Teter Published in Sixteenth Century Journal

Magda Teter, associate professor of history, associate professor of medieval studies, associate professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, is the co-author of “Out of the (Historiographic) Ghetto: Jews and the Reformation,” published in Sixteenth Century Journal 40 No. 2, pages 365-393 in 2009.

Dowdey’s Exhibit Catalog Published

The exhibit catalog for “Pearl of the Snowlands: Buddhist Printing from the Derge Parkhang” is now available. The catalog contains essays by Patrick Dowdey, Curator of Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Clifton Meador, and Yudru Tsomu as well as an extended photo essay by Clifton Meador who is a noted book artist.

Kottos, Ng ’08 Authors of Paper on Ultra-Cold Atoms

Tsampikos Kottos, assistant professor of physics, and physics and mathematics major Gim Seng Ng ’08 are co-authors of “Avalanches of Bose-Einstein condensates in leaking optical lattices,” published in New Journal of Physics, 11, 073045 in 2009. The paper is about novel properties of Bose-Einstein condensates (ultra-cold atoms) in open systems. This project constituted a large part of Ng’s senior honors thesis in physics.

Lensing Edits Book on Viennese Writer Peter Altenberg

Book edited by Leo Lensing.

Book edited by Leo Lensing.

Leo Lensing, chair and professor of German studies, professor of film studies, is the editor of the book, Peter Altenberg: The Self-Invention of a Poet. Letters and Documents 1892-1896, published by the Wallstein Verlag (Goettingen) in Germany.

The 210-page book, published in September, documents the beginning of the literary career of the Viennese writer Peter Altenberg (1859-1919).

The book received positive reviews in a Sept. 28 issue of The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, whose arts pages are the most prestigious in the German-speaking world.

Kottos Authors Article on Quantum Mechanical Systems

Tsampikos Kottos, assistant professor of physics, is the co-author of “Exponentially Fragile PT-Symmetry in lattices with Localized Eigenmodes,” published in Physical Review Letters 103,030,402 in 2009. The paper discusses the effects of disorder on a previously excluded class of quantum mechanical systems.

Lang Authors New Book on Holocaust

New book by Berel Lang.

New book by Berel Lang.

Berel Lang, visiting professor of letters, visiting professor of philosophy, is the author of the book Philosophical Witnessing: The Holocaust as Presence published by the University Press of New England, the fifth in a series of books by him on the Holocaust.

The 260-paged book brings the perspective of philosophical analysis to bear on issues related to the Holocaust. Setting out from a conception of philosophical “witnessing” that expands and illuminates the standard view of the witness, he confronts the question of what philosophy can add to the views of the Holocaust provided in other disciplines. Drawing on the philosophical areas of political theory, ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of history, he draws attention especially to the post-Holocaust emphasis on the concepts of genocide and “group rights.”

Lang’s study, which emphasizes the moral choices that now face post-Holocaust thought, inspires the reader to think of the Holocaust in new ways, showing how its continued presence in contemporary consciousness affects areas of thought and practice not directly associated with that event.

Slotkin Publishes Book on the Civil War’s Battle of the Crater

NO QUARTER JACKET ARTRichard Slotkin, the Olin Professor of English Emeritus, is the author of the book, No Quarter: The Battle of the Crater, 1864 published by Random House on July 21.

No Quarter is a dramatic recount of one of the Civil War’s most pivotal events — the Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864.

At first glance, the Union’s plan seemed brilliant. A regiment of miners would burrow beneath a Confederate fort, pack the tunnel with explosives, and blow a hole in the enemy lines. Then a specially trained division of African American infantry would spearhead a powerful assault to exploit the breach created by the explosion. Thus, in one decisive action, the Union would marshal its mastery of technology and resources, as well as demonstrate the superior morale generated by the Army of the Potomac’s embrace of emancipation. At stake

Barth, Bhandari ’08, MA ’09 Co-Author Article on Children’s Social Cognition

Keera Bhandari ’08, MA ’09 and Hilary Barth, assistant professor of psychology, are the authors of a new article on children’s social cognition. The article, based on Bhandari’s research project for her master’s degree in psychology, is titled “Show or tell: Testimony is sufficient to induce the curse of knowledge in three- and four-year-olds.” It will appear in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology in 2009.