“Rarely have I read a work that so strongly, profoundly, and empathically characterizes the history of a region through those who have labored hardest to make a decent life in a beautiful yet ravaged land.” —Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Stairway to Heaven: Poems
“The noble beech and the mighty hemlock help define the forest I’ve spent my life wandering; that they are now facing ruin is one more sadness in the great sadness settling over the planet. One is enormously grateful to the author for capturing their meaning and beauty; we should do all that we can to keep them healthy.”—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
Each month we’re highlighting a book available through PSU Press Unlocked, an open-access initiative featuring scholarly digital books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. This month’s pick: Centre County: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Year 1915, part of our Metalmark series.
Special issue of The Good Society: A Journal of Civic Studies: “On Reintegrating Facts, Values, Strategies” will be open access on JSTOR until November 23rd.
History and Hope examines the rhetorical function of Isaiah 28–35, a relatively overlooked series of six woe oracles, in relation to reading the book of Isaiah as a whole. These eight chapters rely on the language of agrarian wisdom to transport the reader from prior reflections on historical destruction into a vision of ultimate hope. Stulac’s study, therefore, offers. . . (more)
Sepphoris was a major settlement in the Roman and Byzantine periods, with its earliest inhabitants stretching back to at least the Persian period. It has been intensively excavated by a several teams, including Duke University in the 1980s and 1990s. The present report brings to a close a series of. . . (more)
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