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SPR-SUM 2017

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14 PIERCE / SPRING 2017 RAVENINGS F ranklin Pierce's size has always been one of its strengths. That's writ large in SISTUHS, the cultural and advocacy group that was a campus institution even before Assistant Dean of Student Involvement Scott Ansevin-Allen arrived nearly 20 years ago. The early members were "feisty" and "passionate," Ansevin-Allen recalls. "They stood up and cared about their community in a holistic way. They wanted it to be right and they were willing to address the issues head on. They weren't holding anything back." SISTUHS' current members are just as focused, committed and active. The group's vice president, Political Science major Danica Thoroughgood '17, joined SISTUHS because of an introductory Women's Studies class. "It was for semester credit, but I ended up staying for the next [almost] four semesters," Thoroughgood says, laughing. "It was just really nice and comforting to have people talk about issues that I was interested in and passionate about." SISTUHS takes "a more lighthearted approach" to activism says Ansevin-Allen. The club has bingo nights and hosts Mr. FPU, an annual male pageant show where the tables are turned and male contestants compete in heels, to bring attention to domestic violence. "The way I describe SISTUHS to people is it's basically like a slumber party. In our meetings we talk about whatever we want. We hang out. If we need someone to talk to, they're always there," he says. Still, SISTUHS tackles serious issues. They participate in World AIDS Day and they've hosted educational events on sexual assault. "People need to understand the issues that we are all struggling with every day," Thoroughgood says. "The more people talk about them, the more things will change." – Katricia Lang FACING THE ISSUES Women in Literature by Alexis Burling DONNA DECKER Professor of English Content consultant/editor Women in Literature is part of the Women's Lives in History series by ABDO Publishing. This text is for readers in middle school or early high school, and showcases the lives of inspiring writers, among them the first Supreme Court justice, Secretary of State and Iditarod winner. Featured writers include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maya Angelou, Jane Austen, Alison Bechdel, Willa Cather, Emily Dickinson, Roxane Gay, Alice Munro, Rebecca Solnit and Alice Walker. Returning North With the Spring: Retracing Edwin Way Teale's 17,000-mile journey with the North American Spring BY JOHN HARRIS Executive Director, Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture In 1947 naturalist Edwin Way Teale followed the progress of spring northward from the Everglades to the summit of Mount Washington. Sixty-five years later, Harris retraced Teale's route, documenting what has changed in the natural world and finding hope in the tenacity of what remains. Ireland's Allies: America and the 1916 Easter Rising by Miriam Nyhan Grey (ed.), J. J. Lee (Foreword) MARY C. KELLY Professor of History Chapter contribution: "The Hand of Friendship: Protestants, Irish Americans and 1916-Era Nationalism." This is the first anthology to situate Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising in a transnational setting and to reveal the role of Irish-Americans in this central episode in Ireland's modern history. Kelly's contribution explores Protestant nationalism as a significant and often overlooked feature of this dramatic event. Anthropology: Asking Questions about Human Origins, Diversity, and Culture BY ROBERT L. WELSCH (Professor of Anthropology, Franklin Pierce University), Luis A. Vivanco (University of Vermont) and Agustin Fuentes (University of Notre Dame) From the authors of the highly acclaimed Cultural Anthropology: Asking Questions About Humanity, this groundbreaking text takes a holistic approach that emphasizes critical thinking, active learning and applying anthropology to solve contemporary human problems. Building on the classical foundations of the discipline, this book shows how anthropology is connected to current topics like food, health and the environment. With a focus on contemporary problems and questions, it demonstrates the dynamism of anthropology today. — Holly Beretto '93 E ach spring, Pierce magazine shares news about faculty who have published or edited books during the last year. These works showcase multiple disciplines and styles, and demonstrate how Pierce professors are at the top of their craft. Celebrating the Publications of Pierce Faculty The Write Stuff Sister Act

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