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Ex libris: the August 2016 edition

Ex libris: the August 2016 edition

[ex libris - books column]
Ex Libris

[LM Banco book cover]J. Robert Oppenheimer called the first atomic bomb “technically sweet,” yet as he watched it explode in New Mexico in 1945, he also thought of the line from The Bhagavad-Gita: “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” Theoretical physicist, scientific director of the Manhattan Project, and a man whose name has become synonymous with the atomic bomb, Oppenheimer was and still is a controversial figure. Following the 70th anniversary of the Manhattan Project, Lindsey Michael Banco’s new book, The Meanings of J. Robert Oppenheimer, examines how Oppenheimer has been represented in biographies, fiction, comics, film, television, and other media. The book offers insights into the rise of nuclear culture, the figure of the scientist, and how we think about the relationship between history, imagination, science, and nuclear weapons. Lindsey Michael Banco, MA’03, PhD’08, is an associate professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan.

Brock Jones book cover]Brock Jones, Artsci’00, is co-author of a new book: Prosecuting and Defending Youth Criminal Justice Cases:A Practitioner’s Handbook. The book follows the life of a youth criminal justice case from beginning to end, with commentary and analysis. Practical guidance, checklists, charts, and precedents help readers navigate the criminal youth justice process, which includes interviewing clients, arrest and bail matters, trial, and acquittal or sentencing issues. Brock Jones is a Crown attorney in Toronto. Since 2012, he has been an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, where he teaches a course on the Youth Criminal Justice Act. He is also the recipient of the 2016 OBA’s Heather Mcarthur Memorial young lawyers’ award for his exceptional contributions to the practice of law in Ontario and to the Ontario Bar Association.

[G Marquis book cover]Greg Marquis, PhD’87 (history) has a new book out: The Vigilant Eye: Policing Canada from 1867 to 9/11. The book begins with the English and Irish roots of 19th-century British North American policing, then traces the development of the three models of law enforcement that would shape the future: the local rural constable, the municipal police department, and the paramilitary territorial constabulary. The book examines the development of provincial police services, whose expansion coincided with the rise of mass automobile ownership and controversies over alcohol prohibition and control, and their eventual absorption into the RCMP. In terms of political policing, the vigilant eye has monitored, harassed and disrupted various social and political movements ranging from Fenians to communists, Quebec separatists to environmentalists. Dr. Marquis teaches in the Department of History and Politics at the University of New Brunswick St. John, where he specializes in Canadian history and criminal justice history.

[Alice Petersen book cover]An old record player; an unposted letter; a pair of pearl earrings never purchased; a badly written poem from the woman you love: tokens, gifts, and objects lost or left behind, desired or not wanted at all. these are the starting points for the stories in Worldly Goods, a new collection by Alice Petersen, PhD’99 (English). The stories reveal that ownership is more than possession, for the author shows how small objects stand as markers of our attempts to communicate with each other. Ms. Petersen’s first short story collection, All the Voices Cry (2012), was awarded the Quebec Writers’ Federation Concordia university First Book Prize.



[Michael Prince book cover]Michael J. Prince, MPA’76, is the author of Struggling for Social Citizenship: Disabled Canadians, Income Security, and Prime Ministerial Eras. The Canada Pension Plan disability benefit is a monthly payment available to disabled citizens who have contributed to the CPP and are unable to work regularly at any job. this book covers the program’s origins and implementation, liberalization of benefits, and more recent restraint and reorientation. It examines how disability has been defined in programs and distinguished from ability in given periods, how these distinctions have operated, been administered, contested and regulated, as well as how, through income programs, disability is a social construct and administrative category. Dr. Prince holds the Lansdowne Chair in Social Policy at the University of Victoria.

[cover of Alumni Review 2016 Issue 3]