This issue of the Davidson Journal chronicles much that is new, from fledgling nuthatch research, an Environmental Studies major taking firm root and dance joining the curriculum, to a record-breaking year in fundraising, exceptional alumni largesse, a Wildcat mascot makeover, and Wildcat-in-chief Tom Ross’s new job. Through it all, faculty and alumni alike carry forward the college’s mission of exploring the life of the mind. What’s on your bookshelf?


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Perspectives on Structure and Mechanism in Organic Chemistry, by Joseph R. Morton Professor of Chemistry Felix Carroll (2010, John Wiley & Sons). The second edition of Carroll’s definitive text, which goes beyond traditional chemistry instruction to explore new ways of teaching students to think about organic chemistry, particularly in terms of complementary conceptual models.

A Voltaire for Russia: A.P. Sumarokov’s Journey from Poet-Critic to Russian Philosophe, by Associate Professor of Russian Amanda Ewington (2010 Northwestern University Press). An academic biography of the Russian poet and playwright that provides a reconsideration of his literary models.

The Battle of Marathon, by W. R. Grey Professor of Classics and Professor of History Peter Krentz (2010, Yale University). A military history, an evidence-based elegy and illustration of one of history’s greatest battles. “His reconstruction is painstaking and often magical,” said one reviewer.

Paintings in Tamil Nadu: A History, by Professor of History and Director of South Asian Studies Job Thomas (2010, Oxygen Books). A study of paintings from the long and continuous painting tradition of Tamil Nadu, by a native of the region whose first job was assistant curator of the National Art Gallery, Madras.

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He Was Called: A Biography of George Donnell Davidson, by Don Davidson, Jr. ’39 (2009, Warren Wilson College). A biography of the namesake of the G.D. Davidson Roundtable Endowment Fund at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, N.C.

The Life and Thought of Henry Nelson Wieman (1884–1975): An American Philosopher, by W. Creighton Peden III ’57 (2010, The Edwin Mellen Press). A biography of Henry Nelson Wieman, philosopher of religion and faculty member of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

Seminole Voices: Reflections of Their Changing Society, 1970–2000, by Julian M. Pleasants ’60 and Harry A. Kersey, Jr. (2010, University of Nebraska Press). An analysis of the Seminole tribe’s evolution through different social and economic climates.

Margarita Cat: Sketches of the Cruising Life, by Bruce Van Sant ’60 (2010, self-published). A collection of logs, letters, and stories from 40 years at sea, aboard sailboats, and four different continents.

Pilgrims, by Ken Autrey ’67 (2010, Main Street Rag Publishing Company). A collection of poems by Autrey, professor of English at Francis Marion University.

Managing Change with Personal Resilience: 21 Keys for Bouncing Back and Staying on Top in Turbulent Organizations, by Linda L. Hoopes ’81 and Mark Kelly (2004, MK Books). Provides resources to help workers adapt and succeed in a changing workplace.

Succeeding in Organic Chemistry: A Systematic Problem-Solving Approach to Mastering Structure, Function, and Mechanism, by Joseph C. Sloop ’83 (2010, AuthorHouse). A resource providing learning strategies for students studying the vast subject of Organic Chemistry.

Real Life With Celiac Disease: Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten Free, by Melinda Dennis ’87 and Daniel A. Leffler (2010, ADA Press). A guide for those living with celiac disease, diagnosed or not, and help with problems related to gluten-related disorders.

Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work: Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT, by Paul Marciano ’88. (2010, McGraw Hill). A guide for companies or businesses to decrease turnover and increase employee efficiency.

EPowerment: Achieving Empowerment in the E World, by Izzy Justice ’90 (2010, iUniverse, Inc.). Tactics for people to achieve empowerment in the dynamic and fast-changing workplaces of the “new normal.”

Engaging College Men: Discovering What Works and Why, edited by Gar Kellom and Miles Groth (2010, Men’s Studies Press). A collection of essays by college and high school mentors, with a chapter on a Lilly Foundation initiative at Davidson, “Road-Tripping: The Male Initiative Project at Davidson College,” by college Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations Karen Martin.

Add Yourself to the Shelf!

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Box 7171, Davidson College

Davidson, NC 28035-7171.


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