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Posts from the ‘Cal Poly Authors’ Category

Remembering love with Jody Lisberger

“Write a story that really matters to you,” said Jody Lisberger, associate professor and director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at University of Rhode Island. Jody was inspired to write short stories that mattered to her, and her inspirations manifested themselves in her collection of short stories, Remember Love. A podcast of the conversation is below.

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So. Many. Events.

Welcome back Mustangs! Kennedy Library is hitting the ground running this quarter with a lot of fun, unique events coming up. In January and February, the library will be holding a variety of events about topics from biofuels to love stories. With so many events and topics being discussed, there is an event for everyone.

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BDSM as an ethical lifestyle: A conversation with Lewis Call and Jane Lehr

The term “BDSM” and the word “library” are not often used in the same sentence (I don’t think). Kennedy Library, however, changed that last Friday, October 18, at its most recent Conversations with Cal Poly Authors event.

During this conversation, Lewis Call, an associate professor of history, was joined by Jane Lehr, associate professor in the departments of ethnic studies and women’s and gender studies and liberal arts and engineering studies, to talk about Call’s new book BDSM in American Science Fiction and Fantasy

While this topic seems like it may only cover a small portion of the world, big themes with broad implications were discussed.

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Conversations with Cal Poly Authors puts morality on trial

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“I believe that my book, Judicial Review in an Age of Moral Pluralism, is the most important book in the history of the world,” said Ronald Den Otter, Cal Poly associate professor of political science, to kick off the Cal Poly Authors discussion last Friday.

He was joking, of course, but as the conversation turned from the book’s origins to the subject matter, it became clear that Judicial Review in an Age of Moral Pluralism tackles crucial questions about the role of the justice system in a diverse society that has differing opinions about right and wrong. Joined by Jude Egan, also an associate professor in political science at Cal Poly, the two discussed the appropriateness and history of judicial review in the United States.

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California music is an audible photograph

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How do you understand history? Do you look at photos, read books? Watch the History Channel? For Craig Russell, Cal Poly music professor, a community’s songs are enduring records of their era, providing in-depth and textured insight into their ways of life. Read more

Revenge of the white whale

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Cal Poly author and history professor George Cotkin shared his own eccentric, extensive and often hilarious relationship with Herman Melville’s classic “Moby Dick” on October 12 at Kennedy Library’s first Conversations with Cal Poly Authors event of the school year. The podcast is below. Read more

How to make a local climate action plan

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Why write a book? There are many reasons. One very good one is when a book does not yet exist for your topic. That’s one reason why Michael Boswell, Adrienne Greve and Tammy Seale set about writing Local Climate Action Planning together. Read more