Faculty and Alumni Books


After the Beautiful: Hegel and the Philosophy of Pictorial Modernism (The University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Robert Pippin, the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought, Philosophy, and in the College, examines modernist paintings by artists such as Édouard Manet and Paul Cézanne through the lens of Hegel. Although Hegel died before the modernist era, he argued that art involves the expression of a distinct collective self-understanding that develops through time. Pippin seeks the significance of modernism itself and what it means in general for art to have a history.


Apes and Human Evolution (Harvard University Press, 2014)


In his book, anthropology professor Russell H. Tuttle analyzes research on primate evolution to explain how apes and humans evolved in relation to one another. Tuttle, who refutes the theory that humans are sophisticated but instinctively destructive beings, said in the Jan–Feb/14 University of Chicago Magazine that what differentiates apes from humans is the latter’s ability to convey information and share ideas.


A Treatise on Migration: National and International (CreateSpace, 2014)


In this interdisciplinary textbook on internal and international human migration, professor emeritus of sociology Donald J. Bogue (1918–2014) demonstrates that environmental differences will influence an eventual solution to current migration problems, depending on the often confrontational interactions between migrants and natives.


Through the Lens of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (Honoring the Heart Publishing, 2013)


Vinita Moch Ricks, AM’74, formerly a professor of psychology and the social sciences at Harold Washington College, examines heretofore-unacknowledged policies and mind-sets from the transatlantic slave trade (1444–1888) and how they continue to perpetuate injustices and instability in the world today.


Varieties of Personal Theology: Charting the Beliefs and Values of American Young Adults (Ashgate, 2013)


Working from the premise that all human beings are folk theologians, David Gortner, PhD’04 (Psychology), through interviews and surveys, regards 18- to 25-year-olds as young theologians who wrestle with fundamental questions of place, purpose, and ultimate aims in life regardless of religious background. Gortner is the director of the Doctor of Ministry programs and professor of evangelism and congregational studies at Virginia Theological Seminary.