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Media Smackdown: Deconstructing the News and the Future of Journalism

Susan Wiesinger (MA LA’02, PhD LA’05), Abe Aamidor, Jim A. Kuypers

Peter Lang International Academic Publishers

Journalism is in crisis. The rise of the Internet has taken its toll. Thousands of reporters and editors have been laid off, nightly news shows on the major networks are losing viewers, and the old business model for newspapers based on advertising and subscriptions appears to be collapsing. At this important juncture, Media Smackdown takes a close look at the history of the news media in America in order to address the historical, legal, economic, theoretical, and political issues that affect the practice as well as the changing face and future of journalism.




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The Game: Unraveling a Military Sex Scandal

Robert D. Shadley (IE’65, MS IE’66)

Beaver’s Pond Press

In 1996, Major General Robert Shadley uncovered the US Army’s most extensively reported sexual abuse scandal on record. Immersed in a battle unlike anything he’d been trained to fight, Shadley must unravel the game, bring the players to justice, and get help for a record number of victims. Now retired, Shadley continues to advocate for the estimated 19,000 military service members who are sexually assaulted each year. In this gripping story, he sheds light on a problem that’s still sadly far from being solved and provides lessons in real leadership through crisis. A portion of the proceeds from this book go to nonprofit organizations helping victims of sexual assault.




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The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty That Changed College Basketball

John Matthew Smith (PhD LA’11)

University of Illinois Press

The Sons of Westwood tells the story of the most significant college basketball program at a pivotal period in American cultural history. It weaves together a story of sports and politics in an era of social and cultural upheaval, a time when college students and college athletes joined the civil rights movement, demonstrated against the Vietnam War, and rejected the dominant Cold War culture. This is the story of America’s culture wars played out on the basketball court by some of college basketball’s most famous players and its most memorable coach.




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Born to Sing

Thomas B. Speaker (LA’63, MS EDU’68, EDS EDU’82)

Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC

Take a walk through the 50s during the birth of rock and roll. Be Willy J. as he rises from the black ghetto of the Chicago stockyards to become a worldwide star as a singer and songwriter. Along the way, you’ll experience the adrenalin of being a success and the deep sorrow of losing loved ones and best friends. Your overwhelming success will bring you face-to-face with making difficult decisions. On this journey, you’ll meet and get to know many of the stars of the rock and roll years: Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, and others responsible for the music that will last forever.




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The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality

Angie Klink (LA’81)

Like pearls threaded one-by-one to form a necklace, five women successively nurtured students on the Purdue University campus during the 1930s to 1990s. Individually, each became a legendary dean of women or dean of students. Collectively, they wove a sisterhood of mutual support in their common, sometimes thwarted, pursuit of shared human rights and equality for all. This fascinating biography explores the interwoven lives of these five legendary Purdue leaders and their connection through one extraordinary artifact. While it is focused on changing attitudes on one college campus, The Deans’ Bible opens a window into cultural change in America as a whole, exploring how each of the deans participated nationally in the quest for equality.




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GPS for Graduate School: Students Share Their Stories

Edited by Mark J. T. Smith, with contributions from M. M. Brown, Kiana R. Johnson, and William J. Peck

Accompanied by professionally produced video vignettes to stimulate small group discussion, this book contains firsthand accounts of real situations that challenge graduate students during their careers. The topics treated and issues raised have been identified by education professionals associated with the NSF-funded Midwest Crossroads Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate.