Faculty News

Ezra Explores Economic Aspects of the Civil Rights Era

Professor Michael Ezra of the American Multicultural Studies Department has completed his third book project, a collection of essays published by Routledge called The Economic Civil Rights Movement: African Americans and the Struggle for Economic Power. More information can be found at http://tinyurl.com/n5ndbdc.

This book builds upon Ezra’s previous work on the economic aspects of the civil rights era, including the 2009 booksMuhammad Ali: The Making of an Icon (Temple University Press) and Civil Rights Movement: People and Perspectives (ABC-Clio).

Ezra’s next book is going to be an exploration of current race relations and how they can be improved.

In addition to his publishing, Ezra was recently quoted by the BBC in an article on Muhammad Ali. The link to the article is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22308388

Switky Tells Dramatic Story of Top Secret WWII Mission

Robert Switky, a lecturer in the political science department, has recently published Wealth of an Empire: The Treasure Shipments that Saved Britain and the World which tells the dramatic true story of a top-secret mission that changed the course of World War II.

His work unveils the tale of Great Britain’s shipment of virtually its entire treasury across the treacherous waters of the North Atlantic to safety in the United States and Canada. Had the Germans captured or sunk the treasure-laden ships, the war could have been lost more than eighteen months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

More details can be found at ‪ https://www.sonoma.edu/users/s/switky/.

Switky received his Master’s Degree in International Studies and PhD in Political Science from the Claremont Graduate University in southern California. He has written numerous articles on international affairs and European politics. His teaching focuses on American government, ideologies, and international relations. His research interests include war, European politics, and international political economy.

Trick or Treat, Bollywood style: 100 Years of Indian Cinema

Professor of Theatre and Film, and Program Coordinator for Film Studies, Ajay Gehlawat, is intimately familiar with cinema and, in particular, with Indian cinema. He has written the book, Reframing Bollywood: Theories of Popular Hindi Cinema, and edited The “Slumdog” Phenomenon: A Critical Anthology, a collection of essays relating to the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire. In addition, he will also be teaching a course on Bollywood in Spring 2014.

This month, Gehlawat will visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to take part in the symposium “Past, Present, Future: Indian Cinema at 100,” the symposium, along with other events, including a screening of filmmaker Onir’s My Brother...Nikhil, celebrates the centenary of Indian cinema.

"One of the most interesting aspects of all the recent attention Bollywood has been given," Gehlawat notes, "is how this newfound fascination has, in turn, led to new discussions and debates surrounding the very concept of Bollywood. What is it? Is it just one thing? Or can it refer to many different types of cinema and cinematic styles?"

Ajay Gehlawat’s faculty page may be found at http://www.sonoma.edu/hutchins/faculty/ajay-gehlawat.html.


The Good Company, Revised Edition by Professor Robert Girling

Professor Robert Girling of the School of Business & Ecnoomics tells the inside story of twenty inspiring companies that prioritize people and the planet. Compassionate companies can both change the world and make a profit. TOMS Shoes. Clif Bar. Eileen Fisher. Google. Give Something Back. Such names are synonymous with successful companies that are simultaneously making the planet a safer, healthier place.

In his new book The Good Company, Girling offers inspiring news: a growing number of companies are transforming the status quo formerly dominated by old-style businesses focused on narrow self-interest, arrogance, and insensitivity to the greater good. What’s more, they are making a profit doing so.

“This is a truly outstanding book that convincingly and persuasively balances the need for the traditional corporate focus on financial returns with today’s growing, powerful, and critical requirement for equally serious and thoughtful focus on employees, communities globally, and environment…A ‘must read’ for every corporate executive (and others) who truly cares about her/her company and wants to understand the dramatically changing world around them.” - Peter Howley, chairman, The Howley Group


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