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  • Professor Joseph Laycock's newest publication Dangerous Games explores both the history and the sociological significance of the 1980s moral panic over fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons.  Professor Laycock is an expert on presentions of Religion in Popular Culture.

    "Joseph P. Laycock's book delves into the minds of both avid gamers and evangelical Christians and returns with surprising and unsettling conclusions. Gaming, Laycock shows, teaches social and psychological strategies to resist cultural authority and to view reality from radically new perspectives. This book affirms the transformational power that motivates this increasingly popular activity, and thus it is essential reading for scholars of both contemporary popular culture and American religions."—Bill Ellis, Professor Emeritus, English and American Studies, Pennsylvania State University

  • Steve Bein, one of the newest members of our department, celebrates the publication of his novel Disciple of the Wind , the third book in his Fated Blades series.

    “Bein’s gripping debut is a meticulously researched, highly detailed blend of urban and historical fantasy set in modern Tokyo.…Bein’s scrupulous attention to verisimilitude helps bring all the settings to life, respectfully showcasing Japan’s distinctive cultures and attitudes.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • "To a world assaulted by private interests, this book argues that peace must be a public thing."

    Professor Greg Moses has co-edited a new collection of essays, Peace Philosophy and Public Life with Gail Presby, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Detroit-Mercy. The book is part of the Value Inquiry Book Series.