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Minding Their Own Business

Five Female Leaders from Trinidad and Tobago

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Joanne Kilgour Dowdy

Minding Their Own Business: Five Female Leaders from Trinidad and Tobago is a narrative project that illuminates the historical legacy of entrepreneurship, self-employment, and collective economics within the African diaspora, particularly in the lives of five women leaders of African descent from Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean. By using the financial literacy lens as an analytical tool to interpret these biographies, the study documents the journeys of these independent business women, uncovers the literacy skills they employed, and describes the networking skills that they relied upon personally and professionally. The qualitative data collection methods utilized in this project help to identify lessons that will inform professionals, educators,  business and lay persons about the innovative ways in which teaching and learning take place outside of “formal” business schooling. Information gleaned from this study also serves to broaden traditional understandings of entrepreneurship and economic strategies inherited from majority African descended communities. Additionally, the work illuminates the creative and intellectual modes of learning within the Afrocentric communities that foster successful business practices. Finally, the five successful Black women from Trinidad pass on to interested learners their methods of modeling, encouraging, and celebrating the means by which independent business people make a positive impact on society.
The five women from Trinidad live outside their native country—in Jamaica and the USA—and have been successful in their businesses for more than twelve years. Two of the women serve international clients, and one of them has catered events for President Barack Obama and a number of international artists.
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Utopian Encounters

Anthropologies of Empirical Utopias

Ruy Blanes and Maïté Maskens

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Leading While Black

Reflections on the Racial Realities of Black School Leaders Through the Obama Era and Beyond

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Floyd Cobb

What does it mean to lead while Black in America? How do Black educators lead for equity to ensure a quality academic experience for Black children when calls for equality are routinely discredited in our post-racial context? Through this book, Floyd Cobb passionately and honestly draws from his personal and professional experiences to describe his path to accepting the harsh realities of being an equity-minded Black leader in K–12 schools. Offered through the performance of autoethnography, Cobb highlights and gives voice to the often-unacknowledged vulnerability of equity-minded Black leaders who work in suburban contexts. Using the era of the Obama presidency as the backdrop for this work, Cobb illuminates the challenges and complexities of advocating for marginalized children who come from a shared racial heritage in a society that far too often are reluctant to accept such efforts. Through Leading While Black, emerging and aspiring Black leaders will be reminded that they are not alone in their struggles, but must nonetheless persist if we are to do our part in making education a better experience for our children.

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Parlons vin/Sprechen wir über Wein

Dicophrase français-allemand/Deutsch-Französisch Satzwörterbuch

Paul Laveau and Dietrich Ellger

Vu l’intensité des échanges dans le domaine du vin, une communication précise entre pays francophones et germanophones est indispensable. Plutôt que des mots isolés, cet ouvrage propose des phrases entières, à la formulation précise, grammaticalement exactes, construites autour de notions, faits, éléments, informations, descriptions et problématiques spécifiques. Ces près de 2000 phrases partent de données authentiques et sont ancrées dans la réalité professionnelle.

Les deux auteurs, à l’expérience professionnelle et linguistique complémentaire, s’attachent à fournir ici non pas des notions purement théoriques, mais des outils directement utilisables d’une langue à l’autre, conformément à des situations et actions réelles. La progression est logique et chronologique, couvrant tout le processus de vinification, faisant de ce livre un ouvrage de référence simple et pratique à utiliser.

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Les « Emblèmes » d’André Alciat

Introduction, texte latin, traduction et commentaire d’un choix d’emblèmes sur les animaux

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Anne Andenmatten

L’humaniste et juriste milanais André Alciat (1492-1550) est connu pour être le créateur de ce qui deviendra, au cours du XVIe siècle, le genre de l’emblème, caractérisé par sa structure tripartite (inscriptio, pictura, subscriptio). L’Emblematum liber, publié pour la première fois en 1531, réédité à de nombreuses reprises, augmenté de poèmes supplémentaires et de nouvelles illustrations durant le XVIe siècle, contient plus de 200 emblèmes. Le présent commentaire étudie un choix de 75 emblèmes consacrés aux animaux. L’introduction aborde les différentes problématiques en lien avec les emblèmes et offre une synthèse des principales observations tirées de l’analyse du corpus. Le commentaire adopte une forme adaptée à ce genre hybride : pour chaque poème, il présente un choix de gravures issues des principales éditions, afin de mesurer l’évolution des motifs et leur adéquation au texte, puis une traduction française en prose des épigrammes latines, suivie d’un commentaire mettant en évidence la structure de la subscriptio, ses procédés stylistiques, ses sources d’inspiration et son interprétation symbolique.

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L'Europe en quête d'Européens

Pour un nouveau rapport entre Bruxelles et les nations

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Gérard Bouchard

Plaidoyer en faveur de l’Union européenne, ce livre critique néanmoins certains choix culturels qu’elle a faits lors de sa fondation et qui entravent aujourd’hui son intégration. Elle doit rebâtir ses fondements symboliques et redéfinir sa relation avec les nations (à ne pas confondre avec les États). Les orientations culturelles qu’elle a privilégiées à sa naissance lui ont permis de connaître un essor rapide, mais faute de les réviser à temps, elles sont devenues dysfonctionnelles. Or, les tentatives qu’elle a faites ultérieurement pour se donner de nouveaux mythes et une identité continentale ont échoué. Par ailleurs, les leaders de l’Union se sont toujours méfiés des nations et des nationalismes, accusés d’avoir provoqué les horreurs des deux guerres mondiales. Ils ont donc voulu les contourner en instituant une gouvernance par le haut d’où a résulté un déficit démocratique.

L’Union devra désormais s’employer à se réconcilier avec les nations, en les réhabilitant, et à tirer profit de leurs ressources symboliques pour se doter de mythes ayant une résonance à la fois nationale et européenne.

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Patricia A. Mitchell

African American Males in Higher Education Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities presents narratives from thirteen African American males working in higher education leadership. Their narratives describe the barriers and roadblocks that continue to impede them while climbing the ivory tower ladder to leadership. This book highlights a number of topics relevant to the experiences of Black males on what it means to hold a leadership position at a historically black college and at a predominately white institution. This is an opportunity to hear the voices of African American males and to look at leadership through their lens. What have been some of the challenges and opportunities they have faced during their journey in higher education? What specific strategies helped them cope with barriers impeding their climb to a leadership position in higher education? What specific programs make a difference for emerging Black male leaders? Did they have a mentor or did they feel isolated during their journey? How are they feeling now? What tips can be passed down to our next generation of Black leaders? These narratives provide inspiration for all African American men aspiring to advance their careers in higher education. Hopefully, African American males will find these narratives useful as they prepare to enter the landscape of higher education leadership and avoid some of the pitfalls discussed in the book.

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Diaspora, Food and Identity

Nigerian Migrants in Belgium

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Maureen Duru

This book examines the connection between food and identity in the Nigerian diaspora community in Belgium. Encounters between people from different cultures do not lead to a simple adaptation of the diet, but usually give rise to some kind of fusion of new and indigenous food habits.

The author questions the relationship between what Nigerian migrants in the diaspora eat, their self-perception and how they engage with outsiders. Starting with a historical introduction about the country, this study examines what aspects of the Nigerian food culture is retained and what has changed. This is reflected by the dynamics in the Nigerian homes, especially the gender roles.

The new generation of Nigerians, who see Belgium as home, also hang on to a Nigerian diet that remains not only an important part of who they are, but is also used in the creation of cultural boundaries and group identities. However, the influence of the new environment is very present because each diaspora community, wherever and whenever, must adapt. Skills such as language and social norms are indeed necessary to survive in the new environment. Yet, food plays a prominent role: on the one hand, it contributes to the affirmation of Nigerian feelings, and on the other hand, food serves as a means of communication with the host country.

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Re-Assembly Required

Critical Autoethnography and Spiritual Discovery

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Gresilda A. Tilley-Lubbs

Entering the academy as an older woman, the author had not foreseen the challenges that awaited her when she left behind a successful career as a public school Spanish teacher/department head to pursue a Ph.D. She took for granted her position of power and privilege in an educational setting, not at all prepared for the rapid demotion of respect, self-confidence, and salary that she soon faced as an older Ph.D. student/Spanish adjunct faculty member at a research university that would serve as her academic, and later professional, career home for the rest of her working years. In this critical autoethnography, she troubles her journey through the Ph.D. and the tenure process, as well as in her position as a tenured professor. She describes a process that led her into/through the murky waters and mire of academic machinations into the light of spiritual discovery to affirm wholeness and celebration of Self. What sets this book apart is the author’s refreshing willingness to critically interrogate her Self throughout the process.

Re-Assembly Required: Critical Autoethnography and Spiritual Discovery can be used in graduate and undergraduate courses in arts-based research writing, advancements in qualitative inquiry, autoethnography writing, creative non-fiction writing, women’s studies, and critical pedagogy. This book provides a methodological explanation of critical autoethnography and serves as an exemplar for how autoethnography can be combined with critical pedagogy to perform writing that examines the university as institution through the lens of personal narrative. This compelling creative non-fiction narrative is appropriate for both academic and non-academic audiences.

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The Aesthetic Revolution in Germany

1750–1950 – From Winckelmann to Nietzsche – from Nietzsche to Beckmann

Meindert Evers

The Aesthetic Revolution in Germany refutes the stereotypical image of Germany as the country of romantic but unworldly poets and thinkers. In 1750, an aesthetic revolution takes place in Germany, at the beginning of which stands J.J. Winckelmann. The romantic movement (Schiller, Hölderlin, Kleist) paves the way for this aesthetic revolution, which Heine is one of the first to criticise. Since then, criticism has never fallen silent. Opposing the rationalisation of the world (Wagner), the aesthetic revolution climaxes in the philosophy of Nietzsche. During the 1920s and 30s, it becomes a conservative revolution (George, Spengler, Th. Mann, Benn) and fails inevitably. Beckmann and M. Walser show that particularly after 1945 the aesthetic perspective is still necessary.