Thursday, April 30, 2015  
Faulkner book explores poetic inquiry | Nwauwa edits book on legacy of Nigerian leaders
Sandra Faulkner in class
National Poetry Month
Faulkner uses poetry to translate family tales

There are many ways to investigate the world and our relationships within it. For Dr. Sandra Faulkner, a specialist in relational communication, poetry sometimes serves in a way that more conventional methods used by social scientists cannot.

Faulkner has recently published "Family Stories, Poetry and Women's Work: Knit Four, Frog One (Poems)." The book calls equally on her roles as a social scientist, poet and teacher, and draws from her familial roles of child, mother and spouse. It can be read purely for the poetry, as a study of patterns of family communication, as a teaching guide for a number of courses, or a combination of all three.

"I made the specific decision to publish it with an academic rather than a literary press," said Faulkner, director of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and a communication faculty member. She made the choice in part to affirm and demonstrate the "poetic inquiry" method, which melds art with social science. "The use of poetry allows a space to argue for the use of personal experience and critical work in the study of close relationships," she writes.


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Book explores succession of ineffective Nigerian leaders

Nigeria has a history of inept and corrupt leadership exacerbated by ethnic, religious and sectional biases. As the country's recent election has come to a close, ushering in a new leadership, a book co-edited by Dr. Apollos O. Nwauwa, history and director of the Africana studies program, examines 50-plus years of the country's leaders.

"Nigerian Political Leaders: Visions, Actions and Legacies," which Nwauwa co-edited with Julius O. Adekunle, offers a retrospective of the country's past political leaders and their legacies - good and bad. None of the current leaders are evaluated in this book, which is published by Goldline and Jacobs Publishing and available on Amazon.

The book was four years in the making, according to Nwauwa. Twenty seasoned scholars from the U.S. and Nigeria collaborated on the research and writings about the actions of Nigerian politicians. The various scholars selected respective leaders for research evaluation from a list of military and civilian leaders who were in powerful positions between 1962 and 2010.



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