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Is Solar the Solution to Alternative Energy Search?

Solar power has long held the potential to solve our fossil fuel dilemma. Is the technology ready to shine? In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, GW Solar Institute Director Amit Ronen discusses the past, present, and future of solar power as a clean energy alternative.

March 2014
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Understanding the Price of Freedom

In his Dean’s Scholars in Globalization history seminar on the Normandy campaign, Tom Long transports students into the lives of D-Day’s fallen soldiers. The class culminates in an emotional pilgrimage to their French gravesites. Long's students are calling the experience ‘life-changing.’

April 2014
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Silenced By the Sea

For centuries, the legacy of sunken slave ships has been lost at the bottom of the ocean. Now, Stephen Lubkemann is part of an historic collaboration between African and American cultural institutions, and a team of international maritime archeologists trying to raise these stories from the deep.

April 2014
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Meet the New Columbian College Dean

The Breadth and Depth of the Arts and Sciences


The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is a catalyst for the study and advancement of a wide spectrum of artistic, social, and scientific imperatives in the heart of the nation's capital. Established in 1821, the College is the oldest and largest of GW's academic units, encompassing:


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Recent Faculty Books


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    Eros and Sexuality in Islamic Art

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    Analyzing Art and Aesthetics - "Mercurial Pigments and the Alchemy of John Singleton Copley's 'Watson and the Shark'"

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    Jan van Eyck and Portugal's "Illustrious Generation": Volume I

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    The American Revolution Reader

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    From Foreclosure to Fair Lending

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    The Gamble

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    Every Rock a Universe

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    Attachment in Group Psychotherapy

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    Trading Tongues: Merchants, Multilingualism, and Medieval Literature

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    Religion, Politics, and Polarization

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    Bas Jan Ader: Death is Elsewhere

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    The Handbook of Global Health Communication

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    Megiddo V—The 2004-2008 Seasons

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    The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction

Eros and Sexuality in Islamic Art

Mika Natif, Assistant Professor of Art History, co-edited Eros and Sexuality in Islamic Art. This volume fills a gap in the field of Islamic art history by shedding light on the topics of eroticism and sexuality in the visual production of the medieval and early modern Muslim world. Preexisting ideas about erotic motifs in Islamic visual arts are challenged by rigorous contextual and cultural analyses provided in the book.


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Analyzing Art and Aesthetics - "Mercurial Pigments and the Alchemy of John Singleton Copley's 'Watson and the Shark'"

David Bjelajac, Professor of Art History and American Studies, authored the chapter "Mercurial Pigments and the Alchemy of John Singleton Copley's Watson and the Shark" in Analyzing Art and Aesthetics. In the chapter, Bjelajac intricately explores Freemasonry and the alchemy of Anglo-American painting through close examination of the materials and visual properties of the paintings of John Singleton Copley.


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Jan van Eyck and Portugal's "Illustrious Generation": Volume I

Professor of Art History Barbara von Barghahn authored Jan van Eyck and Portugal's "Illustrious Generation": Volume I exploring Jan van Eyck's patronage by the Crown of Portugal and his role as a diplomat-painter for the Duchy of Burgundy following his first voyage to Lisbon in 1428-1429. Von Barghahn provides analysis of new portrait identifications with regard to King Joao I's conquest of Ceuta, achieved by his sons who were hailed as an "illustrious generation." A second "secret mission" to Portugal in 1437 by Jan van Eyck is also explored by von Barghahn. With this insight, it becomes clear the most significant artist of Renaissance Flanders was patronized by both the House of Avis and Duchy of Burgundy.


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The American Revolution Reader

Assistant Professor of History Denver Brunsman and Professor of History David Silverman co-edited The American Revolution Reader. The book contains a collection of essays on the American Revolution through the presidency of George Washington. The articles explore topics ranging from life in the colonies to political and ideological reasoning for the revolution, and the roles of women, African Americans and Native Americans during the period. 


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From Foreclosure to Fair Lending

Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Public Administration Gregory Squires co-edited From Foreclosure to Fair Lending: Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy, and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit. The book addresses new opportunities and the many challenges that remain in fair housing and fair lending through the accounts of activists, organizers, and scholars. These experts also look forward to determine the best direction for future action in the advocacy and achievement of justice in housing in lending.


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The Gamble

Professor of Political Science John Sides and University of California, Los Angeles Professor Lynn Vavreck combine detailed quantitative data from the 2012 presidential election with social science and campaign reporting to provide a unique and precise picture of the election in The Gamble. The book stands out with unparalleled attention to the interplay of political strategy and chance circumstances.


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Every Rock a Universe

Jonathan Chaves, Professor of Chinese, presents the first complete Western language translation of Qing dynasty poet Wang Hongdu's writings about the Yellow Mountains in Every Rock a Universe: The Yellow Mountains and Chinese Travel Writing. Chaves explores the history of scholarly and religious pilgrimage to the mountains in China's Anhui province, renowned for their scenic beauty and inspiration, before presenting a complete English translation, with extensive annotations, of Wang's newly rediscovered travel writings. The writings show Hongdu to be one of the most accomplished poets of his day during a period of cultural renaissance in China. 


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Attachment in Group Psychotherapy

Cheri Marmarosh, Professor of Clinical Psychology, is the co-author of Attachment in Group Psychotherapy. The book applies attachment theory to group psychotherapy by explaining how group therapists can effectively work with members of different attachment styles. The chapters provide clinical guidance and case examples for numerous aspects of group therapy to help readers understand the needs of each group member and help move them toward positive change.


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Trading Tongues: Merchants, Multilingualism, and Medieval Literature

Professor of English Jonathan Hsy offers fresh approaches to the multilingualism of major early English authors like Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, William Caxton, and lesser-known figures like French lyricist Charles d’Orléans in his study, Trading Tongues: Merchants, Multilingualism, and Medieval Literature.


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Religion, Politics, and Polarization

In Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict Is Changing Congress and American Democracy, Professor of Sociology and of Public Policy and Public Administration Steven Tuch, William D'Antonio, and Josiah R. Baker trace the confluence of religion and party in the U.S. Congress over time. Drawing on forty years of congressional roll call votes as well as public opinion survey data, the book argues that the ideologies of both the Democratic and Republican parties are grounded in religious values and beliefs that strongly influence the voting patterns of party members.


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Bas Jan Ader: Death is Elsewhere

Alexander Dumbadze, Professor of Art History, authored Bas Jan Ader: Death is Elsewhere on the art and life of the enigmatic contemporary artist. Dumbadze looks closely at Ader's engagement with questions of free will and his ultimate success in creating art untainted by mediation in the first in-depth study of this artist who has gained legendary status with the literal will to die for his art.


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The Handbook of Global Health Communication

Silvio Waisbord, professor of Media and Public Affairs, is co-editor of The Handbook of Global Health Communication. Waisbord and Obregon offer a comprehensive analysis of the role of communication in global public health bringing together 32 contributions from the field to address a wide range of approaches in current health programs.


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Megiddo V—The 2004-2008 Seasons

Eric Cline, Chair of the Department of Classical & Near Eastern Language & Civilizations and Professor of Classics and Anthropology, is co-editor of the three-volume final report, Megiddo V—The 2004-2008 Seasons. In the set, finds of the 2004-2008 seasons from the Megiddo Expedition are reported with topics including the Late Bronze II–III, Iron I, and Iron IIA pottery of Megiddo, and a final account of the Early Bronze Age cultic compound.


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The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction

 In The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction, Eric Cline, Chair of the Department of Classical & Near Eastern Language & Civilizations and Professor of Classics and Anthropology brings together evidence of the Trojan War from archaeology, Hittite texts, and Greek legend to investigate the truth about the infamous war so prominent in American pop culture. Cline offers a concise, yet original perspective on the actuality of the war examining the numerous events that may have been the basis for the Greek poet Homer's timeless epic.

 

 


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