Smith Library Center

First Thursday

Smith Library Center and the Office of the Dean of Faculty host monthly First Thursday gatherings to recognize & celebrate the scholarly achievements of Southwestern faculty and staff.

The First Thursday receptions are held in the Periodicals Reading Room, therefore access to portions of the periodicals collection will be limited during these times. This event is for SU faculty and staff only.

Thursday, April 7 2022  –  First Thursday Reception – Celebrating Books

Sergio Costola, Associate Professor of Theatre

Commedia dell’Arte Scenarios, edited by Sergio Costola in collaboration with Olly Crick (London-New York: Routledge, 2022)

The Dramaturgy of Commedia dell’Arte, Olly Crick with Sergio Costola (London-New York: Routledge, 2022) 

Raquel Moreira, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Moreira, R. (2021). Bitches Unleashed: Performance and Embodied Politics in Favela Funk. Peter Lang, 2021. 

Helene Meyers, Professor of English

Movie-Made Jews: An American Tradition (Fall 2021) 

John Ross, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Kendall Richards, Professor of Mathematics

Ross, J. D., & Richards, K. C. (2020). Introductory analysis: An inquiry approach. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.


Thursday, April 1, 2021

First Thursday Virtual Reception Celebrating Faculty who Published Books in 2020

Bednar, Bob, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Title: Road Scars: Place, Automobility, and Road Trauma
Author: Robert Matej Bednar
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020
Brief Description: Road Scars is a highly visual monograph that demonstrates how roadside car crash shrines give embodied form to a dispersed and unresolved cultural trauma embedded within American car culture. It is based on nearly two decades of mobile fieldwork in the American Southwest and features 172 original color photographs.

Cooper, Michael, Professor of Music
Between January and December 2020, I published forty-four (44) world-premiere source-critical editions of works by African American composer Florence B. Price (1887-1953) with G. Schirmer (New York), for a total of fifty-eight Price editions since September 2019. I also published new source-critical editions of the orchestral and piano-vocal versions of Felix Mendelssohn’s symphony-cantata Hymn of Praise (Kassel: Bärenreiter), as well as three major masterpieces by African American composer Margaret A. Bonds (1913-72): her Montgomery Variations (1964); her setting of the W.E.B. Du Bois civil-rights manifesto Credo (1966-67); and her Six Songs on Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay (all Bryn Mawr: Hildegard Publishing). All totaled, that makes forty-nine editions published between January and December.

Hower, Jessica, Associate Professor of History
Title: Tudor Empire: The Making of Britain and the British Atlantic World, 1485-1603
Author: Jessica S. Hower
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Brief Description: The book recasts one of the most well-studied and popularly-beloved eras in history—the tumultuous span from the accession of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I—by focusing on another, equally provocative facet of the British past—imperialism. It argues that expansion abroad and national consolidation and identity formation at home were concurrent, intertwined, and mutually-reinforcing. 

Miller, Allison, Associate Professor of Art History
Title: Kingly Splendor: Court Art and Materiality in Han China
Author: Allison R. Miller
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Brief Description: The Western Han dynasty (202 BCE–9 CE) was a foundational period for the artistic culture of ancient China, a fact particularly visible in the era’s funerary art. Iconic forms of Chinese art such as dazzling suits of jade; cavernous, rock-cut mountain tombs; fancifully ornate wall paintings; and armies of miniature terracotta warriors were prepared for the tombs of the elite during this period. Many of the finest objects of the Western Han have been excavated from the tombs of kings, who administered local provinces on behalf of the emperors.