Category Archive: Academics & Artists

Academic Nook: Reflections of a Cybils Poetry Judge

We are very happy to welcome our dearest blogging friend, Linda Baie, our featured Academic in Behind the Books. Since our current bimonthly theme celebrates all things CYBILS-related, we are happy that Linda has agreed to share with us a few of her own reflections as a Cybils 2nd Round Judge for the Poetry Category. …

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Academic Nook: A Sampler of Polish Literature and a Taste for Nonfiction

I am very happy to share a psychologist friend’s piece about her favorite children’s books from when she was young and the more recent adult titles and authors that she has discovered. I met Marta in 2010 in a conference and it is with a measure of excitement that I share with you a taste …

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Academic Nook: Raising a Reading Child by Prof. Stephen Acabado, PhD

We are again very privileged to have a highly successful and very-much-in-demand Anthropologist to visit us here in GatheringBooks. I bid a warm welcome to a good friend of mine, Asst. Prof. Stephen Acabado, PhD, or Boboy as he is known to his friends. Rather than share with us snippets from his groundbreaking research studies …

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Academic Nook/Librarian’s Voice: Benjamin Farr’s Book Week and the Power of Make-Believe

This is the first (and hopefully not the last) time that we have a Librarian’s Voice in our Academic Nook. We thought that this would be an especially brilliant touch given that our current bimonthly theme is Dusty Bookshelves and Library Loot until the middle of September. We are so privileged that Benjamin Farr, Librarian …

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Academic Nook: Three Asian Immigrant Experience – Marginalization, Identity, Migrant Labor

An Indian child with money just enough for a card wishes to celebrate Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom. But the child is assaulted with the harsh and heartless commercialization of Mother’s Day which marginalizes minority Moms. Why would a card company bother to make cards for minorities? That would be bad business. “What’s your …

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Academic Nook: Revisiting Harry Potter [from the lenses of an archaeologist/social scientist]

Finally after ten years I decided to read the Harry Potter series. I watched all movies but to be honest I never understood any of it. It was not the genre that I particularly like. My rationale was: there are many concerns in the world and I do not want to burden myself with another …

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