Terrier Volume 79, Number 1 - Fall 2015 - Page 10

SFC Authors Corner The past year was particularly notable for the publication of books by St. Francis College faculty. Theo Gangi (English) brings us A New Day in America (Full Fathom Five Digital), a work of fiction that begins with a father’s quest to save his daughter one year after a devastating bomb and a pandemic have killed millions and destroyed NYC. “For me, A New Day in America and the post-apocalyptic genre is interesting because the stories pose an alternate world of worst case scenarios and Sophie’s choices,” said Gangi. “We know who we are when supported by our set structures. Apocalyptic literature asks: ‘Who are we when that security is gone?’” You can read more of Gangi’s work and get his first novel Bang Bang on his blog theogangi.com . Uwe Gielen (Psychology) has co-edited with Grant Rich and written part of a new collection called Pathfinders in International Psychology (Information Age Publishing). The book features essays about 17 psychologists and psychiatrists who have played an important role in international psychology. From Franz Mesmer (1734-1815) — whose name is the foundation for the verb, mesmerize — to several living figures, the volume follows the rise of psychology from a Western protoscience to a global form of science and practice. Pathfinders is Dr. Gielen’s 22nd book. Earlier last year, Professor Gielen co-edited another book, International Counseling: Case Studies Handbook (American Counseling Association), which takes a look at how counseling and psychotherapy are approached around the world. Emily Horowitz’s (Criminal Justice) book, Protecting Our Kids? How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us (Praeger) puts Dr. Horowitz squarely in the fight to change laws that she says are overly harsh and do nothing to make society safer. Since the book was released, Dr. Horowitz published an editorial in the New York Daily News, appeared on The Kelly File special on Fox News, and was quoted at length in an NBC News story. Peter Leibman ’71 (Education) has more than 4 0 years of experience as an educator. He’s shared his knowledge with hundreds of St. Francis College students and now he’s looking to reach a wider audience with Launch a Teaching Career: Secrets For Aspiring Teachers (Rowman & Littlefield). “This is the perfect time to become a full-time teacher and yet too many college graduates cannot secure a teaching position,” said Dr. Leibman, who began as a teacher in Bedford-Stuyvesant before becoming an Assistant Principal at Bishop Loughlin and later a Principal at schools on Long Island and in Westchester. “We’ve proven through the successes of our own students that there is a right way to get yourself to the head of the class.” Eric Platt (History) takes us back to the 16 0 0s to examine a major dispute on religion and political power in Britain and the Bestandstwisten: The Causes, Course and Consequences of British Involvement in the Dutch Religious and Political Disputes of the Early Seventeenth Century (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht). The book focuses on British involvement in a serious conflict that arose in the Dutch Republic during the 1610s over differing views on religious doctrine, church-state relations, and the very nature of the Dutch state (the Bestandstwisten). “My work, along with the scholarship of other recent historians, shows that the British Isles were much more involved with, and impacted by, other European countries during the 15 0 0s and 16 0 0s than had previously been thought.” Gregory Tague (English) straddles the fields of liberal arts and science to take a comprehensive look at how humans develop morality in Making Mind: Moral Sense and Consciousness in Philosophy, Science, and Literature (Rodopi/Brill). “The book is an interesting study of how our species-inherited moral sense can differ dramatically from one individual to another,” writes Dr. Tague. “While mores pertain to a group, narrative comes from, and is processed by, the individual and reaches its high point in the novel.” ● Faculty Spotlight: Starr Eaddy By Kareem Cooper ’14 Anyone who takes Professor Starr Eaddy’s health promotion class should be forewarned — you’ll be doing a lot more than just studying for an exam to pass this class. U sing what they’ve learned in Dr. Eaddy’s classes, students each year organize an educational health fair for the college community. This hands-on experience gives students a chance to not only make practical use of classroom material, but also to give something back to the school, a central tenet of the college’s mission. The students are responsible for almost everything, from figuring out which organizations and agencies to invite to showcase their services to creating the fair’s budget and raising funds to pay for any expenses. After the fair is over, students then research the effectiveness of the event, surveying participants and analyzing the results. “When my students go out to work, they may be organizing health fairs for construction workers, medical students, or law students. They may not necessarily be members of those communities; Starr Eaddy. 8  |  ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE TERRIER  |  FALL 2015 so they really need to know how to ask questions of folks to understand their health needs,” said Eaddy. Professor Eaddy also promotes community outreach through a partnership she developed with New York Cares, the city’s largest volunteer management organization. “It’s been an incredible partnership in terms of students having a variety of volunteer opportunities that they can tap into,” she said. Volunteering allows students to gain work experience and build upon what they’ve learned. “The most important thing is that it helps students get connected to communities that they belong to but also communities other than their own,” said Eaddy. “You get this exposure to these different kinds of agencies and how different organizations and agencies work, but you also get documentable experience for resumes that you can use to further your career.” ●