Piercing the Curtain
Bruce Aeberli and Rhonda Holberton
"Piercing the Curtain" features collaborative works produced by Bruno Aeberli and Rhonda Holberton. The works evolved over a 4 month period of remote correspondence between the two artists. The conversations began the way many do in the post-COVID environment, over Zoom and amid the Summer 2021 fires in San Francisco and the Flooding in Europe. Within these specific conditions a loci began to emerge; the material manifestations of digital signals; with special focus on phenomenology of climate change, infrastructural entanglement, and the tension between the perceptions of a seamlessly networked globalized planet, and the stark differences of the human experiences across borders of all kinds.
ScholarWorks Profile: Rhonda Holberton
Songs of the Sun
Tiffany Unarce Barry
This new title is all about songs and games from the Philippines with Orff process lesson plans. Songs of the Sun includes translations and pronunciation guides along with recordings of each song. You thought you knew lots of children's games? You need to check out this great resource!
This set of songs and chants has passed from family, friends, and the Filipino community. Most of them are in Tagalog, but as is often true in oral traditions, multiple versions exist in different dialects. Various children's books from the Philippines are referenced throughout this text for additional source material.
Audio recordings, visuals of the lyrics, videos, and additional music scores are included with this book's purchase. Audio recordings include an a cappella version of each song and the pronunciation of the Filipino lyrics.
ScholarWorks Profile: Tiffany Unarce Barry
Scenic Design from: "Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle"
In this “vibrant and emotionally charged” (The New York Times) new play from one of theater’s most original voices, a bustling London train station brings an unexpected encounter between free-spirited American Georgie and reserved Irishman Alex, thrusting two strangers into a life-changing game. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, the suspicious Alex is drawn into Georgie’s anarchic world and his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer.
ScholarWorks Profile: Andrea Bechert
International Conference on Communication, Computing and Electronics Systems: Proceedings of ICCCES 2020
V. Bindhu, João Manuel R. S. Tavares, Alexandros-Apostolos A. Boulogeorgos, and Chandrasekar Vuppalapati
This book includes high-quality papers presented at the International Conference on Communication, Computing and Electronics Systems 2020, held at the PPG Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, India, on 21–22 October 2020. The book covers topics such as automation, VLSI, embedded systems, integrated device technology, satellite communication, optical communication, RF communication, microwave engineering, artificial intelligence, deep learning, pattern recognition, Internet of Things, precision models, bioinformatics, and healthcare informatics.
ScholarWorks Profile: Chandrasekar Vuppalapati
Harboring Happiness: 101 Ways to Be Happy
Harboring Happiness offers 101 clear, snappy, and scientifically-supported methods for achieving happiness. The goal of this easily-digestible book is to liberate readers, not burden them. Everyone wants to be happier, but most people don't want to put in the effort. Harboring Happiness will appeal to people who want fast, easy solutions. It is very easy to read this book straight through or to jump in and out at any point, making Harboring Happiness useful and accessible to all.
ScholarWorks Profile: Dan Brook
The Viennese Ballroom in the Age of Beethoven
The repertoire of the early Viennese ballroom was highly influential in the broader histories of both social dance and music in nineteenth-century Europe. Yet music scholarship has traditionally paid little attention to ballroom dance music before the era of the Strauss dynasty, with the exception of a handful of dances by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. This book positions Viennese social dances in their specific performing contexts and investigates the wider repertoire of the Viennese ballroom in the decades around 1800, most of which stems from dozens of non-canonical composers. Close examination of this material yields new insights into the social contexts associated with familiar dance types, and reveals that the ballroom repertoire of this period connected with virtually every aspect of Viennese musical life, from opera and concert music to the emerging category of entertainment music that was later exemplified by the waltzes of Lanner and Strauss.
ScholarWorks Profile: Erica Buurman
A comics collage meets critical essay, Failure Biographies remakes 1940s horror and science fiction comic books into a book-length biography of artistic failure.
I am a builder with an affinity for found objects employing a variety of materials and processes. I create whimsical assemblages that explore domestic relationships including themes related to identity, gender roles, labor, work equity, and contemporary parenting. These themes, although personal in origin, speak to the human condition and the complexities of interpersonal relationships. There is nothing exceptional about home, marriage, and family, so I find it natural to incorporate ordinary household objects as I visually explore the dynamics of domestic relationships and everyday lives.
Found objects speak volumes, they have personal resonance; they are a visual invitation to a conversation. Most of my work is built from used household objects acquired from my own home, friends, garage sales or thrift stores. I purposely select used and imperfect objects because the wear and tear etched into their surfaces is the authentic residue of lives lived.
In some pieces I substitute concrete or bronze for the original found objects transforming them into more enduring monumental objects which confers an element of absurdity. I use repetition, overabundance, and implied motion to conjure the viewer’s own experience of never-ending household chores, overwhelming demands and the chaos of contemporary life. I am influenced by surrealist imagery and my manipulation of materials strives to reflect the idiom “things are not always what they seem”. I invite the viewer to consider serious content by employing humor, absurdity and exaggeration.
ScholarWorks Profile: Lynn Dau
Transitional Wear: Day to Night
ScholarWorks Profile: Lynn Dau
Empowering Public Speaking
Deanna L. Fassett and Keith Nainby
With emphasis on public speaking as a means for social justice, Empowering Public Speaking helps students develop the communication skills necessary to successfully effect change. Readers learn about public speaking as a means of personal, social, economic, and cultural power, and how communication shapes social relations, identity development, and public awareness. Through examples and discussions, the book demonstrates how public speaking is a significant act that inspires social transformation.
Over the course of 12 chapters, students learn how communication creates our social reality and shapes interpersonal relationships. They discover the importance of critical, compassionate listening, careful attention to power, and adapting speeches to a specific time, place, and purpose. Dedicated chapters address the craft required for effective public speaking, the responsibility of finding and sharing reputable sources of information, and strategies for delivering an impassioned address. The closing chapters discuss speaker accountability, the constant evolution of public speaking, and its ability to empower.
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The Handbook of Archival Practice
Patricia C. Franks
To meet the demands of archivists increasingly tasked with the responsibility for hybrid collections, this indispensable guide covers contemporary archival practice for managing analog and digital materials in a single publication.
Terms describing activities central to the archival process—such as appraisal, acquisition, arrangement, description, storage, access, and preservation—are included. In addition, responsibilities traditionally considered outside the purview of the archivist but currently impacting professional activities—such as cybersecurity, digital forensics, digital curation, distributed systems (e.g., cloud computing), and distributed trust systems (e.g., blockchain)—are also covered.
The Handbook is divided into ten sections: current environment; records creation and recordkeeping systems; appraisal and acquisition; arrangement and description; storage and preservation; digital preservation; user services; community outreach and advocacy; risk management, security and privacy; and management and leadership. Some terms touch on more than one category, which made sorting a challenge. Readers are encouraged to consult both the table of contents and the index, as a topic may be addressed in more than one entry.
A total of 111 entries by 105 authors are defined and described in The Handbook. The majority (79) of the contributors were from the US, 12 from Canada, 7 from the United Kingdom, 3 from Australia, 1 each from Germany, Jamaica, New Zealand, and the Russian Federation. Because archival practice differs among practitioners in different countries, this work represents an amalgamation.
The Handbook was written primarily for archival practitioners who wish to access desired information at the point of need. However, can also serve as a valuable resource for students pursuing careers in the archival profession and information professionals engaged in related fields.
Data and the American Dream: Contemporary Social Controversies and the American Community Survey
Matthew J. Holian
This book paints a portrait of social life in America by providing an accessible discussion of empirical economics research on issues such as illegal immigration, health care and climate change. All the studies in this book use the same data source: individual responses to the American Community Survey (ACS), the nation's largest household survey.
The author identifies studies that clearly illustrate core econometric methods (such as regression control and difference-in-differences), replicates key statistics from the studies, and helps the reader to carefully interpret the statistics. This book has a companion website with replication files in R and Stata format. The Appendix to this book contains a guide to using the free R software, downloading the ACS and other public-use microdata, and running the replication files, which assumes no background knowledge on the part of the reader beyond introductory statistics. By opening up the hood on how top scholars use core econometric methods to analyze large data sets, a motivated reader with a decent computer and Internet connection can use this book to learn not only how to replicate published research, but also to extend the analysis to create new knowledge about important social phenomena. A more casual reader can skip the online supplements and still gain data-driven insights into social and economic behavior. The book concludes by describing how careful empirical estimates can guide decision making, through cost-benefit analysis, to find public policies that lead to greater happiness while accounting for environmental, public health and other impacts.
With its accessible discussion, glossary, detailed learning goals, end of chapter review questions and companion resources, this book is ideal for use as a supplementary volume in introductory econometrics or research methods courses.
ScholarWorks Profile: Matthew Holian
Sparked: George Floyd, Racism, and the Progressive Illusion
Walter R. Jacobs, Wendy Thompson Taiwo, and Amy August
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was killed by Minneapolis police officers, sparking months of unrest at home and around the world. As millions took to the streets to express their outrage and speak out against systemic racism, injustice, and institutionalized violence, the city of Minneapolis and its residents were deeply shaken. For many, George Floyd’s murder and the ensuing uprisings shattered the city’s reputation for progressive ideals and a high quality of life. For many others, the incident simply caught on camera a representation of the harsh realities and paradoxes that they have been living with for generations. In the words of Jasmine Mitchell, “the ‘Minnesota nice’ comforts and illusionary progressiveness resides upon the ignoring of White racial terrorism and fears of Blackness, brown immigrants, and resistance to White supremacy.”
Sparked brings together the perspectives of social scientists, professors, and other academics who work or have worked in Minnesota. The essays present reflections on racial dynamics in the Twin Cities and the intersection of the wonderful and wretched sides of that existence, revealing deep complexities, ingrained inequities, and diverse personal experiences.
ScholarWorks Profile: Walter R. Jacobs, Wendy M Thompson, Amy August
The Children Could Fly
There is a commonly held perception about why black children suffer; it is a myth about their inherent state of nothingness, their ability to embody more pain than others, which rarely has anything to do with the realities that black youth endure. The Children Could Fly disavows these myths, specifically by examining one of the major institutions responsible for justifying suffering: schools. This documentary sets out to disrupt normative beliefs that, particularly for Black children, increased schooling leads to social and economic uplift, critical thinking, and a sustainable sense of purpose. It aims to center critical dialogue and visuals rooted in empirical understandings of the inextricable link between the wellness of Black children and the abolition of schooling--its historical and ongoing investments in structural, institutional, and interpersonal forms of anti-Blackness. It will disentangle functions of schooling from education; and it aims to follow/highlight the pedagogical practices that we engaged throughout our students four years of high school, practices that sought to ensure that all of our [Black] students had access to quality education (knowledges, resources and communities) en route to their well-being.
The Children Could Fly picks up where If These Cells Could Talk ends. It showcases the practices and processes necessary to reverse the aging in [black] children caused by societal/toxic stress. It centers the stories of two black children (Tatiana & Isaiah), their families and their supportive educational communities. Their unified stories and experiences push us to think beyond the limitations of schooling toward the necessity and fullness of deep-rooted education for our young people.
ScholarWorks Profile: Tiffani Marie
HCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust: Third International Conference, HCI-CPT 2021, Held as Part of the 23rd HCI International Conference, HCII 2021, Virtual Event, July 24–29, 2021, Proceedings
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Third International Conference on HCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust, HCI-CPT 2021, held as part of the 23rd International Conference, HCI International 2021, which took place virtually in July 2021.
The total of 1276 papers and 241 posters included in the 39 HCII 2021 proceedings volumes was carefully reviewed and selected from 5222 submissions.
HCI-CPT 2021 includes a total of 30 papers; they were organized in topical sections named: usable security; security and privacy by design; user behavior analysis in cybersecurity; and security and privacy awareness.
ScholarWorks Profile: Abbas Moallem
Smart and Intelligent Systems: The Human Elements in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Cybersecurity
Smart and Intelligent Systems: The Human Elements in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Cybersecurity presents new areas of smart and intelligent system design. It defines smart and intelligent systems, offers a human factors approach, discusses networking applications, and combines the human element with smart and intelligent systems.
This book is perfect for engineering students in data sciences and artificial intelligence and practitioners at all levels in the fields of human factors and ergonomics, systems engineering, computer science, software engineering, and robotics.
ScholarWorks Profile: Abbas Moallem
The Confession of Copeland Cane
Copeland Cane V, the child who fell outta Colored People Time and into America, is a fugitive…
He is also just a regular teenager coming up in a terrifying world. A slightly eccentric, flip-phone loving kid with analog tendencies and a sideline hustling sneakers, the boundaries of Copeland’s life are demarcated from the jump by urban toxicity, an educational apparatus with confounding intentions, and a police state that has merged with media conglomerates—the highly-rated Insurgency Alert Desk that surveils and harasses his neighborhood in the name of anti-terrorism.
Recruited by the nearby private school even as he and his folks face eviction, Copeland is doing his damnedest to do right by himself, for himself. And yet the forces at play entrap him in a reality that chews up his past and obscures his future. Copeland’s wry awareness of the absurd keeps life passable, as do his friends and their surprising array of survival skills. And yet in the aftermath of a protest rally against police violence, everything changes, and Copeland finds himself caught in the flood of history.
Set in East Oakland, California in a very near future, The Confession of Copeland Cane introduces us to a prescient and startlingly contemporary voice, one that exposes the true dangers of coming of age in America: miseducation, over-medication, radiation, and incarceration.
ScholarWorks Profile: Keenan Norris
Photography and Modern Public Housing in Los Angeles
Nicole Krup Oest
In the 1940s, Los Angeles faced an acute housing crisis. The local housing authority responded with a controversial program of slum clearance and public housing construction as well as photography that presented the crisis in innovative ways. This book brings these photographs together with hitherto unavailable sources to reveal a largely uninvestigated concept of housing photography. Case studies from Los Angeles, New York, and Berlin together with FBI records and nearly forgotten bulletins invite a new understanding of the history of housing and photography as one in which women scholars and commercial photographers played pivotal roles.
ScholarWorks Profile: Nicole Krup Oest
Drawing the Line: Rael San Fratello at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Virginia San Fratello, Ronald Rael, and Rael San Fratello
Much like the policy and geography that define it, the line drawn between Mexico and the United States is malleable, literally shifting with time. Architecture firm Rael San Fratello has spent over a decade questioning the idea of the border and focusing on the evolving contexts of urbanism in borderlands.
Conceived, in part, as exercises in political subversion through design, Drawing the Line: Rael San Fratello at the U.S.-Mexico Border responds to the consequences of ostensibly permanent boundaries with impermanent histories for cultures and communities at the border. Taken as a whole, the projects shown here offer a conceptual dismantling of the border wall—usurping its meaning, reforming its identity, and stripping away its political power.
ScholarWorks Profile: Virginia San Fratello
Emilio Uranga’s Analysis of Mexican Being: A Translation and Critical Introduction
Emilio Uranga and Carlos Alberto Sánchez
Emilio Uranga, a founding member of the famed el grupo Hiperión, devoted his life to characterizing the nuances and uniqueness of Mexican existence. His landmark book, Análisis del ser del mexicano became an instant classic. This is the first English translation of the work, which, accompanied by a comprehensive introduction, features:
- Key moments in the development of 20th century Mexican philosophy up to the writing of Uranga's text
- A detailed overview of the translated text and its most significant movements
- Discussion of Uranga's relevance to contemporary debates in the phenomenology of culture, decolonial philosophy, phenomenology, and Latin American philosophy itself
- Considerations of Uranga's “ontology,” and how he justified his project by appealing to 20th-century Mexican poetry and existential phenomenology
Reading Uranga's brilliant words expertly translated and introduced by Carlos Alberto Sánchez finally allows us to understand why this Mexican philosopher is considered one of the most fearless and original thinkers of the 20th century.
Democratization of Artificial Intelligence for the Future of Humanity
Artificial intelligence (AI) stands out as a transformational technology of the digital age. Its practical applications are growing very rapidly. One of the chief reasons AI applications are attaining prominence, is in its design to learn continuously, from real-world use and experience, and its capability to improve its performance. It is no wonder that the applications of AI span from complex high-technology equipment manufacturing to personalized exclusive recommendations to end-users. Many deployments of AI software, given its continuous learning need, require computation platforms that are resource intense, and have sustained connectivity and perpetual power through central electrical grid.
In order to harvest the benefits of AI revolution to all of humanity, traditional AI software development paradigms must be upgraded to function effectively in environments that have resource constraints, small form factor computational devices with limited power, devices with intermittent or no connectivity and/or powered by non-perpetual source or battery power.
The aim this book is to prepare current and future software engineering teams with the skills and tools to fully utilize AI capabilities in resource-constrained devices. The book introduces essential AI concepts from the perspectives of full-scale software development with emphasis on creating niche Blue Ocean small form factored computational environment products.
ScholarWorks Profile: Chandrasekar Vuppalapati
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Agricultural Economics: Prognostic Data Analytics to Serve Small Scale Farmers Worldwide
This book discusses machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) for agricultural economics. It is written with a view towards bringing the benefits of advanced analytics and prognostics capabilities to small scale farmers worldwide. This volume provides data science and software engineering teams with the skills and tools to fully utilize economic models to develop the software capabilities necessary for creating lifesaving applications.
The book introduces essential agricultural economic concepts from the perspective of full-scale software development with the emphasis on creating niche blue ocean products. Chapters detail several agricultural economic and AI reference architectures with a focus on data integration, algorithm development, regression, prognostics model development and mathematical optimization.
Upgrading traditional AI software development paradigms to function in dynamic agricultural and economic markets, this volume will be of great use to researchers and students in agricultural economics, data science, engineering, and machine learning as well as engineers and industry professionals in the public and private sectors.
ScholarWorks Profile: Chandrasekar Vuppalapati
A Rhetoric of Ruins: Exploring Landscapes of Abandoned Modernity
Andrew F. Wood
A Rhetoric of Ruins contributes to an interdisciplinary conversation about the role of wrecked and abandoned places in modern life. Topics in this book stretch from retro- and post-human futures to a Jeremiadic analysis of the role of ruins in American presidential discourse. From that foundation, A Rhetoric of Ruins employs hauntology to visit a California ghost-town, psychogeography to confront Detroit ruins, heterochrony to survey Pennsylvania’s once (and future) Graffiti Highway, an expanded articulation of heterotopia to explore the pleasurable contamination of Chernobyl, and an evening in Turkmenistan’s Doorway to Hell that stretches across time from Homer’s Iliad to Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally.” Written to engage scholars and students of communication studies, cultural geography, anthropology, landscape studies, performance studies, public memory, urban studies, and tourism studies, A Rhetoric of Ruins is a conceptually rich and vividly written account of how broken and derelict places help us manage our fears in the modern era.
ScholarWorks Profile: Andrew Wood
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