Stephen Rabe, Arts and Humanities Endowed Chair, has a new book, "John F. Kennedy: World Leader," coming out this month. In this introduction to American foreign policy at the height of the Cold War, Rabe describes how Kennedy perceived himself as a foreign policy president. Time and again, the president used the threat of force, good diplomacy, and sound judgment to keep the world from falling into the abyss of nuclear war. But Kennedy did more than manage foreign policy crises. He launched major economic development programs for Latin America, India, and Egypt and dispatched Peace Corps volunteers around the world. He attempted to mediate the Arab-Israeli dispute and to stop the spread of nuclear weapons to China and Israel. Under Kennedy, the United States began for the first time to develop a policy for Africa. For more information, visit
Historical Studies Professor David Channell published a chapter on Thermodynamics in a new reference book entitled “Scientific Thought in Context,” which provides a comprehensive overview of 125 major topics in science, as well as exploring science’s direct connection to related social issues and moral and ethical considerations. For more information, visit http://www.gale.cengage.com/pdf/facts/GML31209_Scientific_Thought_Context.pdf.
In addition to the chapter on Thermodynamics, Channell recently published a chapter entitled "The Emergence of the Engineering Sciences: An Historical Analysis," in a new book "Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences," published by Elsevier in Holland. The website is http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/bookdescription.cws_home/BS_HPHS/description#description.
Matt Bondurant's latest novel, "The Wettest County in the World," is now available in paperback. The book is a fictionalized tale of Depression-era bootlegging in Virginia. Bondurant, an assistant professor of literature and creative writing, recently sold the film rights to Columbia Pictures.