Professors share their summer reading plans

May 26, 2011
By Bill Krueger

A number of students may think their NC State professors are buying a stuffy suit or revamping lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations over the summer.  But a new NCSU Libraries website reveals that faculty are actually enjoying some time off by reading.

And faculty members’ interests range from the sadness of animals to the history of Sesame Street.

Here are some picks from the list:

forever1Jeremy Feducia, a lecturer and the demonstrations director and outreach coordinator in the Department of Chemistry, is revisiting his youth by dipping back into a volume of Calvin and Hobbes comic strips. And he’s seeking thrills with his reading of James M. Tabor’s Forever on the Mountain.

whenelephants2Larry Silverberg, associate head and director of undergraduate programs for the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, is investigating the emotional stability of animals by reading Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s When Elephants Weep.

Kwesi Craig Brookins, an associate professor of psychology and Africana studies, is reading Charles W. Bamforth’s Beer is the Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing for pleasure, and reading Douglas T. Kenrick’s Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life for professional research.

street-gangjpg1And Kim Chappell, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, is absorbing Street Gang:  The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis.

Take a few minutes to check out the website to find some books that you might enjoy this summer.


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