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Presenting widely varying opinions on provocative topics,The Presence of Othersinvites every student to enter a dialogue with the readings and with accompanying commentaries from the editors, student writers, and experts in other disciplines and fields. Noted scholars Andrea A. Lunsford and John J. Ruszkiewicz whose takes on political and academic culture differ markedly have selected a range of visual and written texts that cover issues of importance in academic and public life, from education to ethics, science and technology to American cultural myths. With its diverse selection of ideas,The Presence of Othersencourages students to respond thoughtfully to arguments and to move toward excellence in articulating and supporting their own positions.
ANDREA A. LUNSFORD is Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University and also teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English. A past chair of CCCC, she has won the major publication awards in both the CCCC and MLA. For Bedford/St. Martin’s she is the author of The St. Martin’s Handbook, Sixth Edition (2007), Easy Writer, Third Edition (2006), and The Everyday Writer, Third Edition (2004); Everything’s an Argument, Fourth Edition (2007) with John J. Ruszkiewicz; and Everything’s an Argument (with Readings), Fourth Edition (2007) with John J. Ruszkiewicz and Keith Walters.
JOHN J. RUSZKIEWICZ is professor of rhetoric and composition and director of the division of rhetoric and composition at the University of Texas at Austin. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, he is the author of Everything’s an Argument and Everything’s an Argument with Readings (2007), with Andrea Lunsford and Keith Walters.
Table of Contents
1. On Reading and Thinking Critically
2. From Reading to Writing
Jennifer E. Smith, Questioning the Promises of Science [student essay]
]Rudy Rubio,The Gender Gap [student essay]
John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University
Mission Statements from The University of Minnesota; Morehouse College; The Evergreen State College; California State University, Monterey Bay; ]Berea College; and Thomas Aquinas College
Jon Spayde, Learning in the Key of Life [with commentary from Bonnie Sunstein, education professor]
Adrienne Rich, What Does a Woman Need to Know?
Jennifer L. Croissant, Can This Campus Be Bought?
Mike Rose, Lives on the Boundary
Michael Sokolove, Football Is a Sucker's Game
]Slate's College Makeover: Allison Gopnik, Let Them Solve Problems; K. Anthony Appiah, Learn Statistics. Go Abroad; and S. Georgia Nugent, Morality-Based Learning [annotated and with readers' response]
]John Tierney, Male Pride and Female Prejudice
]Christina Hoff Sommers, The War Against Boys
]Katha Pollitt, Girls Against Boys?
]Roland G. Fryer, Acting White [with commentary from Kareem Johnson, psychology professor]
Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool
Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
Stephen L. Carter, The Rules about the Rules
Jessica Cohen, Grade A: The Market for a Yale Woman's Eggs
Mark Clayton, A Whole Lot of Cheatin' Going On
Michael Pollan, An Animal's Place [with commentary from Jan Weber, documentary filmmaker]
]Kay S. Hymowitz, Scenes from the Exhibitionists
Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, The Making of a Divorce Culture
]Malcolm Gladwell, The Moral Hazard Myth [with commentary from Russell Kirby, public health professor]
]David Gratzer, Where Would You Rather Be Sick?
]Jane Mayer, Whatever It Takes [annotated and with readers' response]
]John Yoo, With ÒAll Necessary and Appropriate ForceÓ
]Nora Naranjo-Morse, Ta
5. Science and Technology
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
]Michael Chorost, My Bionic Quest for Bolero [annotated]
J. Michael Bishop, Enemies of Promise
Jeremy Rifkin, Biotech Century: Playing Ecological Roulette with Mother Nature's Designs
James Q. Wilson, Cars and Their Enemies
]Denise Grady, Struggling Back from War's Once-Deadly Wounds [with commentary from Michelle Gittler, physician]
]Gregg Easterbrook, The New Fundamentalism
]Bobby Henderson, ÒOpen Letter to the Kansas Board of Education,Ó from Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Web site
]Christine Rosen, The Image Culture [with commentary from Treena Crochet, art historian]
Sojourner Truth, Ain't I a Woman
]Andrew Sullivan, The End of Gay Culture
Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman
Dave Barry, Guys vs. Men [annotated and with readers' response]
Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me
]Tyina L. Steptoe, An Ode to Country Music from a Black Dixie Chick
Andre Dubus, Witness
Robert D. King, Should English Be the Law?
]Lynda Barry, Common Scents [with commentary from Donna Light-Donovan, biology teacher]
Bich Minh Nguyen, The Good Immigrant Student
]Sherman Alexie, What Sacagawea Means to Me [with commentary by Timothy Shannon, history professor]
Kevin Bradsher, Reptile Dreams
]Susanna Ashton, Making Peace with the Greeks
Langston Hughes, Theme for English B
7. American Cultural Myths
Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence
Frederick Douglass, What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?
]Dulce Pinz—n, photo essay on superheroes [color insert]
Margaret Atwood, A Letter to America
Philippe Legrain, Cultural Globalization Is Not Americanization
David Brooks, One Nation, Slightly Divisible [with commentary by Robert Bulman, sociology professor]
Barbara Kingsolver, And Our Flag Was Still There
]Mim Udovitch, Secret Society of the Starving [with commentary by Lisa Galynker, pyschologist]
Stephanie Coontz, The Way We Wish We Were
]Nicholas Lemann, In the Ruins
]John Leo, Free Inquiry? Not on Campus [annotated and with readers' response]
8. Business and Labor
Meridel Lesueur, Women and Work
Naomi Barko, The Other Gender Gap: Why Women Still Fail to Receive Comparable Wages for Comparable Work
Steven Pinker, From Gender [annotated and with readers' response]
bell hooks, Work Makes Life Sweet
Dagoberto Gilb, Work Union
]Eric Schlosser, The Most Dangerous Job [with commentary by Marjorie Butler, labor lawyer]
]James Surowiecki, Don't Do the Math [with commentary by Rosemary Cunningham, economics professor]