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message 1: by Liz M (last edited Mar 03, 2012 05:09AM) (new)

Liz M 20.10 - Liz M's task - It's academic
Read a book whose author is currently a faculty member of a college or university (undergraduate or graduate).


message 2: by Liz M (last edited Feb 27, 2012 03:41AM) (new)


message 3: by Deedee (new)

Deedee | 1853 comments Do you mean:
E.L. Doctorow


message 4: by Connie (new)

Connie | 214 comments Jeffrey Eugenides teaches at Princeton.


message 5: by Christin (last edited Feb 27, 2012 11:42PM) (new)

Christin (lunaratu) | 267 comments Umberto Eco is a Professor of Semiotics at the University of Bologna - and he would also count for at least 20.7 (Internationally Acclaimed) ^_^


message 6: by Liz M (last edited Feb 28, 2012 04:31AM) (new)

Liz M Christin wrote: "Umberto Eco is a Professor of Semiotics at the University of Bologna - and he would also count for at least 20.7 (Internationally Acclaimed) ^_^"

For 20.7, the books must be on the linked list. I don't believe Eco is included.


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Liz M Rosemary wrote: "It doesn't have to be an American university for 20.10, does it? A university elsewhere in the world would be OK? ..."

Correct!


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Christin (lunaratu) | 267 comments Liz M wrote: "Christin wrote: "Umberto Eco is a Professor of Semiotics at the University of Bologna - and he would also count for at least 20.7 (Internationally Acclaimed) ^_^"

For 20.7, the books..."


Aw, that feels like an oversight somehow given how acclaimed his books are. However, The Name of the Rose would at least get points for 20.4 and 20.6 still


message 9: by Rebekah (last edited Mar 01, 2012 11:20AM) (new)

Rebekah (bekalynn) | 4228 comments Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.
Silas Houseis at Berea College in Kentucky but I don't know his official title


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Phoebe (phoebegilmore) | 158 comments A lot of (academic) non-fiction books would work with this, too.
Claiming combo points might not be that easy then, however.

e.g.: "The Essential Child" by Susan Gelman (University of Michigan, Department of Psychology)


message 11: by Ashley Campbell (last edited Mar 01, 2012 04:59AM) (new)

Ashley Campbell | 145 comments I will get a lot of points for this... I'm a graduate student.


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Rebekah (bekalynn) | 4228 comments Ashley wrote: "I will get a lot of points for this... I'm a graduate student."

Get as much out of it as you can! (smile)


message 13: by Rebekah (last edited Mar 01, 2012 11:37AM) (new)

Rebekah (bekalynn) | 4228 comments Ron Rash Western Carolina University
Ann Pancake Pacific Luthern University

Do Librarians count? Dean James (aka Miranda James, Jimmie Ruth Evans) Former Manager of "Murder by the Book" in Houston. Now Catalog and Metadata Librarian, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Dean James, Ph.D., M.S.L.S.

Elizabeth StroutShe teaches at the Master of Fine Arts program at Queens University of Charlotte She also has written 2 books with girls' names in the titles


message 14: by Liz M (new)

Liz M Rebekah wrote: "Do Librarians count? Dean James (aka Miranda James, Jimmie Ruth Evans) Former Manager of "Murder by the Book" in Houston. Now Catalog and Metadata Librarian, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Dean James, Ph.D., M.S.L.S. ..."

Unfortunately, no.


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Rebekah (bekalynn) | 4228 comments Elaine Pagels Professor of Religion at Princeton


message 16: by Rebekah (last edited Mar 01, 2012 02:51PM) (new)

Rebekah (bekalynn) | 4228 comments Current Faculty for the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop
Marilynne Robinson
James Alan McPherson


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Rebekah (bekalynn) | 4228 comments Glenda GuestShe teaches at Macquarie and Griffith Gold Coast universities.


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Joanna (walker) | 1364 comments Will a clinical professor count? Sylvia B. Rimm


Jayme(the ghost reader) (jaymeiltheghostreader) | 2261 comments Phoebe wrote: "A lot of (academic) non-fiction books would work with this, too.
Claiming combo points might not be that easy then, however.

e.g.: "The Essential Child" by Susan Gelman (University of Michigan, De..."


I have a bookclub I am in but it is also a class. I am reading some excerpts from different resources. If the pages from the resources equal 100 pages, can I use the excerpts for this task?

Also, I am reading some nonfiction books and I got them from my school library I work at. They can be used for academics so could I use those too?


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11853 comments Jayme, the book's author must be currently working as a professor. So, no, just getting books that are used in a class wouldn't necessarily work.


message 21: by Liz M (new)

Liz M Joanna wrote: "Will a clinical professor count? Sylvia B. Rimm"

Sure.


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Rebekah (bekalynn) | 4228 comments Liz M wrote: "For example, the following authors (among others) teach at NYU:


Zadie Smith
Aleksandar Hemon
Anne Carson
Mary Gaitskill
[author:Susan Ch..."


So does E L Doctorow count?


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11853 comments yes, see DeeDee's post #3


message 24: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary | 2825 comments Colm Tóibín is a professor at Princeton and the University of Manchester.


message 25: by Connie (last edited Mar 13, 2012 03:48AM) (new)

Connie | 214 comments I'm reading The World Book of Happiness - the author is more of an editor, and all texts inside are by researchers and scientists, most of whom teach at college or university level. Would this be acceptable?


message 26: by Liz M (new)

Liz M Connie wrote: "I'm reading The World Book of Happiness - the author is more of an editor, and all texts inside are by researchers and scientists, most of whom teach at college or university level...."

Unfortunately not. For anthologies I am going to use an all-or-nothing approach -- all the authors would need to be currently employed as professors.


message 27: by Connie (new)

Connie | 214 comments And there goes my incentive to ever finish it :)


message 28: by Liz M (new)

Liz M Connie wrote: "And there goes my incentive to ever finish it :)"

D'oh! Um, maybe you'll have trouble finding a square-peg book and this will be your only option?


message 29: by Connie (new)

Connie | 214 comments Nah, it's just not for me - so this is actually preferable, otherwise I would have been tempted to spend even more time with a book that I don't really enjoy reading.
And if that book about happiness has taught me anything, it's that life's too short for that. Well, that and people with a social life are happier - so I'll instead have a beer or two with some friends. :)


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Rebekah (bekalynn) | 4228 comments Would The First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower, an Intimate Portrait of the Women Who Shaped America by Feather Schwartz Foster work for this category, In the "about the author" section of the book it states "...she now lectures about 'old' First Ladies at adult education venues associated with the College of William and Mary and Christopher Newport University"


message 32: by Liz M (last edited Mar 22, 2012 12:35PM) (new)

Liz M Rebekah wrote: "Rebekah wrote: "Would The First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower, an Intimate Portrait of the Women Who Shaped America by Feather Schwartz Foster ..."

I am going to say no to this. The author isn't listed on the academic institution's website, as far as I can tell.

Sorry about the delay. Life got busy.


message 33: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah (bekalynn) | 4228 comments Truly understand about life getting busy! I wasn't sure if that was the case or it just got overlooked. I wanted to post it before this weekend of totaling scores. THANKS for doing all this for us! I recommend we double your salary! (smile)


message 34: by Deedee (new)

Deedee | 1853 comments I'm trying to figure out if Iris Murdoch counts for this task. At the site

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_Mur...

it says:

"In 1948, she became a fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford."

I'm American and I'm unsure what a "fellow" is. It sounds like a fellow of a college is a member of the faculty, payment optional, teaching duties optional???
I'm trying to figure out if a "fellow" is more like "has an honorary doctorate from" or is it more like "a non-teaching faculty member".
????????????????


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11853 comments A believe an Oxford fellow can be considered to have teaching privileges/duties. In the case of Iris Murdoch, though, it doesn't matter because the task requires the teaching status be current. Iris Murdoch died in 1999.


message 36: by Rosemary (last edited Apr 09, 2012 02:32PM) (new)

Rosemary | 2825 comments Just to confirm in case it comes up again - fellows of the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge universities certainly ARE teaching staff. It's a little complicated because of the college system, but they are approximately equivalent to what you would call professors in the US.

That is unless they are honorary fellows, then their teaching duties might be light or non-existent.

(from an Oxford resident and former university employee)


message 37: by Liz M (new)

Liz M Rosemary wrote: "Just to confirm in case it comes up again - fellows of the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge universities certainly ARE teaching staff. It's a little complicated because of the college system, but t..."

Thanks for the info!


message 38: by Christin (new)

Christin (lunaratu) | 267 comments Would Barry Unsworth be usable for the purposes of this challenge? Thanks!


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11853 comments Christin wrote: "Would Barry Unsworth be usable for the purposes of this challenge? Thanks!"

Christin, it looks like he has been a professor in the past, but I don't see that he is currently. Do you have a reference?


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Christin (lunaratu) | 267 comments Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Christin wrote: "Would Barry Unsworth be usable for the purposes of this challenge? Thanks!"

Christin, it looks like he has been a professor in the past, but I don't see that he is currently. Do ..."


That's where my question lies as it seems he works more like a sit-in Professor now (his last one was at Kenyon for creative writing according to Wikipedia) :-/


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11853 comments I think Liz has asked in the past for a link to the University or some specific reference, so I was hoping you had one, which would clarify it.


message 42: by Liz M (new)

Liz M Christin wrote: "Would Barry Unsworth be usable for the purposes of this challenge? Thanks!"

Unfortunately, I can't find anything that states he is currently a professor & therefore he does not qualify for this task.


message 43: by Christin (new)

Christin (lunaratu) | 267 comments Liz M wrote: "Christin wrote: "Would Barry Unsworth be usable for the purposes of this challenge? Thanks!"

Unfortunately, I can't find anything that states he is currently a professor & therefore he does not q..."


I was just coming here to say the same thing! lol I was looking around to see if I found anything further and since I couldn't find anything current then he probably doesn't qualify by rule of omission ^_^ Thanks for looking, I really appreciate your hard work!


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