Sunday Salon: Fall Textbooks

It’s that time of year again where I share the books that have been assigned to me for my classes this semester. If the pile looks small, it’s because I’m reaching the end of my time as an undergraduate student and my classes are either incredibly theoretical or self-directed. In other words, I’m responsible for coming up with my own book lists like I’m doing with the Honors Project. I am also still missing three books — one has yet to be published, another no one knows where to purchase it from, and the other has yet to arrive.

  • Remote Sensing with Idrisi — No one knows where to purchase this book. No one. Not even the bookstore carries it. I can’t even tell you who the author is.
  • A Beirut Heart (Cathy Sultan) — This book follows Sultan after her move from the United States to Beirut in 1969 and through the Lebanese Civil War when Sultan employed what the book calls “domestic survival”. This book was assigned for my class on gender and its role in war and peace.
  • Fundamentals of Satellite Remote Sensing (Emilio Chuvieco and Alfredo Huete) — This textbook is for the class I’m probably the most nervous about. I’ve heard mixed reviews about how hard working with remote sensing data is. The class is required for my intended graduate program so I really don’t have a choice. It just hope that this book turns tout to be helpful and easy to understand.
  • Gender and International Security (Laura Sjoberg) — This book defines the relationship between gender and international security, analyzing and critiquing international security theory and practice from a gendered perspective. It has yet to show up in my mailbox.
  • Sex and World Peace (Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli, and Chad F. Emmett) — I don’t think I have seen a textbook with so many co-authors that wasn’t actually a collection of articles. It’ll be interesting to see how so many voices are pulled into one narrative about gender and peace.
  • Triumph of the City (Edward Glaeser) — This book has actually been on my TBR list since I saw Glaeser interviewed on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. It seems like it will be a fascinating read, particularly as my fellow geographers and economists bicker over whether the city or urban areas are more economically and environmentally sustainable.
  • Women and War (Kathleen Kuehnast, Chantel de Jonge Ourdraat, and Helga Hernes) — Ten years ago, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325, which called for women ‘s equal participation in promoting peace and security and for greater efforts to protect women, who are more exposed to violence during and after conflict than men. The volume takes stock of the current state of knowledge on women, peace and security issues, including efforts to increase women ‘s participation in post-conflict reconstruction strategies and their protection from wartime sexual violence.

The Sunday Salon:

The Sunday Salon.com The Sunday Salon encourages bloggers to get together –at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones– every Sunday and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another’s blogs. Salon participants are encouraged to blog about their time spent reading, pages read, information about current reading, discuss a reaction to a book, state what they plan to read the following week, or make suggestions for a group read.

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