BookCoverImageRecent books by Rhodes Scholars

From Rhodes Newsletter, October, 2013

The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy by Jennifer Bradley (Texas & Balliol 1992) and Bruce Katz, examines how cities and metropolitan areas are working to solve some of the main issues which face the United States of America.

Harold Innis and the North: Appraisals and Contestations edited by William Buxton (Alberta & St John’s College 1971), considers Innis’s intense and abiding interest in the Canadian North.

Earthly Mission: The Catholic Church and World Development by Robert Calderisi (Québec & St Peter’s 1968) considers the paradoxes of the Catholic Church’s role in the developing world over the past 60 years.

The Judgement Game by Charalee Graydon (Prairies & Wadham 1982), is a work of fiction which provides a series of vignettes to allow you to take part in the criminal and civil justice systems of your country, ‘Torcia’.

Black Ghosts by Ken Kamoche (Kenya & St Catherine’s 1988), is a novel set in Zimbabwe and China, which was inspired by stories of Africans living in China in the 1980s.

‘Instincts to lead’: on leadership, peace, and education by Don Markwell (Queensland & Trinity 1981), discusses how good leadership can be promoted, drawing on examples of leaders from Nelson Mandela to Margaret Thatcher, as well as other leaders in politics, education, culture, intellectual thought, and more.

The Treacherous Imagination: Intimacy, Ethics, and Autobiographical Fiction and Once We Had a Country both by Robert McGill (Ontario & Wadham 1999). The former argues contemporary autobiographical fiction channels a widespread ambivalence about the value of telling all in a confessional age. The latter is a novel set in the summer of 1972, dealing with the gap between ideals and reality.

Mission in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently-and Succeeding by Barry Nalebuff (Massachusetts & Nuffield 1980), Seth Goldman and Sungyoon Choi (Illustrator), is a graphic-book format which tells the story of the cofounders of Honest Tea.

Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era by Joseph Nye (New Jersey & Exeter 1958), examines the foreign policy decisions of the presidents who presided over the most critical phases of America’s rise to world primacy in the twentieth century.

Empire of scholars: Universities, networks and the British academic world, 1850–1939 by Tamson Pietsch (Australia-at-Large & New College 2003), considers how universities operate within an entangled world of international scholarly connection, and looks at the networks that linked academics across the colonial world in the age of ‘Victorian’ globalization.

Pakistan’s Experience with Formal Law by Osama Siddique (Pakistan & Corpus Christi 1992), presents a typology of Pakistani approaches to law reform and critically evaluates the IFI-funded single-minded pursuit of ‘efficiency’ during the last decade.

Futbol – Nieves Estraje

This painting shows the beauty of sport,  melding cubism with a touch of abstract art. Ms Estraje uses her medium with skill and definition and chooses colours that display the elegance of the sport she has chosen to show us.

I provide a quote from Mary Acton, an English writer who has written the book, ¨Learning to Look at Modern Art¨, published in 2004 by Routledge. In one chapter of this book, Ms. Acton wrote about light and colour, indicating that the fascination with painting light in terms of colour is largely a nineteenth-century phenomenon.  She indicates that it is seen at its best in the work of artists like Turner and the impressionists. She indicates that it was not only helped by Turner´s understanding of science but also with his technical expertise with watercolour.    Mary Acton wrote about Turner´s great watercolours of the 1840´s  which allowed the form of buildings to loom forward in an astonishingly three-dimensional way and appear to float on the surface of the water. This expertise can also be seen in Nieves Estraje´s watercolour paintings. The figures in her work futbol similarly move forward and capture the sense and dynamism of the sport.

One looks  forward to more of Ms. Estraje´s sports series.

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Polo -Nieves Estaje

Our Argentinian and Spanish award winning artist Nieves Estaje returns to charaleeg´s Word Press Art Chat

Her work brings a sense of feeling and warmth for the viewer to enjoy. The work, Polo, is reminiscent of the paintings of Paolo Uccello and his focus on the importance of perspective.  Nieves captures Uccello´s style which is brought to the 21st century with the elements of the light and subtlety employed by Edgar Degas in his impressionist works. Again of the importance of perspective,  sculpturing and conveying a sense of balance in Degas works, Woman Bathing in a Shallow Tub, 1885 and The Parade, also known as Race Horses in front of the Tribunes Circa 1866-1868 show similarities in style to Estaje´s painting.

See links for:

The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello

Woman bathing in a Shallow Tub

The Parade

Polo © Nieves Estaje

Polo 2

Recent Amazon Customer Comment – The Judgement Game

4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book with realistic cases to resolve, October 10, 2013
Sarah  (Montpellier, France)

This review is from: The Judgement Game (Paperback)

I bought this book at the book launch in Montpellier, France. I was hooked because during the launch we played one of the games in the book. It was a short vignette about prison guard brutality and we had to decide if a trap had been set for the lawyer going to visit the prisoner who had made the allegations. At the end of the vignette there was a series of questions to make us think about who was the target of the trap – the prisoner or the lawyer; whether it would be regrettable if the inmate or the lawyer was caught in the trap; and what the public would think.

It was a piquant taster of the book which has cases on obsession, addiction, breach of trust, family affairs and so on. Each little case is based on a number of real life cases that the author has come across in her career as a lawyer. She is eminently qualified to write this book having practised law for many years as well as holding academic positions.

As a result, the case studies are interesting and, as in real life, are not always easy to resolve. You have to decide what the issues are, what’s gone wrong, and what should be done about it. At the end of the book you can help the appropriately named fictional country of Torcia build a criminal justice system that reflects the modern world.

Technical terms such as restorative justice are explained, as are sentencing concepts such as absolute or conditional discharges, fines, probation or incarceration. It’s very realistic and the book should be required reading for all young adults interested in studying law. It’s also fascinating for anyone with an interest in justice who’d like to get to grips with resolving cases. There’s certainly enough to get your teeth into, with murder, rape, domestic violence, assault, theft, etc.

At the time of writing this, I know the author is planning on putting the questions online in a survey so you’ll be able to answer them and be part of a Judgement Game community. This will be excellent for those not wanting to deface their book, and know what others think about the different issues.