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By Mallory Goldberg 10C

Where do artistic performance and technology meet, and how has one shaped the other? That question is at the heart of a new book by Chris Salter 89C, Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (MIT Press, 2010). Chapter by chapter, Salter examines technology’s influence on a range of artistic disciplines: theater, music, dance, the visual and media arts, and architecture. His survey finds complex commonalities that will undoubtedly prove valuable to students and artists in these fields. The book includes a foreword by Peter Sellars. Salter is an artist, assistant professor of design and computation arts at Concordia University, Montreal, and researcher with the Hexagram institute for Research-Creation in Media Arts. His works, large-scale multimedia environments, have been exhibited worldwide.

Lessons Learned: In this timely memoir of his life’s journey, Lawson Broadrick 54D takes the reader through a childhood growing up in the rural South during the Great Depression and the tremendous changes, and challenges, his generation experienced. By combing nostalgia, humor, and history, in That’s Just the Way It Was . . . Back Then (Outskirts Press, 2009), Broadrick shares both his personal stories and his political philosophy on American government and its role in society.

Race and Gender: The Specter of Sex: Gendered Foundations of Racial Formation in the United States (SUNY Press, 2009) is the latest book from Sally Kitch 84G, professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State University. Through an examination of religious, political, and scientific narratives, public policies and testimonies, laws, court cases, and newspaper accounts, The Specter of Sex provides a comparative study of the racial formation of five groups—American Indians, African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and European whites—and reveals gender patterns that have served to uphold white racial dominance for more than two hundred years.

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