Interview with Zareena Grewal, author of “Islam is a Foreign Country” -
Zareena Grewal’s monograph Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority (NYU Press, 2013), seamlessly interweaves ethnographic research with an in-depth historical perspective in order to yield an unparalleled account of American Muslims and…
Listen to this exclusive interview with author Zareena Grewal on the New Books Network!
We’re delighted to announce that Library of Arabic Literature’s Leg Over Leg, Volume 1 by Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, translated by Humphrey Davies is one of 10 finalists for the Best Translated Book Award in fiction! See the full list here.
Head on over to Three Percent to take a look back at the reasons “why these books should win,” according to the judges and other readers.
"[A] wide-ranging analysis that touches on feminism, the military, marriage, the Internet, and discourse around scientific research. Walters’s humane, transformative vision soars in this must-read for anyone interested in LGBT politics.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
The Tolerance Trap publishes next month, and the praise is rollin’ in! Check out the book’s website for more information.
In asserting that gay, lesbian and bisexual citizens want rights such as pay equity, voting rights, and an end to discrimination in the workplace and judicial system—indeed, ‘full and deep integration and inclusion in the American dream’—[the author] makes it clear that tolerance is much too limited a goal.
An enlightening examination of identity and the quest for ‘deep freedom’ by a largely misunderstood and marginalized group. — Kirkus Reviews, on Suzanna Danuta Walters’ The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality (NYU Press, 2014)
Looking for a new read? Check out our Spring 2014 catalog—and let us know what books make your “to-read” list!
It may be April 1, but we’re not joshing ya: Over at Salon, you can read a free excerpt from Pranksters, out today from NYU Press!
Plus, check out an exclusive interview with author—and self proclaimed prankster—Kembrew McLeod.
Happy April Fools’ Day!
A call to men: Ending violence against women -
Silvia Dominguez, author of Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Public Housing, and Immigrant Networks, issues a call to action to end violence against women—starting with men stepping up to make it a men’s problem as well.
Another excellent Women’s History Month post on our blog!
Ladies, what are your go-to books for professional advice?
Find out why writer, journalist, and TED speaker Joshunda Sanders thinks What Works for Women at Work by mother-daughter duo, Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey, is a book that any working women can follow.
Read her article here.
So I’d like to make a suggestion to jettison the Firsts, Festivals, and Foods trio of Black History Month for a different style of learning about Black and American history. Kids learn who the First Black astronaut was, the First Black senator, and so forth. But what happens after the First? I suggest we do away with how we teach about ‘Firsts,’ and I’ll leave the Festivals and Foods to other, more creative minds.
When we focus on the Firsts, and not What Followed, we allow ourselves to be seduced by the silence in between milestones of Black History. If we do not look into the gaps between the Firsts, then we fail to see the ways that other individuals, institutions, and social practices worked—often quite deliberately—to crush the spirit of those Firsts, and to make it plain that Black people who wanted to follow in their footsteps would be met with massive resistance.
So I ask that we pair the question ‘What Followed and Why?’ with each First, to ensure that our students can understand the reasons why we still celebrate Firsts, why they remain rarities decades after slavery and Jim Crow.
What happened after Benjamin Banneker made plans for our nation’s capitol, the First Black engineer to be recognized as such by white folks? Why the gap in Black urban planners between Banneker and… well, I must admit I cannot bring to mind a famous Black urban planner. What stymied efforts to bring up generations of Bannekers to design welcoming, sustainable urban spaces to be shared by people of all colors? Why are so many urban areas still segregated, decades after the First Black mayors were elected?
Until we look closely at What Followed, and try to learn lessons from that part of our American history, our celebrations of Firsts will feel less festive and more frustrating as time goes by. —
Excerpt from “Black History Month, post-racial style," by Catherine R. Squires (@catupnorth), author of The Post-Racial Mystique: Media and Race in the Twenty-First Century (NYU Press, 2014).
(Source: profkew, via knowledgeequalsblackpower)
What would New York City be like without elevators?
Andreas Bernard, author of Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator, offers three ways the elevator transformed the city’s social landscape.
(via New York Post)
Smart Talk: Dr. Joan Williams: What Works for Women at Work -
Dr. Williams and Rachel Dempsey discuss the different types of gender bias that exist in the work place and provide strategies to overcome them.
“The reason women ‘don’t ask’ is because they are not idiots.”—Joan C. Williams, author of What Works for Women at Work
This is one of the reasons…it’s so difficult to be a female executive…Everything you do is hyper-scrutinized. And you are…judged if you don’t put a particular social agenda—advancing women—incredibly high on your priority list in a way that men don’t have to. [Yahoo CEO Melissa] Mayer bans flexible work and we can’t stop talking. Men do this all the time and we just never hear about it. —
Joan C. Williams, author of What Works for Women at Work