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Sabbatical Showcase & Book Launch Celebration

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies celebrated six recent book publications from the following faculty members:

  • Craig Benjamin, professor of history, honors college: his book, Empires of Ancient Eurasia: The First Silk Roads Era, 100 BCE–250 CE. Cambridge University Press, 2018.

  • Jeremiah Cataldo, associate professor of history, honors college. A Social-Political History of Monotheism: From Judah to the Byzantines. Routledge, 2018.

  • Roger Gilles, professor of writing and director of the Frederik Meijer Honors College: his book, Women on the Move: The Forgotten Era of Women’s Bicycle Racing. University of Nebraska Press, 2018.

  • Cáel Keegan, assistant professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies and liberal studies: his book, Lana and Lilly  Wachowski  : Sensing Transgender. The University of Illinois Press, 2018

  • Jack Mangala, professor of area and global studies, and political science: his book, Africa and its Global Diaspora: The Policy and Politics of Emigration. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

  • Kim McKee, assistant professor of liberal studies and director of the Kutsche Office of Local History: her book, Disrupting Kinship: Transnational Politics of Korean Adoption in the United States. The University of Illinois Press, 2019.

This event was hosted in Brooks College's new Interdisciplinary Salon, located in Lake Ontario Hall, Room 163. The Interdisciplinary Salon is a new space to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and inquiry within Brooks College and across Grand Valley State University on issues of academic and social importance. For more information on the Salon visit

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