Dalton, Mary M., & Linda R. Linder. (Communication). Teacher TV: Seventy Years of Teachers on Television, 2nd ed. Peter Lang. 2020.
Koscak, Stephanie E. (History). Monarchy, Print Culture, and Reverence in Early Modern England: Picturing Royal Subjects (Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Cultures and Societies). Routledge. 2020.
Morosini, Roberta. (Spanish & Italian). Il mare salato. Il Mediterraneo di Dante, Petrarca e Boccaccio. Viella. 2020.
Several years ago, Professor of Communication Mary Dalton (’83) got an idea. Wouldn’t it be great to have a book of daily reflections on gratitude by different authors with diverse perspectives and reflecting different themes and emotional tones? The type of book you could pick up upon waking or before going to sleep to get a little inspiration?
She was busy with other projects and pushed the idea aside. But it just wouldn’t go away. She sent out a bunch of emails two-and-a-half years ago asking people to share their best story about gratitude in a few hundred words, and while the response was enthusiastic among initial contributors from the Wake Forest community, she was nowhere close to getting 366 stories.
Still, she kept going. “People had trusted me with their stories. In some cases, these were the most personal, painful, or defining stories of their lives, and I had to find a way to share them,” says Dalton. “I cast a wider net and looked beyond my colleagues and students–past and present–to my other friends, family members, professional colleagues outside of Wake Forest, classmates, and even some friends of friends to collect additional stories.”
The project was more difficult and time-consuming than Dalton imagined it would be, but her desire to share gratitude and her faith in Bill Kane and Library Partners Press (the publisher for her Critical Media Studies series of student essays on films and television series) kept her from calling it quits. She knew that if she could collect and edit all of the stories, Bill Kane would work his magic on the publishing end of things.
What is Dalton’s takeaway from the project? She sums it up in the introduction to the book, “We create the world around us with our thoughts and interactions. I believe our fundamental purpose here is to take care of one another. Pause for just a moment and think about how the world would look and feel if everyone, or at least more of us, approached daily life from this perspective – taking care of ourselves, others and the planet that sustains us – and if we did so with limitless gratitude.”
How can we make the world a better and more hospitable place? Maybe it starts with sharing stories that model a different way forward. Sharing Gratitude: Daily Reflections is available at Amazon for purchase in print and Kindle editions. The Kindle edition is free for members of Kindle Unlimited.
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Dalton, Mary M., Max Dosser, Katie Nelson, & Rebecca Steiner, Eds. (Communication). Critical Media Studies: Student Essays on Deadwood (Critical Media Studies, Vol. 2). Library Partners Press. May 2016.
Dalton, Mary M. & Laura R. Linder, Eds. (Communication). The Sitcom Reader: America Re-viewed, Still Skewed, 2nd ed. State University of New York Press. May 2016.
Echeverría, Andrea. (Romance Languages). El despertar de los awquis: Migración y utopia en la poesía de Gloria Mendoza y Boris Espezúa. Paracaídas Editores. May 2016.
Fogel, Daniel S. (Sustainability). Strategic Sustainability: A Natural Environmental Lens on Organizations and Management. Routledge. April 2016.
Lubin, David M. (Art). Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War. Oxford University Press. May 2016.
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The Provost’s Office awarded the following grants for fall 2015:
Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus
Tom Phillips, Words Awake2! A Literary Festival and Celebration of Wake Forest Writers and Writing, $5,000
Kevin Bowen, Wind Ensemble Commission and Guest Artist Residency for WFU Emerging Wind Band Composer Series, $ 4,000.
Melissa Harris-Perry and Marianne Magjuka, Ari Berman Address to Campus Student Leaders on Voting -Rights Issues, $3,868
Jeff Holdridge and Ryan Shirey, Campus Visit and Public Reading by Ciaran Carson, $2,992
Elizabeth Clendinning and Brandon Robinson, Perspectives on Integration: Music at Little Rock Central High and Beyond, $2,000
Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence
Christina Soriano, Dani Kim-Shapiro, Stephen Krichevsky, Kate Mewhinney, Aging Re-imagined: Art Science and Policy, $10,000
Mary Dalton, Teachers, Teaching, and the Movies Conference, $10,000
Sandeep Mazunder, Liberal Arts Macroeconomic Workshop, $5,574.34
Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, Cross-Disciplinary Collaborative Project with Performance Outcomes, $4,750
Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation
Sunggu Yang and Veronice Miles, Festival Week of Prophetic Ministry, $5,000
Hu Womack, Writers Camp @ZSR, $1,496
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