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Featured eBook: The handbook of critical intercultural communication

January 27th, 2012 by David Michalski

The handbook of critical intercultural communication
edited by Thomas K. Nakayama and Rona Tamiko Halualani
Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

Online link { Wiley Online Library. Restricted to UC campuses } ;

Critical Intercultural Communication Studies (pages 1–16)
Rona Tamiko Halualani and Thomas K. Nakayama

Part I: Critical Junctures and Reflections in Our Field – A Revisiting

Writing the Intellectual History of Intercultural Communication (pages 21–33)
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz

Critical Reflections on Culture and Critical Intercultural Communication (pages 34–52)
Dreama G. Moon

Reflecting Upon “Enlarging Conceptual Boundaries: A Critique of Research in Intercultural Communication” (pages 53–58)
Alberto González

Intercultural Communication and Dialectics Revisited (pages 59–83)
Judith N. Martin and Thomas K. Nakayama

Reflections on “Problematizing ‘Nation’ in Intercultural Communication Research” (pages 84–97)
Kent A. Ono

Reflections on “Bridging Paradigms: How not to Throw out the Baby of Collective Representation with the Functionalist Bathwater in Critical Intercultural Communication” (pages 98–111)
S. Lily Mendoza

Revisiting the Borderlands of Critical Intercultural Communication (pages 112–129)
Leda Cooks

Expanding the Circumference of Intercultural Communication Study (pages 130–146)
William J. Starosta and Guo-Ming Chen

Part II: Critical Dimensions in Intercultural Communication Studies
You have free access to this contentPart Introduction (pages 147–148)

Internationalizing Critical Race Communication Studies (pages 149–170)
Raka Shome

Re-Imagining Intercultural Communication in the Context of Globalization (pages 171–189)
Kathryn Sorrells

Culture as Text and Culture as Theory (pages 190–215)
Yoshitaka Miike

Entering the Inter (pages 216–226)
Aimee Carrillo Rowe

Speaking of Difference (pages 227–247)
Crispin Thurlow

Speaking Against the Hegemony of English (pages 248–269)
Yukio Tsuda

Coculturation (pages 270–285)
Melissa L. Curtin

Public Memories in the Shadow of the Other (pages 286–310)
Jolanta A. Drzewiecka

Critical Intercultural Communication, Remembrances of George Washington Williams, and the Rediscovery of Léopold II’s “Crimes Against Humanity” (pages 311–331)
Marouf Hasian

Part III: Critical Topics in Intercultural Communication Studies

Situating Gender in Critical Intercultural Communication Studies (pages 335–347)
Lara Lengel and Scott C. Martin

Identity and Difference (pages 348–363)
Ronald L. Jackson and Jamie Moshin

Br(other) in the Classroom (pages 364–381)
Bryant Keith Alexander

When Frankness Goes Funky (pages 382–399)
Jim Perkinson

Iterative Hesitancies and Latinidad (pages 400–416)
Bernadette Marie Calafell and Shane T. Moreman

We Got Game (pages 417–445)
Lisa A. Flores, Karen Lee Ashcraft and Tracy Marafiote

It Really Isn’t about you (pages 446–460)
John T. Warren

Critical Reflections on a Pedagogy of Ability (pages 461–471)
Deanna L. Fassett

The Scarlet Letter, Vigilantism, and the Politics of Sadism (pages 472–482)
Richard Morris

Authenticity and Identity in the Portable Homeland (pages 483–494)
Victoria Chen

Layers of Nikkei (pages 495–516)
Etsuko Kinefuchi

Placing South Asian Digital Diasporas in Second Life (pages 517–533)
Radhika Gajjala

“The Creed of the White Kid” (pages 534–548)
Melissa Steyn

A Critical Reflection on an Intercultural Communication Workshop (pages 549–564)
Hsin-I Cheng

“Quit Whining and Tell me about your Experiences!” (pages 565–584)
Sara DeTurkt

A Proposal for Concerted Collaboration Between Critical Scholars of Intercultural and Organizational Communication (pages 585–592)
Brenda J. Allen

Conclusion (pages 593–600)
Thomas K. Nakayama and Rona Tamiko Halualani

Let Freedom Ring: New Books on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Civil Rights Movement

January 13th, 2012 by David Michalski

The University Library maintains research collections on civil rights and African American history. Here is a sampling of recent books on Dr. King, The African American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 70s’ and a few of the many reference sources.”

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (Chicago)

January 13th, 2012 by David Michalski

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) has a new online
collections search tool.  It is the culmination of two years of archival
surveying of African American primary source research materials in
locations throughout the Chicago region.  The search tool provides
researchers with one central location to view and explore descriptions of
the archival collections surveyed as part of the BMRC’s Survey Initiative.
To find out more about the survey project, or to search over 1100
collections represented in the database, visit the BMRC search tool at

Social Explorer license

January 12th, 2012 by

The library has licensed a new resource which provides easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information.

Social Explorer :

From the description:

The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to better illustrate, analyze and understand demography and social change. In addition to being a comprehensive data resource, Social Explorer also offers features and tools to meet the needs of both demography experts and novices. From research libraries to classrooms to the front page of the New York Times, Social Explorer is helping people engage with society and science.

Key content
  • Provides easy access to current and historical demographic data:
    • Including over 40 billion data elements, 200,000 variables and more than 18,000 interactive maps from 1790 to 2010.
    • The entire US Census from 1790 to 2000, plus the first 2010 census data release.
    • All annual updates from the American Community Survey.
    • InfoGroup data on religious congregations for the United States for 2009, including maps for counties, and special census areas, as well as point maps of the actual congregation locations (to be updated yearly).
    • The Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS) from 1980 to 2000. (To be updated in 2012.)
    • Carbon Emissions Data for 2002 from the Vulcan Project.
  • Creates thematic and interactive maps that make it easy to visually explore all historical and modern US census data across the centuries and even down to street level detail where available.
  • Creates reports at all geographic levels including the state, county, census tract, block group, zip code and census place (where the data exist).

Digital Humanities Resource Guide

January 10th, 2012 by David Michalski
This guide presents resources for exploring the digital humanities, ranging from the computational study of texts to the transformation of art and humanities through the use of digital media.

Social and Cultural Studies Workshop

January 6th, 2012 by David Michalski

Social and Cultural Studies Workshop

Thursday, February 16, 2012
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Place: Library Instruction Lab
Peter J. Shields Library, (1st floor, near Reserves Desk)

Instructor: David Michalski

Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates engaged in Social and Cultural Studies research projects are invited to attend these project-centered research workshops. Participants will how to effectively navigate and evaluate the social and cultural studies literature available to them at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:

* the latest in database searching and the tracking of academic journal literature,
* the uses of key reference sources in framing topics and in cross-disciplinary studies,
* the discovery and access issues in the location of relevant primary source material,
* and the general structure of scholarly communication in social and cultural studies.

These small group sessions allow time for individual consultations and guided searches, so participants are encouraged to bring along research problems and questions they have about the University Library. There is no need to sign up. Just drop in!


David Michalski, MLS, Ph.D.
Social and Cultural Studies Librarian
Humanities and Social Sciences Dept., 2nd Floor
Peter J. Shields Library
100 Northwest Quad,
University of California
Davis, CA 95616

Office Hours: Tues 10-12, & by appt.

Subject Librarian for: African & African American Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Community & Regional Development, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies.

Humanities and Social Sciences Consultation Desk Opens for Winter Quarter

January 6th, 2012 by David Michalski

The Humanities and Social Sciences Research and Consultation Service Desk (2nd Fl. Shields Library)

  • Beginning a research project in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences?
  • Need a orientation to the Resources, Research Tools, and Literature in your field of study?

Visit the Humanities and Social Sciences Reference Desk on the Second Floor of the Peter J. Shields Library this Winter Quarter. We are open Monday through Friday from 1-5pm

Librarians trained in the social sciences, humanities are available at this location to help with class assignments, term papers and advanced research projects.

Faculty, Instructors and Teaching Assistants,
We are ready to help your students:

  • Get the most out of their Library collections and services
  • Engage with the discourse of scholarly communication
  • Navigate with confidence changing information technology
  • Take advantage of the excellent framing and reference sources now available in their topic areas
  • Learn the best methods and tools available to conduct academic literature reviews
  • Discover and analyze data sources, the cultural record and current events
  • Effectively integrate both scholarly and primary source material into their research projects
  • Master the skills necessary for tracking down and recording citations
  • Better participate in academic discourse, by introducing new tools for comprehension and critical self-discovery

Please let your students know of this opportunity by mentioning the H/SS, Gov. Info . Consultation Desk in your classes and departments.

Additional Reference Service is also available on the first floor of Peter J. Shields Library from 10-6pm Monday through Friday, and by phone, email, chat or by appointment. See ASK for HELP ( )

New Issue of Journal of Transnational American Studies, edited by Hsuan L. Hsu

January 3rd, 2012 by David Michalski

New Issue of Journal of Transnational American Studies, edited by UC Davis Professor  

Hsuan L. Hsu

_The Journal of Transnational American Studies_ is a peer-reviewed online,
open-access journal published by the American Cultures and Global Contexts Center at the University of California-Santa Barbara andthe Program in American Studies at Stanford University.

JTAS 3.2 may be accessed without charge via UC’s eScholarship  platform at

This issue features our first Special Forum entitled “Circa 1898: Overseas Empire and Transnational American Studies,” guest-edited by Hsuan L. Hsu
(University of California, Davis, USA).  As the newest section of the journal, Special Forums are collections of critical responses to US transnational subjects, guest-edited by American Studies scholars and vetted by the editorial board.

JTAS 3.2 contains contributions from scholars based all around the globe with article topics as varied as Cecil B. DeMille’s film The Cheat and
Eastern European adoption.  Other topics range from an examination of Hannah Arendt’s transnationality to an ambitious call for “Deep Maps” in American
Studies, from an analysis of the turn-of-the-century publication Colored American Magazine to a transnational reading of John Updike’s 2006 novel Terrorist.

The journal also contains excerpts from newly published books in transnational American studies (in the Forward section),  and select re-publication of significant contributions to the  field (in the Reprise section).

JTAS welcomes submissions of articles and proposals for special forums.
Please consult the Call for Papers section of the website for details.

Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS)