The Mega-Corporation Next Door
Democracy’s Double-Edged Sword: How Internet Use Changes Citizens’ Views of Their Government (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)
Catie Snow Bailard
The sort of attention that has addressed how the Internet facilitates political protests hasn’t focused on the extent to which the web makes its users want to act politically to begin with, writes Dr. Bailard, an assistant professor of media and public affairs. After analyzing the Internet’s “mirror-holding” and “window-opening” properties, she writes that the web “meaningfully alters not only the quality and range of information but also the criteria through which individuals evaluate their governments.”
Northern Men With Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis (Cornell University Press, 2014)
Michael Todd Landis, PhD ’11
It simply won’t do any longer to think of the Civil War in terms of a clean break between the North and the South over slavery, writes Dr. Landis, an assistant history professor at Tarleton State University in Texas. Among the Northern Democratic leadership in the 1850s were “doughfaces,” who at once sought to please the party’s Southern bosses and to purge its ranks of anti-slavery members. They were, Dr. Landis observes, “anti-democratic to the core.”
Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana
William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh
The recent warming of U.S.-Cuba relations may seem like a complete policy reversal, but “every president since Eisenhower has engaged in some form of dialogue with Castro and his representatives,” write Dr. LeoGrande and Mr. Kornbluh, a senior analyst at GW’s National Security Archive. One hushed meeting between Washington and Havana even took place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, they write in their book, which draws upon a trove of declassified documents.
(University of North Carolina Press, 2015)
The Cruiser: A Dan Lenson Novel
David Poyer, MA ’86
In this novel, the 14th in a series that follows fictional GW alumnus and Naval Capt. Dan Lenson, real GW alumnus and retired Naval officer Mr. Poyer sends the hero on a clean-up mission after a warship with some valuable—and highly classified—cargo runs aground off the Italian coast.
(St. Martin’s Press, 2014)
Constructive Illusions: Misperceiving the Origins of International Cooperation
Challenging the idea that diplomacy might be best when parties truly understand one another, Dr. Grynaviski, an assistant professor of political science and international affairs, writes that cooperation often is likeliest when nations erroneously feel they have much in common.
(Cornell University Press, 2014)
Narcissism and Politics: Dreams of Glory
Jerrold M. Post
Narcissus, of Greek mythological notoriety for falling fatally in love with his own reflection, epitomizes the Facebook-addicted “me generation.” The “apparent epidemic of narcissism” doesn’t infect all politicians, writes Dr. Post, GW professor of political psychology, but the “arena of public service and its limelight is particularly attractive, indeed irresistible, to individuals with narcissistic propensities.”
(Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Other Summer News
A pair of politicos reconnect on the air, Eric Cantor appears at GW's Wall Street Symposium and more.
Laverne Cox, Rick Santorum, five top CEOs and more.
One for the Birds
It was a surprise to find four graduation hoods and a spiffy Stetson top hat in a box described as "cap and gown of Frank Alexander Wetmore."
5 Questions on Slam Poetry
Elizabeth Acevedo, BA '10, one of the 2014 National Poetry Slam champions, mixes poetry and performance to explore life and identity as a Dominican woman and first-generation American.
Create Your Own Poetry
Poetry can be anything. An exhibit at GW's Brady Gallery had visitors create "found poems" by redacting, reordering, refashioning or colorizing a canvas of words made from a few pages of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Stitch by Stitch
Aspiring costume makers in the Department of Theatre and Dance sketch, stitch and style in GW's costume shop.
Square Dancing With a 3-D Printer
When the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design unveiled its end-of-the-year thesis exhibition this spring, a group of little plastic dragons celebrated the opening with more revelry than anyone in the gallery.