Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Speaker Series Event! Condition Critical: A Report Back on Gaza

When: Thursday, February 23, 2016

Where: 73 Tremont Street, Sawyer Library Poetry Center 

Speaker Alice Rothchild, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist, has visited Gaza as part of an Israel/Palestine medical aid delegation. She will share images and impressions of the destruction and resilience that she has encountered and how ongoing siege conditions affect the lives of women and families. 

Her latest publication, Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine presents key blog posts and analytical essays that explore everyday life in Israel, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza up close and with searing honesty. These eyewitness reports and intimate stories depict the critical condition of a region suffering from decades-old wounds of colonization and occupation. Condition Critical dares (and inspires) its readers to examine the painful consequences of Zionism and Israeli expansion and to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice. 

In Condition Critical Alice Rothchild grabs for the truth behind the lies, writing with extraordinary moral clarity and a sharp eye for the injustices, absurdities, and cruel historical ironies that define Palestinian life on both sides of the Green Line. (Ben Ehrenreich, Author of The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine

Rothchild is a physician, author, and filmmaker who has focused her interest in human rights and social justice on Israel/Palestine since 1997. She practiced ob-gyn for almost 40 years. Until her retirement she served as assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Harvard Medical School. She writes and lectures widely and also is the author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience and On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion. She directed a documentary film, Voices Across the Divide which premiered at the Boston Palestine Film Festival in 2013. Her latest trip to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza was in January 2017.

Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Mildred F. Sawyer Library.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Speaker Series Event! Edward Bernays and Advent of Modern Public Relations

Q: Why do so many people eat bacon and eggs in the morning?

A: Ask Edward Bernays (via Assoc. Prof. Brian Conley)!

 Tuesday, January 31, 12:15 pm

Poetry Center, 3rd floor, Sawyer Library

Light Refreshments

Have you ever wondered why so many Americans eat bacon and eggs in the morning? Associate Professor Brian Conley will discuss the career of Edward L. Bernays, the man behind this famous ad campaign who was widely considered the founder of modern public relations theory and practice.

Conley will also discuss a lecture series hosted by Bernays at Suffolk University in the 1960s called "Europe's Contributions to the American Civilization." The Moakley Archive recently digitized documents and recordings from the series which featured diplomats from across Europe speaking about European-American relations and foreign policy.

Brian Conley is Associate Professor in the Government Department and serves as the Director of the Graduate Program in Political Science at Suffolk University. His research focuses on American Politics, Political Parties and Party Systems, Political Marketing and Branding, Public Policy, Social Movement Theory and Practice.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Speaker Series Event! Book Talk by Amy Agigian, Associate Professor of Sociology.

"The First House--A Memoir of Mom, Berkeley, and Beyond."

When: Thursday, April 21, 1:00 PM

Where: 73 Tremont St, Sawyer Library Poetry Center.

Light Refreshments will be served.

The memoir explores the author’s experiences growing up with love and secrets. What does a ten-year old do when her mom—the funnest, best mom in the world—goes from being an antiwar radical to being a closeted lesbian? How does a thirteen-year old girl cope when her mom is stricken with a terrifying illness that nobody, inside the family or out, can acknowledge? How does a fourteen-year old handle leaving her suburban home in Palo Alto to join her father in a hippie collective in 1970’s Berkeley?

The First House is a story of motherlove and motherloss that winds through decades of discovery. A young girl, then a teen, then an adult, seeks solace, sanity, and love in this collection of moving and surprisingly funny tales. The journey takes her through the unlikely worlds of astrology, academia, feminism, and queer family. Along the way she embraces a procession of surrogate mothers, teachers, lovers, friends, animals, and invisible beings. But how long can she keep the promises she made to the most important person in the world?

Amy Agigian, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University, where she is also the Founding Director of the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights. Trained in the sociology of women, gender, sexuality and health, she is the author of Baby Steps: How Lesbian Alternative Insemination is Changing the World. Dr. Agigian’s current research applies a feminist health and human rights perspective to the vexing, global issues of human fertility and infertility. A long time activist, Dr. Agigian lives in Somerville, Massachusetts and is the mother of a teen-aged son.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Reports on the Nominating Process, National Conventions, and Voter Identification, from the Congressional Research Service

The Republican National Convention this July in Cleveland may or may not turn into a brawl, but those who wish to be well supplied with information - in order to have a good understanding as the events unfold - may wish to look at the following report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS):

"The Presidential Nominating Process and the National Party Conventions, 2016: Frequently Asked Questions." This report provides "answers to frequently asked questions about the Presidential nominating process, including how delegates to the national conventions are chosen, differences between a caucus and a primary, national party rules changes for 2016, and information on national conventions."

The Sawyer Library recently began a subscription to a collection of CRS Reports through the vendor ProQuest. This collection may be found by starting at the Sawyer Library home page ( > Databases by Subject > Social Sciences > Political Science > Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports.

The Congressional Research Service produces reports specifically for use by Congress. They are known for being nonpartisan reports, which typically include analysis, pro/con viewpoints, and statistics.

In preparation for Professor Rachael Cobb's upcoming talk in the Poetry Center, "Voting Rights and the 2016 Presidential Election," attendees may wish to view the following two reports from CRS:

"Voter Identification Requirements: Background and Legal Issues" updated November 03, 2014 and updated November 10, 2014.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Speaker Series Event! Voting Rights and the 2016 Presidential Election

Speaker: Rachael Cobb

When: Wednesday, March 30th 2016; 1:00 pm

Where: 73 Tremont St, Sawyer Library Poetry Center

In 2006 only one U.S. state required identification to vote on Election Day. Today, 11 states require identification and 34 states have some version of voter identification rules. Other election reforms including early voting have expanded since the early 2000s. What impact will these reforms have on voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election?

Rachael Cobb is Associate Professor and Chair of the Government Department at Suffolk University. Her research focuses on U.S. elections, election administration, electoral politics, civic engagement, and political participation. At Suffolk University, Cobb runs the University Pollworkers Project, a nonpartisan program designed to recruit college students to serve as poll workers in partnership with the City of Boston’s Election Department

Join us for Voting Rights and the 2016 Presidential Election, Wednesday, March 30th 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Location: Poetry Center, 3rd floor, Sawyer Library

Friday, February 5, 2016

Speaker Series Event! Book Talk on Change Leadership

Speakers: Collete Dumas & Richard H. Beinecke

When: Thursday, February 11th 2016; 1:00 pm

Where: 73 Tremont St, Sawyer Library Poetry Center

You know WHAT needs to change in your workplace. But have you ever wondered HOW to make change happen? Join Drs. Colette Dumas and Richard Beinecke as they share the inspiring stories and effective change practices of successful change leaders profiled in their new book series Change Leadership published by SAGE Publications.

Colette Dumas, Ph.D., is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship at the Sawyer Business School. Dr. Dumas founded the Center for Innovation and Change Leadership at Suffolk University to help organizations develop innovative and collaborative change leadership learning programs.

Richard H. Beinecke DPA ACSW is a professor in the Suffolk University Institute for Public Service and the Healthcare Department in the Sawyer Business School where he teaches courses on leadership, and U.S. and global health policy and conducts research on management of mental health programs and leadership.

Join us for Book Talk on Change Leadership, Thursday, February 11 @ 1 p.m.

Location: Poetry Center, 3rd floor, Sawyer Library


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sawyer Library New Book Display

Here is a list of the titles currently up in the Sawyer Library display case. This display features new book covers from the Sawyer Library collection. Click the hyperlink to see if the book is available, or already checked-out. Please be assured that the books in the display case are not the actual books!

Mildred F. Sawyer Library Book Display List 
  1. Reclaiming conversation : the power of talk in a digital age / Sherry Turkle
  2. Saving capitalism : for the many, not the few / Robert B. Reich 
  3. $2.00 a day : living on almost nothing in America / Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer
  4. Medical monopoly : intellectual property rights and the origins of the modern pharmaceutical industry / Joseph M. Gabriel 
  5. Reframing decadence : C.P. Cavafy's imaginary portraits / Peter Jeffreys
  6. Geek heresy : rescuing social change from the cult of technology / Kentaro Toyama
  7. Vaccine nation : America's changing relationship with immunization / Elena Conis
  8. Gaining control : how human behavior evolved / Robert Aunger and Valerie Curtis 
  9. Eat, drink, and be wary : how unsafe is our food? / Charles M. Duncan ; edited by Diana Kearley Duncan
  10. The Wright brothers / David McCullough   
  11. After Roe : the lost history of the abortion debate / Mary Ziegler 
  12. Seizing freedom : slave emancipation and liberty for all / David Roediger 
  13. All the light we cannot see : a novel / Anthony Doerr 
  14. The workfare state : public assistance politics from the New Deal to the new Democrats / Eva Bertram
  15. A country called prison : mass incarceration and the making of a new nation / Mary D. Looman, John D. Carl 
  16. Economic analysis of the digital economy / Edited by Avi Goldfarb, Shane M. Greenstein, and Catherine E. Tucker
  17. God help the child / Toni Morrison 
  18. Designing the new American university / Michael M. Crow and William B. Dabars
  19. Alibaba's world : how a remarkable Chinese company is changing the face of global business / Porter Erisman 
  20. This nonviolent stuff'll get you killed : how guns made the civil rights movement possible / Charles E. Cobb
  21. Pulse of the people : political rap music and black politics / Lakeyta M. Bonnette
  22. The cultural matrix : understanding Black youth / edited by Orlando Patterson ; with Ethan Fosse 
  23. Environment in the balance : the green movement and the Supreme Court / Jonathan Z. Cannon
  24. Black hole : how an idea abandoned by Newtonians, hated by Einstein, and gambled on by Hawking became loved / Marcia Bartusiak
  25. Every town is a sports town : business leadership at ESPN, from the mailroom to the boardroom / George Bodenheimer, Donald T. Phillips
  26. Law and popular culture : international perspectives / edited by Michael Asimow, Kathryn Brown and David Ray Papke
  27. The age of acquiescence : the life and death of American resistance to organized wealth and power / Steve Fraser
  28. Chinese and Americans : a shared history / Xu Guoqi  
  29. Masters of the universe, slaves of the market / Stephen Bell & Andrew Hindmoor 
  30. Raising the world : child welfare in the American century / Sara Fieldston
  31. Half-life : the divided life of Bruno Pontecorvo, physicist or spy / Frank Close
  32. Party ballots, reform, and the transformation of America's electoral system / Erik J. Engstrom, University of California, Davis, Samuel Kernell, University of California, San Diego
  33. The hungry mind : the origins of curiosity in childhood / Susan Engel
  34. A path in the mighty waters : shipboard life & Atlantic crossings to the New World / Stephen R. Berry
  35. The Making of the First World War / Ian F.W. Beckett  
  36. The objective leader : how to leverage the power of seeing things as they are / Elizabeth Thornton
  37. Missoula : rape and the justice system in a college town / Jon Krakauer  
  38. Understanding OCD : skills to control the conscience and outsmart obsessive compulsive disorder / Leslie J. Shapiro ; foreword by Michael A. Jenike 
  39. Who rules the earth? : how social rules shape our planet and our lives / Paul F. Steinberg
  40. Medieval Christianity : a new history / Kevin Madigan 
  41. Restless ambition : Grace Hartigan, painter / Cathy Curtis 
  42. Martha Jefferson : an intimate life with Thomas Jefferson / William G. Hyland Jr 
  43. Cuckoo : cheating by nature / Nick Davies ; with field drawings by James McCallum
  44. The least likely man : Marshall Nirenberg and the discovery of the genetic code / Franklin H. Portugal  
  45. Back to the garden : nature and the Mediterranean world from prehistory to the present / James H.S. McGregor
  46. Epic measures : one doctor, seven billion patients / Jeremy N. Smith   
  47. Fighting over the founders : how we remember the American Revolution / Andrew M. Schocket
  48. Intimate reconstructions : children in postemancipation Virginia / Catherine A. Jones