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Because of a Great Longing

Robert Renard ’78
Because of a Great Longing

Robert Renard’s debut poetry collection sprang from a poem he wrote for his wife at their wedding. Then he wrote a few more – and soon, he brought to life an entire collection of verses reflecting on his life and relationships. A licensed clinical social worker based in Ventura, California, Renard is dedicated to combining spirituality and compassion in his professional and personal relationships.

Tandem Leadership: How your #2 can make you #1

Gina Catalano `83
Tandem Leadership: How your #2 can make you #1

Learn the Tandem Leadership process through the eyes of Marcus Kinsey, a fictional entrepreneur of a fast-growing company. Gina Catalano weaves lessons about how a successful CEO and COO can work together to drive a company’s value and success. Catalano is the founder of Venture Solutions, a consulting and coaching company offering innovative strategies for small companies and their leaders.

Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo

Mitchel P. Roth MA `87, Ph.D. `93
Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo

From 1931 to 1986, the nation’s first prison rodeo drew 30,000 spectators on October Sundays. Through extensive archival research, Dr. Mitchel P. Roth introduces readers to the convict cowboys performing in the arena and their life behind prison walls, giving voice to inmates who risked life and limb for a few dollars and the applause of crowds from “the free world outside.”

Stories of Civil War in El Salvador: A Battle Over Memory

Erik Ching MA `92, Ph.D. `97
Stories of Civil War in El Salvador: A Battle Over Memory

Dr. Erik Ching examines El Salvador’s life-story literature written in the aftermath of twelve years of bloody civil war. Stories of Civil War in El Salvador is a book about how different “memory communities” chronicle the war and what it means for El Salvador’s society today. A professor of history at Furman University, Ching is the author of several books, including Authoritarian El Salvador: Politics and the Making of the Military Regimes, 1880-1940.

Beyond the Nasca Lines: Ancient Life at La Tiza in the Peruvian Desert

Christina Conlee MA `96, Ph.D. `00
Beyond the Nasca Lines: Ancient Life at La Tiza in the Peruvian Desert

Inhabited for over 5,000 years before the Europeans arrived, the site of La Tiza in the Peruvian Desert provides an unprecedented opportunity to examine the complexities of ancient society. In Beyond the Nasca Lines, Dr. Christina Conlee documents the rise and fall of the Nasca culture in the region from data she obtained from directing a multi-year excavation at the site. Conlee’s book provides insights on the development of long-lasting civilizations and how political integration, religious practices, economics and the environment shaped societal changes.

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