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Gandhi’s Non-Violent “Raid” During the Salt March

Arvind Sharma— The Salt March, which Mahatma Gandhi launched in March of 1930 constitutes a watershed in India’s independence struggle and as such, we might be tempted to view it as a single decisive event which brought the struggle to a boil. It was, however, more like a series of

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What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, March 27, 2015

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we found conversations on supreme court decisions, the universal urge to dance

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Politics and Mindsets in Poor Rural Communities

Mil Duncan— Poverty alleviation has always been politically charged in the United States. Are the poor trapped by their own bad choices—dropping out of school, having children young and out of wedlock, getting in trouble with the law? “Cultural” failings? Or is it the paucity of good jobs and good

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Cervantes: Lost and Found

Roberto González Echevarría— It now seems certain that Cervantes’ remains have been found in Madrid; for four centuries they had been given up for lost. What does this mean and what does it reveal about the author of the Quixote. Cervantes died in relative poverty and obscurity on April 23,

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World Water Wager

David Sedlak— In 1980, Julian Simon, an economist at the University of Maryland, bet Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University that the prices of five of the world’s most important metals would drop in the coming decade. The premise behind Simon’s wager was that, despite Ehrlich’s warnings of resource scarcity caused

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Will Climate Change Threaten the Forests of Eastern North America?

Robert A. Askins— The window at my desk looks down a snowy slope through gray tree trunks to a heavily forested ridge on the far side of the valley. This is the view in winter, when nearly all of the trees and shrubs are leafless. By mid May, after leaf

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What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, March 20, 2015

Welcome once again to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! There is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week we fiercely hoped for Spring to finally arrive in New

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Why Acting Matters

In Why Acting Matters, respected and insightful writers on movies and theater David Thomson examines the allure of the performing arts for both the artist and the audience member while addressing the paradoxes inherent in acting itself.  Thomson reflects on on-stage versus film acting, and on the cult of celebrity. He scrupulously

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The Innovative Poetry of Mallarmé

Mary Ann Caws— Happy birthday, Stéphane! Everything about Symbolism’s great poet makes him ours too. His strangeness, for example, while writing about the latest fashion using all those pseudonyms in La Dernière Mode: Madame de Ponty, Mademoiselle Satin, Olympia la négresse, le Chef de Bouche de chez Brabant, and IX

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