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National Arts and Humanities Month - Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This month, we are pleased to support National Arts and Humanities Month, which runs in the USA throughout October. As our focus at Cambridge Scholars is on publishing original academic work in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and as many of our authors and readers are based in the United States, we are delighted to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month with them. As Barack Obama wrote in the Presidential Proclamation for last year’s event, “we rely on the arts and humanities to broaden our views and remind us of the truths that connect us”.

National Arts and Humanities Month is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. Every year since 1993, October has been designated as National Arts and Humanities Month with the aims of creating a national, state and local focus on the arts and humanities through the media; encouraging the active participation of individuals, as well as arts, humanities and other interested organisations nationwide; providing an opportunity for business, government and civic leaders to declare their support for the arts and humanities; and establishing a highly visible vehicle for raising public awareness about the arts and humanities. In towns and communities across America, arts organisations are planning and developing events, celebrations and innovative programming to highlight National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October.

To celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling related titles. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

Aspects of Transnational and Indigenous Cultures addresses the issues of place and mobility, aesthetics and politics, and identity and community, which have emerged in the framework of Global/Transnational American and Indigenous Studies. The volume conceptualizes a comparative/trans-national paradigm for crossing over national, regional and international boundaries and, in so doing, imagining a shared world of poetics and aesthetics in contemporary transnational scholarship. Professor Shelley Fisher Fishkin of Stanford University describes the book as a “ground-breaking volume [that] brings together prominent scholars to explore the ways in which transnational American studies, ethnic studies, global studies, and indigenous studies can productively complicate and inform each other. Every chapter bristles with unexpected juxtapositions, fresh comparative perspectives, and generative insights. A transformative contribution to scholarship.

Searching for the American Dream is a theoretical and practical exploration of genius loci. Beginning with John Dewey and an investigation into the importance of experiential learning, the book invites a range of scholars, curators, teachers and students to distil their experiences into a series of essays on the importance of ‘place’. From visiting the tenement museum in the Lower East Side in New York, to watching live history in the form of the Trial of Bridget Bishop in Salem, to having a private audience with state department officials, to attending an AFL-CIO meeting and taking classes with scholars in American studies, animal rights and education, Searching for the American Dream ‘takes you there’. At a time when university teachers are looking for ways to energise students who all too often are questioning the relevance of their degrees, this is a timely study. It explains the theory of experiential learning, and outlines the rewards available to the lecturer brave enough to take students out of the classroom and expose them to real world experiences. The ground-breaking feature of the book, however, is that it offers practical advice on how to plan, organise and conduct an international study tour.

As our social values (including race, gender, religion, sexuality, and class) change, our commemorations do, too. We Are What We Remember: The American Past Through Commemoration analyses current trends in the study of historical memory that are particularly relevant to our own presentour biases, our politics, our contextual momentand strive to name forgotten, overlooked, and denied pasts in traditional histories. Race, gender, and sexuality, for example, raise questions about our most treasured myths: where were the slaves at Jamestowne? How do women or lesbians protect and preserve their own histories, when no one else wants to write them? Our current social climate allows us to question authority, and especially the authoritative definitions of nation, patriotism, heroism, and belonging. How do we “un-commemorate” things that were “mis-commemorated” in the past? How do we repair the damage done by past commemorations? The chapters in this book examine these modern questions that entirely reimagine the landscape of commemoration as it has been practiced, and studied, before.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code HUMANITIES15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd November 2015.

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