Noam Chomsky, Imperial Ambitions: Conversations of the Post-9/11 World, Metropolitan Books, 2005. This volume of interviews conducted by award-winning radio journalist David Barsamain features Noam Chomsky discussing U.S. policies in the increasingly unstable post-9/11 world. Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor Emeritus and Professor of Linguistics.
Noam Chomsky, Failed States:
The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy, Metropolitan Books, 2006. The world's foremost critic of U.S. foreign policy exposes the hollow promises of democracy in U.S. actions abroad and at home.
James Schuyler, The Letters of James Schuyler to Frank O'Hara edited by William Corbett, Turtle Point Press, 2006. Schuyler and O'Hara, two of the first generation New York School poets, shared a Manhattan apartment off and on for a number of years. They were young poets making their way in NYC's art world. Schuyler's letters to O'Hara are sweet, gossipy, funny, and full of life. William Corbett is Director of Student Writing Activities for the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies.
Franklin M. Fisher, et al., eds., Liquid Assets: An Economic Approach for Water Management and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East and Beyond, RFF Press, 2005. Typically two or more parties with claim to the same water sources are thought to play a zero-sum game, with each side placing a high emotional and political value on the ownership of the water. By assigning an economic value to water and treating water as a tradable resource, parties see that the gains from cooperation exceed the costs resulting from the change in ownership. Franklin Fisher is Jane Berkowitz Carlton and Dennis William Carlton Professor Emeritus of Economics.
Joe Haldeman, War Stories, Night Shade Press, 2006. A 405-page collection of all Joe Haldeman's writings about Vietnam. It includes two complete novels, War Year and 1968, as well as seven short stories, two narrative poems, and three essays. Joe Haldeman is an Adjunct Professor of Fiction in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies.
Diana Henderson, ed., A Concise Companion to Shakespeare on Screen, Blackwell Publishing, 2006. A collection of essays presenting a multidisciplinary range of approaches to the multimedia subject of Shakespeare on screen, including contributions from MIT colleagues Peter Donaldson and William Uricchio as well as the editor (among other leading scholars). The contributors draw on the latest thinking in cultural studies, communications, and comparative media studies, as well as the practice of literary, theatrical, and filmic analysis, in order to push the field forward. Diana Henderson is Professor of Literature.
David Kaiser, ed., Pedagogy and
the Practice of Science: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, MIT Press, 2005. A collection of essays which examine how the training of scientists and engineers shapes their research and careers. Examples are drawn from a variety of cultural and political settings from the 19th and 20th centuries. David Kaiser is Associate Professor of the History of Science.
Kenneth Keniston and Deepak Kumar, eds., IT Experience in India: Bridging the Digital Divide, Sage Publications, 2004. A "digital divide" exists between the rich and the powerful who are part of the Information Age, and the poor and powerless, who are not. This book examines the historical, social, economic, and political aspects of the "digital divide" in India. Kenneth Keniston is Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Human Development in the Program in STS.
R.K. Bagga, Kenneth Keniston and Rohit Raj Mathur, eds., The State, IT and Development, Sage Publications, 2005. This volume discusses issues surrounding e-governance in India. Topics examined include: governance challenges and the pitfalls of ICT applications; citizen-centric governance; cyberlaws and their implementation; the role of ICT in combating corruption; technological and human readiness to make e-governance a reality; conceptualizing successful ICT projects for everyone; and ICT applications in agriculture and in harnessing social capital and ensuring financial returns.
Richard M. Bird, James M. Poterba, and Joel Slemrod, eds., Fiscal Reform in Colombia: Problems and Prospects, MIT Press, 2005. Colombia, once a model
of fiscal discipline for other Latin American nations, has seen its fiscal situation deteriorate since the early 1990s. This book focuses on three
key concerns: the sustainability of Colombia's fiscal situation, possible reforms to the national tax system,
and the fiscal relationship between the national and subnational governments. James M. Poterba is Mitsui Professor
of Economics and Head of Economics.
Richard J. Samuels, ed., Encyclopedia
of United States National Security, Sage Publications, 2005. A single, concise reference source to aid the student in providing accurate and informative answers to the many challenging questions of how, why, when, and where national security has evolved. This two-volume encyclopedia covers the origin, development, and results of all major national security policies over the last seven decades. Richard J. Samuels is Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies.
Susanne Kinnebrock and William Uricchio, eds., Media Cultures, Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag, 2006. Set against the backdrop of 9/11 and the war in Iraq, and positioned in the midst of a fast-changing media infrastructure, Media Cultures reflects upon the complicated interplay of media and culture at a particularly intense historical juncture. William Uricchio is Professor of Comparative Media Studies and Co-Director of Comparative Media Studies.
Jing Wang, Locating China: Space, Place, and Popular Culture, Routledge, 2005. Taking a multidisciplinary approach,
this volume examines the relationship between space and the production of local popular culture in contemporary China. Jing Wang is S.C. Fang Professor of Chinese Language and Culture and Foreign Languages and Literatures Section Head.