Washington State Magazine

New & Noteworthy for Winter 2014

by David Leonard ::

After Artest

After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness by David J. Leonard  SUNY Press, 2012 :: After a brawl at a Pistons-Pacers game in 2004, the NBA adopted policies to govern black players and prevent them from embracing styles and personas associated with blackness. This book by Leonard, associate professor of critical culture, gender, and race studies at Washington State University, discloses connections between the NBA’s discourse and the broader discourse of anti-black racism.

Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages Timothy A. Kohler (editor), Mark D. Varien (editor)  University of California Press, 2012 :: This book examines how climate change, population size, interpersonal conflict, resource depression, and changing social organization contributed to the rise and collapse of large ancestral Pueblo farmers’ villages in the central Mesa Verde region of Southwest Colorado between A.D. 600 and 1280. Co-editor Kohler is a Regents Professor in anthropology at Washington State University.

Another Autumn by Yvonne Higgins Leach ’83  2014 :: Leach’s first collection of poems covers family, love, loss, community, work, separation, and connection through images of seasons.

Categories: Cultural studies, Poetry, Anthropology | Tags: African Americans, Basketball, Southwest United States