Book Talk: New Titles/CUNY Authors

November 5, 2012 | CUNY Matters, The University

Hip Hop Conversations

Say Word! Voices From Hip Hop Theater, edited by School of Professional Studies’ Applied Theatre faculty member Daniel Banks, collects eight works by contemporary artists who confront issues such as racial profiling, police brutality, women’s empowerment and identity politics. The book (from University of Michigan Press) includes a roundtable moderated by Holly Bass and featuring Hip Hop pioneers Eisa Davis, Danny Hoch, Sarah Jones and Will Power that traces Hip Hop Theater’s roots and imagines its future directions.

A Patient In Every House

How did your TV set become another healing device? In Prescription TV: Therapeutic Dis-course in the Hospital and at Home (Duke University Press), Queens College assistant professor of media studies Joy V. Fuqua presents case studies and critical analysis of forces that have transformed viewers into patients. Fuqua uses her analysis of an ad campaign to illustrate how TV, and later the Internet, turned the modern home into a clearing-house for medical information and created the contemporary consumer-patient.

Where Do We Go From Here?

American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home 1945-2000 (Viking) looks at developments that propelled a country once defined by its regional character to global dominance, only to watch power slip from individuals to corporations and with the dawn of the ’70s, move from “dreams to nightmares.” Author Joshua B. Freeman, professor of history at Queens College and the Graduate Center, reveals forces at play that will continue to affect the role of American influence in the world.

Scholarly Pasticcio

The Italian American Review, the biannual, peer-reviewed journal of CUNY’s John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, probes the history and culture of Italian Americans and the broader Italian diaspora. Spanning the spectrum of views of social sciences and cultural studies, it explores topics including migration, politics, labor, race and ethnicity, urban studies and gender studies, as well as forms of cultural production (religious feasts, cinema, music, etc.), especially those addressing societal aspects. See http://calandra.i-italy.org/

Last Word On Malcolm X?

By Any Means Necessary Malcolm X: Real, Not Reinvented was edited by four scholars, including York College Distinguished Lecturer in Behavioral Sciences Ron Daniels. The book was compiled in nine months as a response to Manning Marable’s 2011 biography Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. More than 30 noted scholars from the African-American community offer their opinions on Marable’s portrayal of the man whose short life still inspires speculation of what might have been. Published by Third World Press.