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New Additions to the Smith Bookshelf

Collections of essays about travel adventures, on early New Testament writing, American teachers' classroom tales and an examination of rising health care costs, are just a few of the engaging works recently published by Smith faculty authors.

In his newest book, Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space, published by Swallow Press of Ohio University Press, Peter Rose, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology, reflects on his travel experiences in a collection of personal essays capturing both academic and nonacademic experiences. In a story-telling narrative, he reflects on the people he's met and the places he's visited. Rose sums up the book as being about "my life course, my family, my work, my hobbies, and my affliction -- travel sickness."

In Managed Care and Monopoly Power: The Antitrust Challenge, Deborah Haas-Wilson, professor of economics, examines how antitrust laws, when correctly enforced, allow markets to operate efficiently and competitively, thereby spurring low prices and high quality. "Focusing on the economic concepts necessary to the enforcement of the antitrust laws in health care markets, Haas-Wilson provides a useful roadmap for guiding the future of these markets," according to Harvard University Press, the book publisher.

Karl P. Donfried, Elizabeth A. Woodson '22 Professor of Religion and Biblical Literature, has recently published Paul, Thessalonica, and Early Christianity (Eerdmans Publishing Company). The book consists of 15 essays spanning some 25 years of research into Thessalonian correspondence in New Testament writings. In the book, Donfried illuminates the earliest piece of New Testament writing, 1 Thessalonians, in its social and religious setting. He also explores the parallels to Qumran, the deep connections between early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism. The first essay in the book is a revised version of the inaugural lecture professor Donfried delivered at Smith for the Woodson chair.

In a new book, Stories of the Courage to Teach: Honoring the Teacher's Heart, edited by Sam Intrator, assistant professor in education and child study, 25 teachers across the country get a chance to express the inspiration behind their calling. They wrote first-person essays, submitted from a range of settings: public, private, secondary and elementary schools in urban, suburban and rural regions. Intrator's collection, through his introduction and editorial remarks on each essay, aims to not only chronicle the stories of teachers in their own words, but to strengthen the national regard for teachers and their work in the classroom.

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