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Understanding the Role of Public Policy Centers and Institutes in Fostering University-Government Partnerships

Understanding the Role of Public Policy Centers and Institutes in Fostering University-Government Partnershipsedited by Lynn H. Leverty, Department of Department of Political Science and David R. Colburn, Department of History
(Jossey-Bass Inc., 2001)
Available through Jossey-Bass

Over the past hundred years, public policy institutes have provided scholarship and training programs that have helped address the needs of the public and private sectors. Their work has been important to local, state, and federal governments in the United States, as well as to an increasing number of countries around the world. These institutes have demonstrated an enduring commitment to public service and to finding effective and innovative ways to address the problems of a changing society. This volume of New Directions for Higher Education provides an overview of the wide variety of university programs that have been established to interface with governments, some of the models they have created, and the ways in which they intersect with society.

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Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds

Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice ReynoldsJulian M. Pleasants, Department of History
(University of North Carolina Press, 2001)
Available through Amazon

Robert Rice Reynolds, U.S. senator from North Carolina from 1933 to 1945, was one of the most eccentric politicians in American history. His travels, his five marriages, his public faux pas, and his flamboyant campaigns provided years of amusements for his constituents. This political biography rescues Reynolds from his cartoon-character reputation, however, by explaining his political appeal and highlighting his contributions without overlooking his flaws.

Julian Pleasants argues that Reynolds must be understood in the context of Depression-era North Carolina. An ardent New Dealer, Reynolds favored federal intervention to regulate banks, extend cheap credit, and provide housing and jobs for those unable to find work. He capitalized on the discontent of the poverty-stricken lower class, campaigning as a poor man against his wealthy opponent, incumbent senator Cam Morrison....

Fleshing out a man typically dismissed as a stereotypical southern demagogue, Pleasants reveals Reynolds to be a showman of the first order, a skilled practitioner of class politics, and a uniquely southern politician.

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Brazilian Popular Music and Globalization

Brazilian Popular Music and Globalizationedited by Charles A. Perrone, Department of Romance Language and Literatures, and Christopher Dunn
(University Press of Florida, 2001)
Available through University of Florida Press

This illustrated collection of essays devoted to the international character and appeal of Brazil's song and dance music includes contributions from scholars in the fields of ethnomusicology, cultural studies, literature, anthropology, sociology, and communications; roughly half are from the United States and half from Brazil and elsewhere.

The introduction, "Chiclete com Banana," provides historical context for the studies that follow, which consider topics ranging from film music, diasporic aesthetics, and contemporary Carnival to variants of hip-hop, rock, and heavy metal in relation to local, regional, and globalized forms of identity. Whether focused on the era of radio or the age of the Internet, discussions of urban popular music in Brazil have inevitably involved hemispheric interplay and a multifaceted dynamic of national and international factors. These essays explore how Brazilian artists and audiences have negotiated meanings in a spectrum of musical situations and how geographical or political circumstances may mediate musical communication.

- Publisher

"With an impressive variety of essays from some of the major scholars in the field today, this collection is an important contribution to the study of contemporary Brazilian popular music."

—Randal Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles

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