Monday, October 24, 2016

Trick or treat: a history of Halloween (EBOOK)

Campus might seem a little more spooky today than normal. You may have seen a cloak laden vampire or come across a zombie or two while walking the halls near the Distance Learning office. It all might seem quite peculiar, and you might wonder what possesses people to dress up and decorate in such an eerily, creepy way.  In the book Trick or treat: a history of Halloween Lisa Morton traces the unique American holiday to its Celtic and European Catholic origins as a harvest festival and celebration or saints to its modern day expressions through popular culture and of course trick or treating. The book also looks to the future as the spirit of Halloween spreads beyond the US borders to other countries and cultures.

Only students brave enough, or perhaps those interested in History and Sociology should read this eBook

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Political World of Bob Dylan [EBOOK]

Earlier this week American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan became the 2016 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

In the Political World of Bob Dylan (2014) the authors discuss the development of Dylan as a lyricist and cultural icon in terms of historical, theological, and political terms.   

UNT Dallas students can read this book by clicking on the link above. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Learn more about "stop-and-frisk," as mentioned in Monday's first presidential debate

During the first presidential debate Monday night, Donald Trump brought up the topic of stop-and-frisk in his response to the question of healing the divide between communities of color and the police. He claimed that it "worked very well" in New York, and that it "brought the crime rate way down." Hillary Clinton responded to the topic of stop-and-frisk by saying that it "was found to be unconstitutional and, in part, because it was ineffective." Neither candidates' claims are completely accurate. Stop-and-frisk was a police tactic used in the 1990s as part of a larger, successful strategy to reduce crime, but it did not become a prominent tactic until a decade later. As to Clinton's claim, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that stop-and-frisk violated minorities' rights, and its implementation was unconstitutional for singling out minorities.

Stop and Frisk: The Use and Abuse of a Controversial Policing Tactic by Michael D. White and Henry F. Fradella argues that not only does stop and frisk have a legal place in 21st-century policing, but also that it can be judiciously used to help deter crime in a way that respects the rights and needs of citizens. The book also offers insight into the history of racial injustice that has all too often been a feature of American policing’s history and proposes concrete strategies that every police department can follow to improve the way they police.

You can read this eBook and more through the UNT Dallas Library catalog.