You can soothe your intellectual itch with these recent Harvard faculty-authored titles.Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in AmericaPrinceton University Press, Feb. 2012By Jennifer L. Hochschild, Vesla M. Weaver, Traci R. BurchHenry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies Jennifer L. Hochschild collaborates with Vesla M. Weaver and Traci R. Burch on this new consideration of race in contemporary America. Not since the 1960s has there been a racial transformation as great as the one the country is currently experiencing. Spurred by forces like immigration and policy changes that promote integration and equality, America’s racial order has above all been altered by youths, whose collective memory includes Hurricane Katrina and Barack Obama’s election. “If transformative forces persist and prevail,” the authors write, “the United States can finally move toward becoming the society that James Madison envisioned in Federalist #10, one in which “no majority faction, not even native-born European Americans, dominates the political, economic, or social arena.”Dignity: Its History and MeaningHarvard University Press, March 2012By Michael RosenIn under 200 pages, Professor of Government Michael Rosen parses the contested interpretations of dignity over time, tracing its nebulous definition from the era of aristocrats, who were once thought to be the only ones worthy of “dignified” status, to our contemporary society, in which dignity is viewed as a basic human right. By highlighting Kant, who believed that our worthiness is intrinsic, Rosen walks philosophy’s tightrope, but dubs his book, ultimately, a work of political theory because philosophy and politics are inextricable, he believes. Rosen dedicates the final chapter to exploring why even the dead must be treated with dignity.Witness: The Selected Poems of Mario BenedettiWhite Pine Press, March 2012By Mario Benedetti, translated by Louise PopkinLargely unknown in the English-speaking world, Uruguayan poet Mario Benedetti is regarded as one of Latin America’s most important voices. Extension School instructor and translator Louise Popkin met Benedetti in Buenos Aires in the ’70s, where the poet was exiled for opposing the Uruguayan dictatorship. “I started translating him at his request,” recalled Popkin. “He was very accessible and enormously respectful of my role as translator, though occasionally he’d get irritated over the number of questions I asked. But those conversations typically ended in laughter: I’d remind him that as a living author, he deserved to be consulted. I really miss being able to ask him for help.” Benedetti died in 2009, and “Witness” features Popkin’s translations, as well as the original versions in Spanish.The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a StartupPrinceton University Press, March 2012By Noam WassermanStartups are just as stressful as they can be promising. Noam Wasserman, associate professor and Tukman Faculty Fellow at Harvard Business School, offers this road map for entrepreneurs, presenting dilemmas — from financing to firing … yourself! — that often have lasting consequences for personnel and companies alike. Offering gems of advice that come from more than 10 years of research, Wasserman also presents case studies from well-known entrepreneurs like Tim Westergren of Pandora Radio and Evan Williams of Twitter and Blogger.From Kant to Husserl: Selected EssaysHarvard University Press, March 2012By Charles ParsonsIn the first of two volumes collecting his work, Charles Parsons, Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, presents these previously published essays on pre-20th-century philosophers, namely Kant, Frege, and Brentano. A philosopher himself, Parsons studied mathematics first, and this interest defined his lifelong work in logic and the philosophy of mathematics. In these pages, Parsons delves into Kant’s philosophy of arithmetic and then Frege’s ideas of logic. The two Germans, writes Parsons in the introduction, reflect “a wider interest in German culture and history first simulated by my father.”Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy?Harvard Health Publications, May 2012By Ronald Schouten and James SilverThere’s rapists and murderers and then there’s the almost psychopaths — friends, co-workers, spouses, perhaps even ourselves — people whose behaviors sometimes walk the line. Associate Professor of Psychiatry Ronald Schouten and co-author and former federal prosecutor James Silver, a Harvard Law School graduate, wrote this guide “to shed light on certain complexities of human behavior to encourage situational awareness.” The authors clarify that psychopaths and almost psychopaths differ in the frequency and intensity of their behaviors and reactions to others, and they present strategies for dealing with their machinations, manipulations, and lies.
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The 7th grade St Louis Girls basketball team finished with 1 win and 1 loss Saturday at their 2nd annual St Louis School Invitational.The win came against St Bartholmew by a final score of 24 to 17. Kate Burkhart finished with a game high 7 points. Avery Roell & Hanna Hurm scored 4 points each. Sarah Preston finished with 5 points. Stella Hillenbrand& Kate Poltrack rounded out the scoring each with 2 points. Harlee Masavage led the Lady Cards in rebounding. Hailey Mohr led defensively. Hanna Hurm scored 4 points, followed by Hailey Mohr, Kate Burkhart, & Stella Hillenbrand with 2 each. Avery Roell added a 3 pointer and Harlee Masavage a free throw.Submitted by STL Coach Mike Burkhart. In the second game St Louis squared off against a much taller and more athletic Benjamin Rush team. Final score Ben Rush 44 St Louis 14.
CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake’s City Council tonight will discuss establishing an early retirement incentive program. The voluntary program would assist eligible city employees who wish to retire but cannot do so because of medical insurance coverage concerns. To be eligible, participants would have to be current full-time or full-time equivalent employees who are age 56 or older and have not less than 25 years of continuous employment with the city. Those who would participate in the program at age 60 would remain up to five years or when they become Medicare eligible on the city’s group health insurance plan under a single policy. Employees can choose to continue family health coverage by paying the difference between the cost of the family plan and the city’s contribution toward a single coverage premium. An employee who retires prior to age 60 can utilize post-retirement accumulated paid leave conversion credit to pay health insurance premiums. If that would be insufficient to cover the cost of health insurance to the age of 60, the employee would be responsible for the full premium until age 60, at which point the premium for a single policy would be covered by the city.Eligible employees must retire from city employment between August 1st and September 30th of this year, with notice of intent to retire having to be filed prior to July 17th. The Clear Lake City Council meets tonight at 6 o’clock at City Hall.