The University Record, February 1, 1999
By Joanne Nesbit
News and Information Services
The University of Michigan Press is looking toward the freshness of spring with its new catalog, which includes a variety of new and re-printed works by current and former U-M faculty.
Joseph Sax's Playing Darts with a Rembrandt explores the abuses of ownership of cultural treasures--those of historic and scientific interest as well as art and antiquities. The treasures Sax refers to are owned by private collectors and are not available to the public and often not to scholars. Ranging from dinosaur excavations to the Dead Sea Scrolls to the secrets held by the Library of Congress, Sax proposes a new form of "qualified ownership" that will open these collections to the public. Sax is a former U-M law professor.
A specialist in historic preservation and director and curator of the Detroit Observatory, Patricia Whitesell brings first-hand knowledge to her book on the evolution and preservation of the facility and its 19th-century instruments. In A Creation of His Own, Whitesell delves deeply into the Observatory's early biographical, architectural and scientific history, and President Henry Philip Tappan's vision and struggles to see the Observatory to its completion.
Russell Fraser, professor emeritus of English, presents book for connoisseurs of poetry spans five centuries of Singing Masters.
Todd Endelman's The Jews of Georgian England, 1714 - 1830 is a landmark study of the rise of Anglo-Jewish society in the 18th century. Endelman is the William Haber Professor of Modern Jewish History.
In Leading Questions, Robert Pahre, assistant professor of political science and of public policy, develops a series of formal models to determine under what conditions leadership will be beneficial or harmful for the international political economy.
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Global Economy, co-edited by Bernard Yin Yeung, professor of international business, explores how and why small and medium-size businesses are flourishing in the global marketplace.
The multitude of perspectives, problems, and ways of measuring human behavior are explored in Wealth, Work and Health, co-authored by Robert J. Welles, professor of economics and research scientist, Institute for Social Research.
Raji Rammuny's programmed course text and teacher's manual, Arabic Sounds and Letters, is an example of the variety offered in the Press's selections. This book introduces the Arabic sound and writing system to beginning students in the most economical and effective method. Rammuny is professor of Arabic language and linguistics.
Other publications from the Press are listed on the Web at www.press.umich.edu.