On The Cover
A week of festivities
Students overcome obstacles to succeed
Reaching a new generation
La Habana: Cartografías Culturales
Raúl Rubio ’95 examines the worldwide fascination with Cuba and things Cuban during the last century, particularly envisioning how the city of Havana is more than a scenic backdrop, having become the nation’s most visible protagonist and its foremost player, perhaps second only to Fidel Castro. Rubio’s book offers a cutting-edge approach to the intersections between Cuban politics, ideology, national identity, and artistic production, both on and off the island. Organized through studies on a wide range of artistic mediums, including literature, film, photography and material products that are manufactured in Cuba and globally, Rubio’s book offers an alternative take on the complex state of contemporary Cuban national identity. To learn more, visit www.raulrubio.us.
Let The Good Times Roll: The Birth Of Rock ’N’ Roll, 1955 – 1963
Darryl L. Gentry ’72 introduces readers to artists such as Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, and the Platters; songwriters Carole King, Neil Sedaka, and Leiber and Stroller; personality deejays Alan Freed, Dick Clark, and John R; and many more faces who made the birth of rock ’n’ roll happen. He examines how rhythm and blues became the first music teenagers called their own and the psychology behind why teenagers in the ’50s gravitated toward this music. For more information, visit www.darrylbook.com.
Questions For Animals
Peggy Hamilton ’96 writes of the unspeakable, both as it is at the heart of Buddhist question practice and as it occurs in the circumstances of incest. The unspeakable complicates the unspeakable. Does Buddhist practice encourage the erasure of the self much as poetic practice encourages the erasure of a poet’s reading and narrative self from a poem, or as an act of rape teaches its child victim self-erasure? Hamilton’s exploration often takes the form of the sonnet, a word that Paul Oppenheimer has suggested has its origin in sonitus, the music of the spheres perceived as deafening; multiple meanings emerge and dissipate in the poems, giving the reader space to have a circular and visceral experience of this moving work. Hamilton would like to thank Dr. Lillian Schanfield, the late Phyllis Laszlo, Sister Dorothy Jehle, the late Fr. Tom Clifford, Dr. Laura Armesto, Dr. Ann Swaner, and Dr. Daniel Alvarez, her Barry mentors when she started her degree in 1980 and finished in 1996 through the School of Adult and Continuing Education.