Current Works by F&M Alumni and Faculty

This magazine article is part of Spring/Summer 2017 / Issue 89

The Abandoned Mission in Public Higher Education: The Case of the California State University

Benjamin P. Bowser ’69

The debate about how higher education is failing to play a role in reducing inequality often centers on elite colleges, ignoring the numerous public colleges and universities that educate the majority of our students. This book adds to the discussion by exploring a case study of the largest public higher educational system in the United States. Benjamin P. Bowser, an experienced faculty member and author, discusses reforms in response to increasing tuition, underprepared graduates and declining academic standards. (Routledge, 2016)

Great Plains Geology

R. F. Diffendal Jr. ’62

“Great Plains Geology” concisely guides readers through the geological development of the Great Plains region. It describes the distinct features of 57 geologic sites, including fascinating places such as Raton Pass in Colorado and New Mexico, the Missouri Breaks of Montana, and the Ashfall Fossil Beds in Nebraska. This guide addresses the tricky question of what constitutes the Great Plains, showing that the region is defined, in part, through its unique geologic features. (Bison Books, 2017)

Maya Caciques in Early National Yucatán

Rajeshwari Dutt ’05

Andrés Canché became the cacique, or indigenous leader, of Cenotillo, Yucatán, in January 1834. By his retirement in 1864, he had become an expert politician, balancing powerful local alliances with his community’s interests as early national Yucatán underwent major political and social shifts. Rajeshwari Dutt’s exploration of Canché’s life and career illuminates the realities of politics in Yucatán, revealing that political relationships were carefully negotiated by indigenous leaders. Theirs is a story not of failure and decline, but of survival and empowerment. (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017)

Katelyn’s Killer

John Gordon ’56

Penny Summers’ first foray as a gardener brings her face to face with her newest friend, college sophomore Katelyn Blake, dead in a swamp-like goldfish pond. Penny, a former Navy public affairs officer, is determined to research an article about Katelyn, hoping to discover the killer. When she’s put in charge of planning a monster Fourth of July festival, Penny is up to her tramp stamp in competing allegiances. The story is woven into the fabric of Maryland’s capital city and its two most famous schools, the U. S. Naval Academy and historic St. John’s College. Where the scent of Chesapeake breezes, ancient boxwoods and old money mingle. (Taylor and Seale Publishers, 2017)

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Letters to the Editor (Spring/Summer 2017)

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The Rise of the Military-Industrial Complex

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Alumnus Profile: Indra Das ’08

It started a decade ago in a fiction workshop taught by F&M Professor of English Nicholas...

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