Bookbeat: May 2008

Know Thyself: Delphi Seminars - Opening up to Relational TeachingKnow Thyself: Delphi Seminars - Opening up to Relational Teaching

by Murray M. Schwartz and
Norman N. Holland, Department of English
(Lulu Press, 2008)
Available through Lulu

Delphi seminars gave birth to a new way to teach literature, but they offer a method of teaching that one can easily use for teaching psychology, psychoanalysis, or anything, really. Students and teachers alike learn what the subject-matter means to them. Why am I doing this? What do I want from it? What is the special way that I do it? What does my way say about me? For decades, Delphi seminars have led to self-discovery as well as learning subject-matter.

- Publisher

Does Your Baby Have Autism: Detecting the Earliest Signs of AutismDoes Your Baby Have Autism?: Detecting the Earliest Signs of Autism

by Osnat Teitelbaum and Philip Teitelbaum,
Department of Psychology
(Square One Publishers, 2008)
Available through Amazon

For many years, the diagnosis of autism has centered on a child's social interaction--from poor eye contact to lack of language skills. Although the autism community agrees that early intervention is key to effective treatment, the telltale signs of this disorder usually don't reveal themselves until the age of two or three. But what if it were possible to detect the potential for autism within the first year of life? That is the basis of Osnat and Philip Teitelbaum's book, Does Your Baby Have Autism?

Does Your Baby Have Autism? first provides general information about the history of autism, followed by a discussion of The Ladder of Motor Development. Each of four chapters then examines one motor milestone--righting, sitting, crawling, or walking--contrasting typical development with atypical development so that it s easy to recognize unusual patterns of movement. Also included is a unique thirty-second Tilt Test--easy to perform at home--which helps reveal a balance problem characteristic of children with autism. Finally, parents are guided in finding professional help for a child whose motor skills may indicate a problem.

There is a way to detect signs of autism early in a child s life, when therapy can do the most good. Does Your Baby Have Autism? holds the key to a brighter future for children and their families.

- Publisher

Singing Krishna: Sound Becomes Sight in Paramanand's PoetrySinging Krishna: Sound Becomes Sight in Paramanand's Poetry

by A. Whitney Sanford, Department of Religion
(SUNY, 2008)
Available through Amazon

Singing Krishna introduces Paramanand, one of north India’s greatest medieval poet-saints, whose poetry has been sung from the sixteenth century to the present in ritual service to the Hindu deity Krishna.

A. Whitney Sanford examines how hearing Paramanand's poetry in ritual context serves as a threshold for devotees between this world and Krishna’s divine world.
To “see Krishna” is a primary goal of the devotee, and Paramanand deftly constructs a vision through words. Sanford employs the dual strategies of interpreting
Paramanand’s poems—which sing the cycles of Krishna’s activities—and illustrating the importance of their ritual contexts. This approach offers insight into the nature of the devotional experience that is not accessible by simply studying the poetry or rituals in isolation.

Sanford shows that the significance of Paramanand’s poetry lies not only in its beauty and historical importance but finally in its capacity to permit the devotee to see through the ephemeral world into Krishna’s world.

— Publisher

“The beautiful lyrics of Paramanand’s poetry are a welcome addition to the growing body of Indic poetry in translation. Sanford’s excellent book guides us through the poetry and takes us right to its sources.”

— Constantina Rhodes Bailly, author of Shaiva Devotional Songs of Kashmir:
A Translation and Study of Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali

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