murder that brings a band of unlikely heroes face-to-face with their greatest threat. With unrelenting pacing, stunning reversals, and two of the most compelling characters in modern fiction, STONE COLD is David Baldacci writing at his breathtaking best.

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Sophie Kinsella - Remember me

With the same wicked humor and delicious charm that have won her millions of devoted fans, Sophie Kinsella, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Shopaholic Baby, returns with an irresistible new novel and a fresh new heroine who finds herself in a life-changing and utterly hilarious predicament.... When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she's in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident--in a Mercedes no less--Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she's about to find out just how much things have changed.

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