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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Faculty Book Talks Scheduled in the Multicultural Resource Center

We want to help get the word out about all local faculty book talks, so if you or a colleague has a talk scheduled, drop us a line!

The Multicultural Resource Center, part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, is continuing its tradition of highlighting faculty research and has announced its schedule of faculty book talks for 2010/2011. All talks take place in the Center, which is located on the first floor of the Elliott University Center.

Unfortunately, we missed the first talk last week when Dr. Tara Green of the African American Studies Program discussed A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives on African American Men. But here's the list of the MRC's upcoming talks we hope to get to:

October 5, 2010 at 4 pm: Dr. Mark Elliott, Department of History, discussing Color-Blind Justice: Albion Tourgée and the Quest for Racial Equality from the Civil War to Plessy v. Ferguson and Undaunted Radical: The Selected Writings and Speeches of Albion W. Tourgée.

November 9, 2010 at 4 pm: Dr. Andreas Lixl, Department of German, Russian, Japanese and Chinese Studies, discussing Memories of Carolinian Immigrants: Autobiographies, Diaries, and Letters from Colonial Times to the Present.

January 25, 2011 at 4 pm: Dr. Svi Shapiro, Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, Strangers in the Land: Pedagogy, Modernity, and Jewish Identity.

April 5, 2011 at 4 pm: Dr. Sally Ann Ferguson, Department of English, Nineteenth-Century Black Women's Literary Emergence: Evolutionary Spirituality, Sexuality, and Identity.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Global Cybercrime Industry

In The Global Cybercrime Industry: Economic, Institutional and Strategic Perspectives, Dr. Nir Kshetri an Associate Professor in UNCG's Bryan School of Business and Economics, explores the world of cybercrime. Dr. Kshetri sets out the five main goals of his research in the book's preface:

1) "to examine economic processes associated with the cybercrime industry . . . [and] help us better understand cybercrime as a form of economic activity and . . . inform the development of strategies for crime prevention."

2) "to understand institutional processes in the cybercrime industry."

3) "to provide insights into the entrepreneurial aspect of firms engaged in cyber-criminal activities."

4) "to explain the global variation in the pattern of cybercrimes . . . economic factors facing cyber-criminal and cybercrime victims are significantly different in developing and developed countries."

5) "to understand threats and countermeasures taken by key actors in this industry."

Dr. Kshetri is also well-known on campus for his teaching and was the recipient of the Bryan School Teaching Excellence Award in 2008.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Postcommunism, Postmodernism, and the Global Imagination

English Department Professor Christian Moraru edited this volume which explores "how post-Cold War accelerated globalization has been reshaping Central and East European literatures, cultures, and theoretical-ideological debates" (Moraru, V). Professor Moraru also contributes an essay on Nostalgia, a novel by Romanian author Mircea Cartarescu. The volume, which features essays by an international group of scholars, also includes an introduction by Aaron Chandler, of the English Department, and an essay by Phyllis Whitman Hunter of the History Department.

For more information on Professor Moraru, please visit his website.

Friday, September 10, 2010

From Cronkite to Colbert by Dr. Geoffrey Baym

From the publisher's website: "In a time when increasing numbers of people are tuning out the nightly news and media consumption is falling, the late-night comedians have become some of the most important newscasters in the country. From Cronkite to Colbert explains why. It examines an historical path that begins at the height of the network age with Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow, when the evening news was considered the authoritative record of the day s events and forged our assumptions about what the news is, or should be. The book then winds its way through the breakdown of that paradigm of real news and into its reinvention in the unlikely form of such popularized shows as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. From Cronkite to Colbert makes the case that rather than fake news, those shows should be understood as a new kind of journalism, one that has the potential to save the news and reinvigorate the conversation of democracy in today's society."

Geoffrey Baym is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at UNCG. To learn more about this book and Dr. Baym, please check out his website.