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Press Release: Chappell, Chicago’s Urban Nature

June 19, 2008
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Press Release: Chappell, Chicago’s Urban Nature

New in Paperback—Chicago. In the early twentieth century, the mere mention of the name conjured images of stockyards and steel mills, industry and immigration—a sooty mecca for industrialists and laborers who invented and built the American city. Fast-forward one hundred years and you find Chicago at the forefront of another revolution—this time leading the charge to green city spaces. Since 1989, hundreds of thousands of trees have been planted, miles of historic boulevards renovated, and “green roofs” built on over two hundred buildings. Through these efforts and others, Chicago is now known as an innovative force in a global urban greening movement. Chicago’s Urban Nature is a beautifully illustrated guide to the evolution of this green city. At the heart of “urban nature,” Sally A. Kitt Chappell demonstrates, is the idea of connection, bringing together buildings and landscapes, culture and nature. With Chicago’s Urban Nature in hand, you’ll see those connections woven through the fabric of the city. Read the press release. . . .

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Press Release: Wikan, In Honor of Fadime

May 5, 2008
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Press Release: Wikan, In Honor of Fadime

According to Human Rights Watch, honor killings are acts of murder committed by men against female family members who are believed to have brought shame upon their family. A woman can be targeted as such for refusing to enter an arranged marriage, for being the victim of a sexual assault, for seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or for even allegedly committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that dishonors her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life. And that’s tragically far too often the case. The United Nations estimates that at least 5,000 women each year fall victim to honor killings. In this unflinching exploration, Unni Wikan places this heinous phenomenon beneath the lens of one case study, the notorious murder of Fadime Sahindal. For choosing a lover outside of her Kurdish community, Fadime was brutally shot and killed by her father at point blank range in front of her mother and younger sister. Wikan uses this murder and the sensational trial that followed to upset our pat assumptions about honor killings and to bring the factors that inspire them into clearer focus. Here Wikan argues that these killings are . . .

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