For your listening pleasure, check out these three Duke authors on various radio shows. First up, Randy Weston on NPR's Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. Weston plays several pieces on the show, including a tribute to Thelonious Monk. McPartland plays her own tribute to Weston. Weston's autobiography, African Rhythms, is out in October. Then you can listen to an Frank Wilderson discuss his new book Red, White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms on KDVS's New Day Jazz. Wilderson's book is a provocative theoretical critique of representations of race in socially engaged films made since the 1960s. Then tonight tune into KPFT's Nuestra Palabra at 7:30 CT to hear AnaLouise Keating talk about the late great feminist activist and writer Gloria Anzaldúa. Keating is the editor of The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader. Enjoy all these great interviews!
Bay Area jazz fans are in for a treat this weekend, when pianist Randy Weston and his African Rhythms Trio play the Stanford Jazz Festival on Saturday night. Fans can also catch Randy in conversation with legendary jazz radio personality Dr. Herb Wong at the Jazz Heritage Center on Sunday. The center will also show a film about Weston's life entitled "Randy Weston on the Road." Duke University Press is proud to be publishing Weston's autobiography, African Rhythms (written with Willard Jenkins) this fall. It's a book every jazz fan will want to read.
Rebecca Karl, author of Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History, is interviewed in the Huffington Post today by Jeffrey Wasserstrom. The book is for general readers. Karl says, "Over the years, in my teaching and non-academic life, I have encountered
many people - students, family, concerned citizens of various political
persuasions - who are baffled and confused about China's past and its
current trajectory. I decided I wanted to write a book for all of those
people: the ones who are genuinely interested but perhaps not very
knowledgeable about China." Karl says the chapter on the Great Leap Forward was the most difficult to write: "For this, I needed to maintain a decent line of analytical rigor, even
while being very clear about the hideous results of the period. Since
the whole book is designed to counter the idea that Mao was just a crazy
meglamaniacal tyrant, I needed to deal with the issues raised by the
theorization of the socialist economy - which were, after all, the root
of the Great Leap period - without dissolving the human tragedies into
abstractions. This was a real challenge." Karl, Associate Professor of History at New York University, is also the author of Staging the World: Chinese Nationalism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (2002).
Congratulations to Jody Berland, author of North of Empire: Essays on the Cultural Technologies of Space, for winning the Gertrude J. Robinson Book Prize from L'Association canadienne de communication / the
Canadian Communication Association (ACC / CCA). The Robinson Book Prize is named in honour of the many contributions of
Professor Gertrude J. Robinson to the discipline of communication in
Canada and around the world. Nominees for the Robinson Book Prize must have published a monograph in
the previous calendar year, and be a member of the Canadian
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