Recommended Reading: Faculty Share Their Favorite Books for Summer Vacation

Recommended Reading: Faculty Share Their Favorite Books for Summer Vacation


Looking for a plane book, a beach book or to learn something new? UD faculty share some of their current reads and old favorites:

"The Conjurer's Bird: A Novel" by Martin Davies
Recommended by Eileen Gregory, professor of English

Weaving together two plotlinesone following an 18th century naturalist, the other a contemporary one, "The Conjurer's Bird" follows the struggle to identify an unusual bird discovered during Captain James Cook's second expedition to the South Seas.

"I like it because it has a two-tier plotone set in the present, the other in the pastand it is a kind of mystery story," said Gregory.

"This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information" by Andy Greenberg
Recommended by Brett Landry, associate dean and associate professor of cybersecurity in the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business

Forbes journalist Andy Greenberg tracks the history of hacker and activist movements from the 1970s to contemporary organizations like WikiLeaks and Anonymous, with special emphasis on the evolution of whistleblowing.

"Struggle for Empire: Kingship and Conflict under Louis the German, 817-876" by Eric J. Goldberg
Recommended by Kelly Gibson, assistant professor of history

This biography of Charlemagne's grandson, Louis the German, brings to light many aspects of ninth-century life as it traces King Louis' wars against his brothers and neighboring peoples and attempts to maintain power.

"It is thoroughly researched, based on all the available sources for this period, but very readable and excitinga great way to learn about a period of time usually seen as the decline of the Carolingian empire after the time of Charlemagne," said Gibson.

"The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods" by A.G. Sertillanges
Recommended by Gerard Wegemer, professor of English

A French Dominican philosopher exiled from six countries during World War I and II, Sertillanges offers practical suggestions for fostering the vocation to the intellectual life.

"As a Dominican, Sertillanges brings to bear 700 years of reflection and experience in the tradition of Thomas Aquinas' 'Principles of Study,'" said Wegemer.



UD Presents: 'Dwelling: Paintings by Peter Ligon and Layla Luna'

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition featuring two Dallas/Fort Worth area artists, Peter Ligon and Layla Luna, who articulate the architectural styling of dwelling spaces in their paintings. Both artists will give presentations at an opening reception on Friday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Haggar Art History Auditorium located in the Haggerty Art Village on the University of Dallas’ Irving campus.

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Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

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