News Archives, November-December, 2009

Jossey-Bass: New Books: Change Philanthropy and Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times

[Untitled]Change Philanthropy: Candid Stories of Foundations Maximizing Results Through Social Justice by Alicia Epstein Korten published by Jossey-Bass in 2009. This book is a critical contribution to the debate about the role of philanthropy at time of global economic turmoil, declining foundation assets, and increasing need and suffering in the U.S. and around the world. Philanthropy has a critical role to play in supporting grantees as they move social change forward. This title is the timely entry in a debate about how philanthropy can address the challenges of our times and represents the effort to show the power of moving beyond alleviating symptoms of inequality to aiming funding at changing the underlying structural arrangements that result in those symptoms. Author Alicia Epstein Korten is CEO of ReNual LLC, a consulting firm that supports foundations.
Home - NeoPopRealism JournalReliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times: What Good Causes Need to Know to Survive and Thrive by Kim Klein published by Jossey-Bass in 2009. This title offers social justice nonprofits a road map for meeting the challenges of fundraising in time of economic uncertainty. The author outlines the steps an organizations need to make to create a disciplined and systematic fundraising program. and explores fundraising from the point of view development. Kim Klein is an important figure in the field of fundraising, author and practitioner.

Seven Stories Press: Voices Of A People's History Of The United States

Voices Of A People's History Of The United StatesVoices Of A People’s History Of The United States by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove published by Seven Stories Press in 2009. A source book for the documentary film The People Speak, this 2nd edition introduces four new voices: Camilo Mejia, the 1st U.S. soldier serving in Iraq to go public with his refusal to continue fighting the war; Cindy Sheehan, whose son casey was killed in action in Iraq, and whose speeches galvanized sentiment against the occupation of Iraq; Kevin Tillman, whose brother Pat, a former NFL player, was killed in Afghanistan in case of “friendly fire”; and twelve-year-old Evann Orleck-Jetter, who testified before a 2009 public hearing of the Joint Senate and House Judiciary Committee in Vermont in support of equal rights for gay and lesbian families.
Historian, author, and activist Howard Zinn affirms the power of the people to influence the course of events. Anthony Arnove is an editor, author and co-author.

Cooking With the Most Exciting Chef in America

[Untitled]How To Roast A Lamb: New Greek Classic Cooking by Michael Psilakis published by Little, Brown and Company in 2009. Michael Psilakis has made a career out of straddling two worlds - staying true to the spirit of traditional Greek cooking while exhibiting an American verve for breaking boundaries.
This book is a collection of recipes and reminiscences. The stories reflect on memories, insights, and emotions. They illuminate the years that would stand as the building blocks for Michael’s growth from boy to man, and ultimately to chef. Michael Psilakis invites the reader into his soul as a chef; he created a book of soulfully integrated chapters… In this title, he brings together Mediterranean ingredients and contemporary American techniques and ideas. Today, Michael is one of the most exciting chefs in America.

For Your Thanksgiving Table: 65 Chocolate Recipes From Max Brenner

CHOCOLATEChocolate: A Love Story: 65 Chocolate Dessert Recipes From Max Brenner’s Private Collection published by Little, Brown and Co. in 2009. Max Brenner always wanted to be a writer. More than 10 years have passed since
he started looking for an inspiration. Also, he has been making chocolate for more than 10 years, and he without noticing it, found himself telling its story: something about himself, longings, the romance. In 1996 he opened his first chocolate workshop. A child’s dream of a fantastic chocolate party inspired Max’s famous Chocolate Pizza, then appeared famous Chocolate by Bald Man restaurants… This title includes 65 chocolate recipes for every occasion and illustrated by photographs and original artwork by Yonatan Factor.
A Quilter? Then This Is For You!

C&T Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of the first ever Quick & Easy Quilt Block Tool iPhone/iPod Touch application for quilters.
Being the first publisher to offer a complete quiltmaking application for the iPhone reaffirms C&T's mission to be an industry leader by providing exceptional content in as many consumable formats as possible. Available for $3.99 on the iTunes App Store, the Quick & Easy Quilt Block Tool is a not-to-be-missed innovation for crafters everywhere. Not only is it a convenience for seasoned quilters, but it's also an exciting new way for non-quilters to get started.

MIT Press: 400 Years Later: Michael of Rhodes

[Untitled]The Book of Michel of Rhodes, A Fifteenth-Century Maritime Manuscript (Three volumes) edited by Pamela O. Long, David McGee, and Alan M. Stahl published by MIT Press in 2009..
Volume I: Facsimile edited by David McGee. In the 15th century, Michael of Rhodes, a Venetian mariner wrote and illustrated a text where he described his experiences in the Venetian merchant and military fleets. This manuscript, unknown for 400 years, has never been published until now. Volume 1st is a facsimile of the manuscript, reproduced in full color. The text is written by hand and illustrated probably by Michael of Rhodes. This volume includes color diagrams, illustrations of naval architecture, extensive displays of mathematical calculations, original drawings of astrological signs, and much more. David McGee is an independent scholar, working with the Canadian Science and Technology Museum. He is a co-director of the Michael of Rhodes project.
Michael of Rhodes, MIT PressVolume 2: Transcription and Translation edited by Alan M. Stahl, transcription by Franco Rossi, translation by Alan M. Stahl. This volume contains a transcription of the handwritten text in the medieval Venetian dialect of Italian and its translation into modern English. Michael of Rhodes book includes the first extant treatise on naval architecture, a 200-page treatise on mathematics in the tradition of medieval and Renaissance abbacus manuscripts, text on navigation including portolans, and autobiographical service record. Alan M. Stahl is a medieval historian specializing in Venice; he is a curator of Numismatics at Princeton University. He is a co-director on the Michael of Rhodes project.
Volume 3: Studies edited by Pamela O. Long. In this volume, 9 experts, including the editors, discuss the manuscript, its historical context, and its scholarly importance. The essays examine the Venetian maritime world of 15th century, Michael of Rhodes life, the discovery of the manuscript, the mathematics in the book, its use of illustration, and much more. Pamela O. Long is an independent historian who has published widely in medieval and renaissance history of science and technology...

Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College Chicago

Dis/Believer gives focus to contemporary artists who engage in ideas and moments when science and religion intersect. The concept is inspired by the ever-deepening conflict surrounding the reconciliation of scientific theory and spiritual faith, due to an explosive rebirth of religious fundamentalism and rivaling exponential discoveries in science. Debates on the compatibility of the natural and supernatural are raging in many forms of media and often feature scientist versus theologian, fundamentalist against atheist, and evolutionist opposed to creationist. The resulting dialogue is illuminating, divisive and exhilarating. 

Visual artists are grappling with this concern and expanding the discourse in provocative and enlightening directions. Dis/Believer gathers a diverse selection of media in a conversation that spans from the origins of life to ethics in biotechnology, and from predictions of apocalypse to technology's role in faith. The groupi ng of artists offers a fresh and fascinating perspective on the complex debate of science and religion.
This exhibition is curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman.
Artists: CarianaCarianne, Compassionate Action Enterprises, Teresa Diehl, The Glue Societ
y, Industry of the Ordinary, Kysa Johnson, Marci MacGuffie, Joe Meiser, Trong Nguyen...

The Culture Center in New York Presents Sigmund Abeles

The Culture Center, 410 Columbus Avenue, New York City from November 6th
- November 14th, 2009:
Sigmund Abeles at 75: Celebrating Life and Art, features highlights from the artist’s long and illustrious career, giving viewers a broad and compelling perspective of his work as
a painter, printmaker, pastel artist and draftsman. There will be a festive 75th birthday
reception with the artist on Friday, November 6th
from 6pm – 9pm, and the public is
cordially invited to attend this special event. The artist will also give a talk on November 8th at 3pm, and on November 14th at 3pm.
Curated by Sandy Rupp and Michael DeCerbo, the exhibition features approximately forty works,
including paintings, pastels, etchings and sculpture that highlight Abeles’ passionate and enduring
engagement with the human figure, and with human concerns. Regardless of the medium he uses, it is the artist’s profound empathy and eloquence of line that adds layers of intrigue and complexity to his soul stirring portrayals, and reveals a deeper identity in his subjects and selfportraits.

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