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Getting a fix on complexity

Behavioral economist Sendhil Mullainathan adds psychological quirks and foibles to rational economic models

Biting the hand that feeds it

Spotlight on the Center for International Studies

Beyond the dramatic norm

World theater takes center stage at the MIT Theater Arts Program

A cut above

Kudos to exemplary SHASS staff

The democratizing quotient

The Shakespeare Project leads the humanities into the digital universe


New faculty

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Jeanne Shapiro Bamberger Developing Music Intuitions: A Project Based Introduction to Making and Understanding Music. Oxford University Press, 2000. Enables students with little formal music training to discover their musical intuitions by making music. Jeanne Bamberger is professor of music.

Olivier Blanchard Monitoring the European Central Bank: Defining a Macroeconomic Framework for the Euro Area, with Alberto Alesina, Jordi Gali, Francesco Giavazzi, and Harald Uhlig, Center for Economic Policy Research, 2001. A report on the new European Central Bank after two years in operation. Olivier Blanchard is the head of the Economics Department and Class of 1941 Professor of Economics.

Alexander Byrne, Robert Stalnaker, and Ralph Wedgwood, eds., Fact and Value: Essays on Ethics and Metaphysics for Judith Jarvis Thomson. MIT Press, 2001. A collection of papers on diverse philosophical topics by friends, colleagues, and former students of Professor Thomson. Alexander Byrne is associate professor of philosophy. Robert Stalnaker is Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy. Ralph Wedgwood is associate professor of philosophy.

Noam Chomsky New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind. Cambridge University Press, 2000. Essays in language, cognitive science, and philosophy of mind. Nature and Language, University of Siena Press, 2000. Galileo Lecture, language and the brain, and current developments in linguistic theory. Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs. South End Press, 2000. Essays on human rights, foreign policy, social, and economic issues. The Architecture of Language. Oxford University Press, 2000. Lectures on contemporary linguistics (New Delhi). A New Generation Draws the Line. Verso, 2000. Humanitarian intervention: East Timor, Kosovo, and other contemporary examples. Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor of Linguistics.

Jill Conway, Kenneth Keniston, and Leo Marx, eds., Earth, Air, Fire, Water: Humanistic Studies of the Environment. University of Massachusetts Press, 2000. Seeks to redirect thinking about environmental issues by locating them in human behavior. Jill Conway is visiting professor of the history of women. Kenneth Keniston is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Human Development. Leo Marx is William R. Kenan Professor Emeritus of American Cultural History.

Paul L. Joskow, ed. Economic Regulation: Critical Ideas in Economics. Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 2000. Articles covering the political economy of regulation, efficient pricing for regulated firms, incentive regulation, empirical effects of economic regulation, and network access pricing for competitive entrants. Paul Joskow is Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics and Management.

Michael Kenstowicz, ed. Ken Hale: A Life in Language. MIT Press 2001. A festschrift for Hale, including an appreciation by Jay Keyser, 12 chapters by his MIT colleagues, and a list of Hale's publications 1958–2000. Michael Kenstowicz is professor of linguistics.

David Pesetsky Phrasal Movement and its Kin. MIT Press, 2000. Argues that three distinct relations can hold between positions in a sentence, explaining diverse phenomena in syntax and semantics. David Pesetsky is the Ferrari P. Ward Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics.

Irving Singer George Santayana, Literary Philosopher. Yale University Press, 2000. Examines the humanistic aspects of Santayana's work. Reality Transformed: Film as Meaning and Technique. MIT Press, 2000. A new approach to the aesthetics and ontology of film. Feeling and Imagination: The Vibrant Flux of Our Existence. Rowman & Littlefield, 2001. Sequel to The Harmony of Nature and Spirit, volume 3 of Singer's Meaning in Life trilogy. Sex: A Philosophical Primer. Rowman & Littlefield, 2001. A philosophical study of the nature and evaluation of human sexuality in relation to problems in ethics, aesthetics, and phenomenology. Irving Singer is professor of philosophy.

Susan Slyomovics and Suad Joseph, eds. Women and Power in the Middle East. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001. Essays analyzing the social, political, economic and cultural forces shaping gender relations in the Middle East and North Africa. Susan Slyomovics is Geneviúve McMillan-Reba Stewart Professor of the Study of Women in the Developing World and professor of anthropology.

Peter Temin, ed. Engines of Enterprise: An Economic History of New England. Harvard University Press, 2000. Essays by eminent historians and economists describing how colonial New Englanders turned to the sea, built an empire and developed the region as the earliest home of the textile industry. Peter Temin is Elisha Gray II Professor of Economics.

Judith Jarvis Thomson Goodness and Advice. Princeton University Press, 2001. A study of the structure of any acceptable theory of what a person ought to do, and the ways that what a person ought to do connects with what is good for the person to do. Judith Jarvis Thomson is professor of philosophy.



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