Peter Kivisto (Soc/Anth/Soc Welfare) and Johanna Leinonen (University of Turku) have just published "Representing Race: Ongoing Uncertaintites about Finnish American Racial Identity" in the Journal of American Ethnic History (vol. 31, no. 1, Fall 2011). Alex Ross, the music critic for the New Yorker magazine, commenting on a prepublication version of the paper called it "very instructive and absorbing." Why would Ross read and comment on an article on Finnish immigrants? You'll have to read it to find out.
Dan Lee's (Religion Dept.) tenth book, entitled Letters from a Sailor: American at War 1917-1918, was recently released by Lexington Books, a subsidiary of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. The book is based on 85 letters written by Conrad Lyman Ostroot, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. The letters recount his experiences at boot camp at the U.S. Naval Training Station on Yerba Buena Island (popularly known as Goat Island) in San Francisco Bay, on a long train trip across the country as he travels to Boston for radio school on the campus of Harvard University, at a wireless radiotelephone school in New London, Connecticut, and at Fort H.G. Wright on Fishers Island, where he is assigned to a listening station that monitors ship traffic to and from New York Harbor. He repeatedly expresses a desire to go "over the pond" and have "a chance at Fritz" and is exhilarated when he finally gets orders to go to England and help set up a listening station to monitor German submarine activity. After spending a few days in New York, where he sees the sights and takes in Broadway shows, he ships out on September 29, 1918, aboard the HMT Caronia, a British troop transport. The narrative ends on a heartbreaking note. Conrad's desire to "have a chance at Fritz" was not to be realized. Twelve days after the last letter, he dies of the Spanish flu aboard the HMT Caronia en route to England and is buried at sea. Katherine G. Aiken, Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Idaho, observes, "The often poignant letters will resonate with members of the armed forces and their families as Ostroot's emotions, fears and concerns are timeless."
Kristy Nabhan-Warren's (Religion Dept.) essay "La Virgen, She Watches Over Us': What Cholos and Cholas Can Teach Us About Researching and Writing About Religion" was just published as chapter 8 in The Study of Children in Religions: A Methods Handbook, ed. Susan B. Ridgely (New York University Press, 2011). Kristy's essay is based on ethnographic research she conducted in South Phoenex, Arizona.