Friday, February 5, 2016

Lesson Plans Available for EPIC MEASURES

Journalist Jeremy N. Smith's Epic Measures is the true story of a 20-year, 500-scientist, $100-million moonshot attempt to track and quantify every illness, injury, and death for everyone on Earth: the biggest of Big Data ever. The book offers an intimate look at doctor and economist Christopher Murray, who began the Global Burden of Disease studies, and whose unwavering determination to improve global health standards has already changed the way the world addresses issues of health and wellness, sets policy, and distributes funding.
“An inspiring story of how a simple idea, conceived logically and pursued with grit, can greatly improve the human condition.”—Edward O. Wilson, University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Professors at universities—including Harvard, Oxford, Dartmouth, University of Michigan—have already adopted Epic Measures and taken advantage of the free data provided by the IHME to teach their students the vital connection between health statistics and effective public health policy.
To view lesson plans for Epic Measures, please click here.
To access IHME’s data, please click here.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tappan Wilder Continues His Uncle's Legacy

Tappan Wilder, nephew of famed American author Thornton Wilder, joined residents of Wallowa County for their 10th Fishtrap Big Read Kickoff.  The Big Read features two of Wilder's works: the play Our Town and the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey.  Tappan Wilder gave a comprehensive presentation of his uncle's life to better help the attendees understand the context in which his uncle wrote.  He also answered questions from the audience and even had staff members perform a three minute Thornton Wilder play.

As executor of Thronton Wilder's literary estate, Tappan Wilder enjoys going out and interacting directly with people who are reading his uncle's works.  "I always remember that my uncle was writing to reach people," he told Wallowa County Chieftan, the local newspaper.  "How can I run the estate of a writer without going out to see who is reading or producing him?"

You can view the full article here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In Memoriam: Chris Kyle

On this day in 2013, Chris Kyle, author of the best-selling memoir American Sniper, was killed.  Kyle was shot by a former Marine whom Kyle had taken out to a shooting range to help the Marine work through his PTSD.

Credited with over 160 kills, Chris Kyle is considered the most lethal sniper in American military history.  His training and time as a US Navy SEAL, consisting of four tours overseas, were the foundation of American Sniper, which was later made into a movie starring Bradley Cooper.  He served in the Navy from 1999-2009, then spent the next four years living in Texas with his wife, Taya, and their two children.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Modern Romeo and Juliet

In the world we know, the story of two neighbors with ethnic differences falling in love might be the subject of a romantic comedy.  In Afghanistan, it's the equivalent of Romeo and Juliet falling in loveworse, even, for Juliet's family never felt compelled to kill her to protect their family's honor.  This is the compelling, true story told in Rod Nordland's The Lovers.

Zakia and Mohammad Ali grew up as neighbors, but differing backgrounds forbade contact.  Eschewing custom, they fell in love, married, and fled both the authorities and Zakia's vengeful family.  Currently, they live in hiding in Afghanistan, and hope to one day leave the country with their baby daughter.

Rod Nordland, who initially wrote a New York Times article about the pair, chronicles the story of their forbidden love while offering insight into the role women's rights (or lack thereof) and sectarian differences play in Afghan culture.

You can meet Zakia and Mohammad, along with their daughter, in the video below.

For further reading, please take a look at our Islamic Studies Catalog.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Required Reading: Paul Daugherty's AN UNCOMPLICATED LIFE

University of Cincinnati's Special Education Department has made Paul Daugherty's An Uncomplicated Life: A Father's Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter required reading! 

Paul’s book is an exhilarating and funny love letter to Jillian, his daughter with Down syndrome, recounting tales from her mischievous childhood, through high school and college, and up to the present day, as Jillian works to support herself, and is engaged to the love of her life. Through her unmitigated love for others, her sparkling charisma, and her boundless capacity for joy, Jillian has inspired those around her to live better and more fully.

Praise from University of Cincinnati:

“Paul Daugherty recently made several presentations at our request at the University of Cincinnati and shared his book An Uncomplicated Life with faculty and students. As a result, the special education program has decided that his powerful story is essential reading for all future teachers. The book will be read by ALL Early Childhood, Middle School, Secondary & Special Education teacher candidates who enroll in the required courseIndividuals with Exceptionalities. Paul's book offers important parent perspective to future educators and fosters essential collaboration between educators and parents.”—Karen S. Troup M.Ed., Special Education Program Coordinator, School of Education, University of Cincinnati

To read more about the book, please click here


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Worlds Apart



In anticipation of her upcoming book Midnight in Broad Daylight, author Pamela Rotner Sakamoto has created a short video to introduce readers to the Fukuhara family.  During the Depression, the members of the family wind up separated between Japan and America.  World War II solidifies that separation as the boys find themselves on opposite sides of a worldwide conflict.

Everything changes when an atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.

You can watch Pamela's video below.

Midnight in Broad Daylight goes on sale January 5, 2016.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Discovering Hidden History

Last week, Kenneth C. Davis, author of Don’t Know Much About History, was featured on Maine National Public Radio.  Davis—who has devoted his career to discovering the truth behind the myths and fallacies of history—discussed how the most fascinating and sometimes troubling parts of history aren't taught in the classroom. You can listen to the full show here.


For more information on Kenneth C. Davis and his works, you can visit his website.