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FSU Faculty Authors to Discuss Publishing Process

Faculty members in the Frostburg State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who have recently published books will present a panel discussion about that process on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Manicur Assembly Hall in Lane University Center.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. Philip Allen, former dean of the FSU School of Arts and Sciences and author or editor of numerous books, will moderate the discussion.

Authors/faculty members scheduled to appear include:

· Brad Barkley, English, author of the novel "Money, Love," which was recognized by Barnes and Noble Bookseller's Discover Great New Writers program. He previously published a collection of short stories, and his second novel, "Alison's Automotive Manual," is due to be published in February by St. Martin's Press. He also has a contract for a second collection of stories.

· George White, Geography, author of "Nationalism and Territory: Constructing Group in Southeastern Europe," a book that came out of his research interests dealing with identity, specifically national identity, and its connection to place and territory, especially East Central Europe.

· Paul Charney, History, author of "Indian Society in the Valley of Lima, Peru, 1532-1824," which is an extension of his research focus on Latin American history and Native American peoples. His specialty has allowed him time to travel and live abroad, especially Peru, Bolivia and Spain.

· Robert Moore, editor of and contributor to "The Quality and Quantity of Contact: African Americans and Whites on College Campuses," in which contributors from nearly 20 academic institutions explore interracial contact on predominantly white campuses across the nation. Moore's recent research has been on interracial dating on college campuses as well as social problems in rural America. His future research will examine the relationships between social behavior and situational contexts and their intersections with issues related to racial identity.

· Frank Parks, English, who says he has more books out of print than in print. He is co-author of the textbook, "Structuring Paragraphs and Essays," which is in its fifth edition. His previous co-authored books on writing are "Organizational Writing" and "The Complete Writer's Guide: Questions of Language." He also co-edited a collection of essays on Maryland life and culture, "Maryland: Unity and Diversity." Parks has been honored by FSU for teaching, scholarship and service, and was nominated for a national teaching award.

· Thomas Mappes, Philosophy, co-editor of "Social Ethics: Morality and Social Policy," a textbook in its sixth edition, and "Biomedical Ethics," a text in its fifth edition. One of his essays, "Sexual Morality and the Concept of Sexually Using Another Person," has been reprinted in several ethics textbooks. Mappes' research in biomedical ethics has recently been focused on problems associated with advance directives.

· Barbara Hurd, English, author of a collection of essays, "Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs and Human Imagination" - chosen as a best book of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times -- and a collection of poems, "Objects in this Mirror." A second book of essays, this one on caves, is forthcoming. Her essays and poems have appeared in numerous journals and collections, including "Best American Essays 1999," and "Best American Essays 2001." The recipient of the 2002 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction, as well as numerous other awards for her writing, she is the Wilson H. Elkins Professor at FSU.

· Judy Pula, English, is the co-author of "Controversy: Issues for Reading and Writing," a discussion-based critical reading and composition text promoting higher-order thinking skills. It is in its second edition. Her educational specialties include the teaching of reading, composition and students with learning disabilities. She is the organizer of the panel discussion, the idea for which grew out of her recent sabbatical work.

For information, contact Pula at the Department of English, (301) 687-4221. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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