SUMMER 2009
Vol. 40, No. 1
FEATURES
Table of Contents
 
  Arts & Lectures: Celebrating 50 Years of Culture By Elizabeth Werhane
  Sticky K: Recent Alum Launches Career as Music Producer By Elisabeth Best ’09
  Tiny Diamonds on Santa Rosa Island Suggest Cosmic Impact By Gail Gallessich, Public Affairs
 
DEPARTMENTS
  Research Roundup:
Study Targets Alzheimer’s Disease
  Around Storke Tower:
News & Notes From the Campus
  Sports Roundup:
UCSB Athletics Gets NCAA Certification
  Alumni Authors:
Surfing, Self-Help, and Culture
  Milestones:
’50s to the Present
  UCSB Alumni Association Annual Meeting Minutes
   
COVER
  Astronaut Joseph Acaba ’90, STS-119 mission specialist, work with the robotic arm during the March 23, 2009, spacewalk, which was the mission's third scheduled session of extravehicular activity as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station.

Credit: NASA
 
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Capital Letters: Authorship in the Antebellum Literary Market - David Dowling ’89 - University of Iowa Press
Carlos Monsivaís: Culture and Chronicle in Contemporary Mexico - Linda Egan (’93) - Vanderbilt University Press
Wising Up: Life Without Regrets - Hal Milton ’58 - AuthorHouse
Looking for Mexico: Modern Visual Culture and National Identity - John Mraz (’75) - Duke University Press
The God Patent - Ransom Stephens, Ph.D. ’90 - scribd.com
Capital Letters: Authorship in the Antebellum Literary Market - David Dowling ’89 - University of Iowa Press

Dowling’s assessment of antebellum authors of the likes of Herman Melville and Henry David Through studies the influence of commercialism on a writer’s worth. While the 1840s to 1860s felt the pull of materialism and free market systems, the literary realm experienced a loss of sentimental value. Dowling, in his trans-historical critique, evaluates these author’s coping patterns and their influences on the literary world at present.
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Carlos Monsivaís: Culture and Chronicle in Contemporary Mexico - Linda Egan (’93) - Vanderbilt University Press

In her latest book, Egan examines the work of one of Mexico’s most popular writers through a dual critique of Monsiv as a journalist and theorist as well as an author. Although Monsiv’s work has been largely unknown to American readers, Egan presents a comprehensive study of his role as a social reformer and the impact of his work on the cultural and political makeup of the country. Egan’s book is the first English-language analysis of Monsiv’s work and the impact in modern day Mexico.
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Wising Up: Life Without Regrets - Hal Milton ’58 - AuthorHouse

Milton’s book appeals to a broad audience with a mixture of personal experience, stories, and advice on how to improve the quality of life. Wising Up provides instruction on the path to self-discovery and the importance of consciousness and attentiveness to everyday life. A mixture of spiritual and practical approaches to living life without regrets, Milton offers readers a sense of hope and motivation for living a fully satisfying life in today’s reality. The author’s background includes experience in education, coaching, and business. He is also the author of another book titled, Going Public: A Practical Guide o Developing Personal Charisma.
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Looking for Mexico: Modern Visual Culture and National Identity - John Mraz (’75) - Duke University Press

In Looking for Mexico Mraz presents readers with an examination of Mexico’s visual culture from the U.S. invasion of 1847 to the present. Mraz discusses the work of photographers such as Guillermo Kahlo, Hugo Brehme, and Tina Modotti as well as the new photojournalists, and looks at how photographs were distributed through cartes-de-visite, postcards and illustrated magazines. Mraz also analyzes film portrayals from the Mexican Revolution in comparison to later movies, and discusses the gender archetypes embodied in these works. Mraz’s book not only discusses the country’s visual culture, but looks at its relationship to Mexico’s national identity.

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The God Patent - Ransom Stephens, Ph.D. ’90 - scribd.com

Stephen’s novel features a laid-off engineer who gets caught between science and religion. The author uses his background in science to fuse quantum physics and scientific principles with religion.

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