To mark the occasion of their tenure appointments, Dr. Brian Newman of Seaver College and Michael L. Williams of the Graziadio School of Business and Management were honored by Pepperdine University Libraries late last year with bookplates placed in the book of their choosing. The bookplate, a decorative label placed on the inside cover, recognizes the achievement of each professor. Dr. Newman and Dr. Williams each selected a title relevant to their own work and reflective of their literary tastes.
Dr. Newman, a professor of political science, explains his choice, David James Duncan’s The Brothers K (2005):
“The Bothers K weaves together a father, brothers, baseball, religion, romance, and politics. In this modern take on Dostoevsky’s masterpiece, David James Duncan’s humor, irreverence, and light touch carry the reader across the range of human experience and emotion, through disappointment, frustration, anger, desperation, persistence, faith, hope, and love. Duncan tells of four brothers coming of age in 1960s America, their journeys including campus protests, spiritual pilgrimage, mental illness, snow-bound exile, Vietnam, and a home falling apart. Through it all, brotherhood and baseball remain, calling each of the brothers K back home.”
Dr. Williams explains his selection of William Powers’ Hamlet’s Blackberry: A practical philosophy for building a good life in the digital age (2010):
“As a professor of information systems, I spend a lot of time thinking, talking, and writing about technology. Despite the gains in productivity, reduced costs, and increased social connections, technology is not all virtuous. I recommend Powers’ work as a starting point to colleagues, students, and friends who struggle to find the balance between the people and screens competing for our limited attention. Enjoy.”
Come on down to Payson Library to check out these new acquisitions!