Profs publish new books

Katy Stanton

Lawrence professors have produced
some impressive works; display
cases in all of the academic buildings exhibit those past and current.
This year is no exception, as professors from several departments have recently produced acclaimed works.
Faith Barrett, an assistant professor
in the English department, recently edited “Words for the Hour: A New Anthology of Civil War Poetry.” Published by the University of Massachusetts Press, Barrett’s collection
has been admirably praised. Booklist says that “without sacrificing
literary distinction … Barrett says of the personal and social functions of poetry in 19th-century America.” She focuses on the stars of the time, such as Walt Whitman and Herman Melville, but broadens her range of topics to include the lesser-known poets of the era: women and blacks, as well as commercial poets. She has edited other anthologies and has had essays published in journals such as the Arizona Quarterly.
Visiting assistant professor of government Jeremy Zilber just wrote a children’s book titled “Why Mommy is a Democrat.” Zilber wrote the book because he saw a statistic about 5-, 6-, and 7-year-olds who claim to have allegiance to a specific party. “The thing is,” Zilber said to The Capital Times, “they don’t really know what that means.” Through his book, Zilber explains principles of the Democratic Party by means that children can relate to, such as “democrats make sure we all share our toys, just like Mommy does” and “democrats make sure children can go to school, just like Mommy does.”
Psychology professor Peter Glick did an extensive study on the role of women in the workplace. Receiving national and international acclaim from England’s Daily Mail to New York’s ABC News and Pakistan’s Daily Times, Glick’s study reveals how women’s
clothing and makeup relates to perceptions of her intelligence in the workplace. Glick found that “emphasizing
your sexiness as a woman is a real dangerous game”; women in higher offices were more harshly criticized
than those who had jobs such as a receptionist. The study, appearing in the journal *Psychology of Women Quarterly, has garnered Glick and Lawrence a fair amount of widespread recognition. Glick has authored and co-authored many other studies concerning
the role of sex and gender.