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Ceremony of the Soups
Civil War Acoustic Shadows
A Note Slipped Under the Door: Teaching From Poems We Love
Alternatives to Retention and Social Promotion


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Ceremony of the Soups
by Dr. Douglas M. Young, Professor Emeritus of Speech and Theatre
This collection of seven one-act plays includes the Greensboro Trilogy, commissioned by the Greensboro (N.C.) Bicentennial Commission in the 1970s, about the civil rights movement and based on Dr. Young's experiences as a reporter for the Greensboro Daily News in the mid-1960s. "I was probably the first reporter to see Jesse Jackson demonstrate," he says. One of the plays, Miss Doris Anderson, has been produced at the Back Alley Theatre in Washington, D.C., and at Longwood and two other colleges. The other plays, about relationships, are new. Dr. Young, who taught theatre and directed plays at Longwood for 27 years before retiring in 1997, has written numerous plays and the book The Feminist Voices in Restoration Comedy: The Play-Worlds of Etherege, Wycherley and Congreve. Published by Storehouse Publishing, softcover, 192 pages
 
Civil War Acoustic Shadows
by Dr. Charles D. Ross, Associate Professor of Physics
This book "successfully intertwines scientific reasoning and historical research in an easily understood format" to explain how the "strange behavior of sound waves impacted the decisions" at six Civil War battles, says the publisher. "Combining weather records with soldiers' diaries," says a review in the September issue of Discover magazine, "Ross re-creates six dramatic battles and shows how conditions of terrain and atmosphere served to divert sound in unexpected directions, forming an 'acoustic shadow.'" His interest in the subject (featured in the Spring 2000 issue of Longwood magazine) evolved from the research for his first book, Trial by Fire: Science and Technology in the Civil War. Published by White Mane Publishing, hardcover, 174 pages
 
A Note Slipped Under the Door: Teaching From Poems We Love
by Nick Flynn and Shirley Powell McPhillips, Longwood alumna ('62)
This book seeks to help teachers "bring poetry into the classroom and help students build a writing life that includes finding and crafting their own poems." Ms. McPhillips, a literacy consultant and staff developer, and Flynn answer such questions as "How do we read a poem?" and "What can we teach from a poem we love?" A native of the Richmond area, Ms. McPhillips taught for many years in Fairfax County, upstate New York and Tenafly, New Jersey, and co-directed the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University. She works in New York and lives in nearby Dumont, N.J. Published by Stenhouse Publishers, softcover, 241 pages
 
Alternatives to Retention and Social Promotion
by Dr. William A. Owings, Associate Professor of Education, and Dr. Leslie S. Kaplan
This is part of Phi Delta Kappa's Fastback series, which offers short treatments on various educational topics. Dr. Owings has been a teacher, an elementary and high school principal, and a superintendent. Dr. Kaplan is the assistant principal for instruction at Denbigh High School in Newport News. They have written and spoken together at conferences for five years, and next year the Fastback series will publish another book of theirs, Enhancing Teacher and Teaching Quality, which will be turned into an expanded book. Published by the Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, softcover, 48 pages

A Smile up my Sleeve
by Page Burnette Johnson, Longwood alumna ('50), with illustrations by Allen Franklin, Longwood Postmaster
This is a collection of humorous poetry by a retired teacher who over the years has written poems for "family, friends, coworkers, anyone I came in contact with." A resident of Cumberland County just outside Farmville, she taught for 37 years, the last 20 at Prince Edward Academy (now Fuqua School). She ran a kindergarten in her home for 10 years and still teaches piano six days a week. Two of her daughters, Judy Bolt and Kay Baber, and a son-in-law, Dale Bolt, also are Longwood alumni. Published by Witty Pen Publishing Company, softcover, 158 pages

 

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