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Rachel Sullivan Robinson ’99
Intimate Interventions in Global Health
Cambridge University Press

In her new book, sociologist and demographer Robinson looks to sub-Saharan Africa to draw often-overlooked global and local parallels between the resources, discourses, and strategies used to promote family planning and those used to prevent HIV—and how the former influenced the latter. “By recognizing the similarities between preventing pregnancy and preventing HIV,” she writes, “we are able to reach broader conclusions about why and how countries respond to health problems.”


David Sobel ’87
From Valuing to Value
Oxford University Press

Sobel, the Guttag Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at Syracuse University, collects 20 years—and counting—of his papers articulating and defending subjectivism: the idea that things have value because we value them. “This book aspires to sketch the main contours of the long and winding road from valuing to value,” he writes, “and to start to make a case that the road is sound and bridges that have been purported to be impassable are in fact repairable.”


Jean-Jacques Malo, editor
W.D. Ehrhart [’73] in Conversation

Called “the poet of the Vietnam War” by Pulitzer winner Studs Terkel, W.D. Ehrhart ’73 has long been a prized subject, including in the 2017 miniseries The Vietnam War. And yet only a few major interviews have been published. This collection gives a richer glimpse of the man. “I’d dynamite every war memorial in the United States of America,” he tells one interviewer. “We ought to memorialize people and events worthy of memorialization.”


Marilyn Mathews Bendiksen ’59
On Being Called
Zion Publishing

“I have always been grateful to have been your elder daughter,” Bendiksen writes in this tenderly crafted, deeply researched biography of her late father, the Rev. Charles Mathews. A passionate theologian and spiritual seeker in her own right, Bendiksen examines how her father’s wisdom deepened over a lifetime that spanned five dramatic decades, and how his faith continues to shape her own. “He left us knowing who he was and how his life mattered,” she concludes.