This year, the Pepperdine Libraries honored fifteen recently tenured faculty members with bookplates placed in the book of their choosing. Recently tenured faculty from Seaver College, Graziadio Business School, the School of Public Policy, and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology were invited to select a book and write a short description of how it has been influential in their personal or professional life, which was inserted inside the back cover of each book.
The books are currently on display on the first floor of Payson Library, and the faculty selections will be featured in social media posts in the coming weeks. Below is a full list of faculty participants, along with a brief excerpt from their statement.
Dr. Bert Ballard (Communications, Seaver College): Michael J. Hyde, The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment
“Hyde deftly and accessibly articulates how acknowledgment, the communicative act of making space for others in our lives, is as vital to life as air, food, and a beating heart.”
Dr. Gretchen Batcheller (Studio Art, Seaver College): Fired Up! Ready to Go!: Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity: An African American Life in Art. The Collections of Peggy Cooper Cafritz
“Prior to the 21st century, racially minoritized figures have rarely been a central focus in Art History texts. I have selected Fired Up! Ready to Go! because it is important for our students to see themselves reflected in the artists and artworks amassed in this incredible book.”
Dr. George Arthur Carlsen (Hispanic Studies, Seaver College): Chico Buarque, Budapest. Translation by Alison Entrekin.
“Anyone who has ever taken a foreign language class, gone on a study-abroad program, or attempted to learn a second language on their own will find their struggles reflected in the hilarious and unexpected journey that the protagonist takes from his life in Rio de Janeiro to a new one in Budapest.”
Dr. Lila McDowell Carlsen (Hispanic Studies, Seaver College): Isabel Allende, El amante japonés (The Japanese Lover)
“As an undergraduate, reading Allende’s fiction sparked my interest in Chilean literature and started my scholarly trajectory in the field of Hispanic literary studies. … The Japanese Lover is the story of how authentic human connection can transcend boundaries of race, religion, class, and culture.”
Dr. Carrie Castañeda-Sound (Psychology, Graduate School of Education and Psychology): Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza
“Borderlands/La Frontera provides a raw and complex analysis of identity for Chicanas living in the southwest United States.”
Dr. Sharyl Corrado (History, Seaver College): Jenny De Mayer, Adventures with God in Freedom and in Bond.
“I chanced upon this book about twenty years ago, and it has been significant to me personally, spiritually, and professionally. It is the memoir of a Russian noblewoman, Jenny de Mayer (1865-1948) who gave up her privileged place in St. Petersburg high society to serve as a nurse and missionary….”
Dr. Judy Ho (Psychology, Graduate School of Education and Psychology): Russ Harris, The Happiness Trap
“I highly recommend this book to my colleagues, clients, and friends who are looking to reduce stress and worry, handle painful feelings and thoughts more effectively, overcome insecurity and self-doubt, and pursue a truly rich and meaningful life.”
Dr. Matthew Joyner (Biochemistry, Seaver College): Raymond Cooper and Jeffrey John Deakin, Botanical Miracles: Chemistry of Plants that Changed the World
“This book is an excellent introduction to the subjects of chemistry and ethnobotany and will be enjoyed by anyone who is curious about the myriad ways that plant chemistry has shaped the development of the human race.”
Dr. Christina Littlefield (Journalism and Religion, Seaver College): Richard Hughes, Myths America Lives By
“Reading this book helps one understand America better and look at the nation with clearer eyes. It turned me on to the concept of civil religion, which I now study. It also showed me how history and sociology could not only explain the past, but the present.”
Dr. Elizabeth Krumrei Mancuso (Psychology, Seaver College): John Gottman, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
“Of the many strivings in life we put so much effort into, not many are as valuable and (hopefully) long lasting as a healthy marriage. It’s great to have such a practical resource for couples.”
Dr. Kelle Lyn Marshall (French, Seaver College): Annette Boudreau, À l’ombre de la langue légitime: L’Acadie dans la francophonie
“I had the great honor of being mentored by Annette Boudreau during my doctoral fieldwork in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada….This book represents the culmination of Boudreau’s research which is interwoven with personal account of her own journey from linguistic insecurity to enlightenment.”
Dr. Garrett Pendergraft (Philosophy, Seaver College): Alvin Plantinga, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism
“Some Christian students come to believe that they must reject some or all of the tenets of their Christian faith before they can affirm the results of contemporary science. This is unfortunate, because—as philosopher Alvin Plantinga argues in this book—there is actually a deep harmony between science and religion.”
Dr. Robert Shearer (Business Administration, Seaver College): Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel
“We often in our lives need to be reminded of the overwhelming, unconditional, relentless, intoxicating love that God has for us. We need to be reminded that God’s amazing grace is a gift, one that we need only accept. Manning’s The Ragamuffin Gospel reminds me. I hope it does you as well.”
Dr. David Simonowitz (Middle East Studies, Seaver College): José Miguel Puerta Vílchez, Reading the Alhambra: A visual guide to the Alhambra through its inscriptions
“Vilchez’s compact volume reflects the fruits of painstaking archeological labor, art historical theory, and intense literary and epigraphic research at the site. An invaluable reference, it allows both the trained and the neophyte to appreciate the monument from perspectives heretofore overlooked by most visitors.”
Dr. Mark Tribbitt (Strategic Management, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School): Chip Heath and Dan Heath, Made to Stick
“As a scholar, much of my research focuses on innovation, which begins with the interpretation and development of new ideas. As a teacher, I believe that this skill can indeed be learned and Chip Heath and Dan Heath develop a very practical model for effectively delivering ideas.”
See our previous post about the Faculty Bookplate Program.
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