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Elizabeth Eisenstein (October 11, 1923 – January 31, 2016)

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 17, 2016 - 3:10pm

Elizabeth Eisenstein (October 11, 1923 – January 31, 2016) -- 3 tributes from Princeton Research Forum

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Obituary: Janis Edwards

Submitted by syntaxfactory on December 16, 2015 - 2:55pm

Obituary: Dr. Janis Edwards

On November 22, 2015, Dr. Janis Edwards, Associate Professor Emerita in
the Department of Communication Studies, at The University of Alabama,
passed away after an extended illness. She was 66 years old.

She did not live to see the first woman president, yet she was able to
write and to edit essential works charting that increasing possibility.
She did not have a vast network of friends, yet had a smaller cadre of
people who loved her warmly and deeply. She was not always pleased with


Benedict Anderson

Submitted by syntaxfactory on December 15, 2015 - 2:52pm

Benedict Anderson, "a hugely respected author and scholar" whose best-known book, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, was first published by Verso in 1983 and became "an instant classic," died December 12. He was 79.


Obituary- Bruce Gronbeck

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 11, 2014 - 1:22pm

John Bowers (submitter),

Obituary- Bruce Gronbeck

I learned from the University of Iowa that Bruce Gronbeck died last
night. He and Wendy were in Iowa City where Iowa was honoring Bruce with
an alumni award.

As it happens, I had been asked to contribute a few words to that
occasion. Here they are:

I've known Bruce Gronbeck since 1963. He came to Iowa as a beginning
graduate student, and I was starting my second year on the faculty. He
took a course or two from me, and I was a member of his doctoral


JAMAICAN CULTURAL theorist Stuart Hall has died aged 82, according to reports.

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 10, 2014 - 7:22am

JAMAICAN CULTURAL theorist Stuart Hall has died aged 82, according to reports.

Hall, who grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, studied at Oxford and emerged as one of the Britain's leading sociologists.

Last autumn, Hall was brought to the big screen, in The Stuart Hall Project, a documentary and labour of love from acclaimed director John Akomfrah, for whom the academic is a personal hero.


The Original "Rain Man" Dead at 58

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 22, 2009 - 10:24am

Obituary here. Rain Man came out shortly before our two sons, Nick and Daniel, were diagnosed with autism. At times I have thought that the film and Kim Peek's fame might do people with autism a disservice, since so very few autistic children have savant qualities (Nick has savant-like qualities about Warner Brothers cartoons), but I doubt that autism would have become "interesting" without Rain Man.


Updike at Rest

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 27, 2009 - 2:59pm

John Updike died today at 76, after a long battle with lung cancer. I reread most of his novels and all his short stories last year, and was struck how well his work holds up. I remember reading Pigeon Feathers and The Centaur when I was in junior high school. His small town Olinger, PA, was a good deal like my own, and his ability to make something out of small town Protestant life, as well as his own strong religious beliefs, were a real inspiration to me.