Many Kennesaw State faculty and staff are accomplished authors. Bookshelf highlights their work. “Struggling for a Just Peace” Author: Maia Carter Hallward, assistant professor of political science and international affairs Publisher: University Press of Florida Numerous Middle Eastern activists are engaged in nonviolent efforts to bring an end to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and build peace. After the mainstream peace movement collapsed in 2004, Hallward spent nearly a year observing the work of these groups. She returned in 2008 to examine the progress they had made in working for a just and lasting peace. Although small, these grassroots organizations provide valuable lessons regarding peace building in times of ongoing animosity and violence. By raising awareness of these groups’ existence, Hallward challenges the official diplomatic presumption that peace is about working out lines on a map. In the end, Struggling for a Just Peace offers a critical look at the realities of working for peace in times of conflict and adapting to changing circumstances. Conflict Management and “Whole Government”: Useful Tools for U.S. National Security Strategy? Editors: Volker C. Frank, director of KSU’s international conflict management doctoral program and Robert H. Dorff, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Publisher: Strategic Studies Institute As America faces exceedingly complex security challenges, the Obama administration advocates strengthening civilian instruments of national power and enhancing America’s whole of government (WoG) capabilities. Although the need to improve post-conflict stabilization and peace building efforts is widely recognized, Washington has been criticized for its slow WoG responses to international crises and conflicts. Editors Frank and Dorff present the results of an international symposium held at Kennesaw State University in 2011, that traces the genesis of WoG, critically examines current WoG practices and draws lessons from the operational contexts of Iraq and Afghanistan. “New Perspectives on Contemporary Romanian Society?” Editors: Daniel J. Paracka, Darina E. Lepadatu Publisher: “Journal Of Global Initiatives–Policy, Pedagogy, Perspective” Annually, Kennesaw State University conducts an in-depth study of a selected country. The program is an important driving force advancing global learning on our campus. It brings the country of study to our campus. Annually, it results in new courses and curriculum, research and grant projects, education abroad programs, and global partnerships. As part of this effort, we also produce an edited volume of scholarly research. This volume dedicated to Romania reveals a fresh contemporary perspective on Romanian society. The authors from both sides of the Atlantic reflect on issues related to national identity, state institutions, political and historical elites, resistance against communism, overcoming communism’s dysfunctional legacy, the relationship between religion and politics, attitudes toward ethnic minorities, and recovery from the current economic recession. It is a mus-tread for anyone interested in Romania and a perfect companion for anyone planning to travel to Romania for the first time. “Blood Works: The Sanguineous Art of Robert Sherer” Author: Robert Sherer, professor of Art Publisher: Kennesaw State University Press Robert Sherer is an internationally recognized gay American artist whose work explores race, gender, sexuality, and Southern identity, intertwined with beautiful and provocative botanical and anatomical illustration. His premier book concerns the complexities of romantic life and sexual attraction in the age of AIDS and conveys a profound and highly personal aesthetic statement in response to the continuing AIDS crisis in America and abroad. Images of his stunning illustrations are printed with non-toxic ink — the originals were executed in blood drawn from the artist, as well as donated by friends, both HIV-negative and HIV-positive.
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