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New Books by Fielding Students, Faculty, and Alumni (October 2014)

Posted on Wed, Oct 29, 2014

The following books, authored by members of the Fielding community, were published in September and October 2014. The collection includes nonfiction, fiction, and self-help titles and depicts the diverse knowledge and skills within the Fielding community.

NewRulesforWomenNew Rules for Women, by Anne Litwin, PhD (HOS ’08)

Organizational Development Consultant Dr. Anne Litwin recently published a book on gender dynamics that influence women’s workplace relationships. According to Litwin, research shows that many women struggle in their workplace relationships with other women. These struggles can be frustrating for women—and a bottom-line concern for employers. Litwin exposes the sources of confusion and misunderstanding between women colleagues and offers powerful tools for preventing and resolving conflict that result in better relationships, as well as increased productivity and retention.

The Story of Christianity, by Jean-Pierre Isbouts, DLitt (faculty)Christianity Cov v11 Stained Glass REV 335x400

In his fourth National Geographic book, faculty member Jean-Pierre Isbouts chronicles of Christian civilization from ancient Rome to today. Covering more than 2,000 years, from the birth of Jesus to the modern day, Isbouts examines the dynamic interplay of religion, politics, economics, and geography as they impacted the development and spread of Christianity. His thorough research weaves a historical narrative that provides context for biblical events without bias and with a deep respect for all traditions.

AstonishedEyeThe Astonished Eye, by Tracy Knight, PhD (PSY ’91)

Tracy Knight takes the story of one man's search for his identity and blends it into a tale of fantasy, mystery and science fiction, with all the charm of a modern American fable. Born and raised in Carthage, Illinois, Knight is a clinical psychologist and university professor at Western Illinois University. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies in a variety of genres, including suspense, mystery, science fiction, western, and horror. 

The Art of Activation, by Ramona Hollie-Major, EdD (ELC ’08)Art of Activation

In a world where self-doubt and pity run rampant, a group of authors have joined forces to enlighten readers in the ways of self-love and success. Dr. Hollie-Major is one of 24 writers who provide action steps to gaining success in business, attaining wealth, having loving and harmonious relationships, helping the less fortunate, or discovering personal health and wellness.


Recognize cover 2Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men, by H. Sharif Williams (HOD ’06)

This collection of short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, personal narratives, critical essays, and visual art produced by 61 bisexual men was co-edited by H. Sharif Williams (aka Dr. Herukhuti). He is an activist, researcher, artist, and founder of the Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality. As a revolutionary scholar, he promotes erotic empowerment, social justice, and ecological wellness as human rights.



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Tags: bisexuality, creativity, LGBTQ, religion, workers rights, organizational change, Organizational development, human development

Dr. Herukhuti Attends First-Ever White House Roundtable on Bisexuality

Posted on Fri, Nov 01, 2013

By Marianne McCarthy

On September 23, Dr. Herukhuti (Hameed S. Williams, HOD ’06) joined 30 leaders from the bisexual community at the first-ever White House roundtWhite House Roundtable on Bisexualityable discussion on Bisexuality in Washington, DC. The historic meeting was also attended by high-ranking federal governmental officials and representatives from national LGBTQ organizations, who met to discuss HIV/AIDS and other health issues, hate crimes, workplace discrimination, and domestic violence impact on bisexual communities.

As a clinical sociologist/sexologist and editorial board member of the Journal of Bisexuality, Dr. Herukhuti was invited to present information on HIV and its impact on bisexuals. His topic focused on the ways in which the lack of bisexual-specific HIV programs in research, prevention education, treatment, and care may be contributing to disparities among black and Latino men and women.

“Current HIV treatment focuses on black and Latino men who have sex with men and women as though they were gay men, or as though they were white gay men,” said Dr. Herukhuti.  “This may be the reason why we are missing the mark.”

wide view group shot at taskforce(Photo courtesy of Loraine Hutchins.)

Being a Scholar-Practitioner

Admittedly, Herukhuti didn’t accept the White House invitation with the agenda of pointing out these disparities. It was the research that led him there, and Herukhuti attributes that to being a scholar-practitioner—something that was nurtured and supported at Fielding Graduate University.

“Fielding helped me cultivate and develop a sense of practice—learning by doing and allowing an experience to inform one’s theory and allowing theory to inform one’s practice. With my co-presenters, I looked at existing research on disparities, allowed my conclusions to emerge from what I observed in the literature, and used my lived experience working and living in the field as a check. This provided a compelling message we could present to the policy makers in the room,” said Herukhuti.

Practicing Agency Helped Open Doors

Fielding also helped influence Dr. Herukhuti’s career by encouraging him to take ownership of his learning and practice agency. He sought resources in his own community and started attending the Grand Rounds at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University. These weekly presentations provide updates about the most current research related to HIV, sexuality, substance abuse, and socio-medical sciences.  After one of the sessions, a member of the center approached him and invited him to write a grant supplement to a National Institute of Mental Health research project. As a result, Herukhuti became a federally-funded graduate research assistant at the HIV Center where he received training and education in sex research, in particular, HIV social behavioral research.  He also received funding to conduct his own small scale study.

“Fielding's learning model created the structure and opportunity for me to take ownership of my learning, like going to a Grand Round, and ultimately led to my having a complementary relationship with another institution that I would not have had at traditional universities with their rigid borders,” said Herukhuti.

Working to Change Public Policy on Bisexuality

A respected faculty member at Goddard College in Vermont since 2007, Dr. Herukhuti also serves as Chair of the Goddard College Faculty Council, the voice of the faculty on academics at the college.  He is the founder of the Center for the Culture of Sexuality and Spirituality (aka Black Funk) which provides sex education, sexuality education, and relationship coaching.

Dr. Herukhuti is the author of Conjuring Black Funk: Notes on Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality, Volume 1. He is currently co-editing a bisexual anthology with Robyn Ochs, a Boston-based bisexual activist and educator. Due out next year, the anthology will include prose, poetry, creative non-fiction, visual work, and essays by cisgender and transgender bisexual men.

“We expect it to be a resource for bisexual men others to see the diversities, the complexities, the nuances, and the presences of bisexual men,” said Herukhuti. “And there aren’t a whole lot of those resources out there.”

In addition, Dr. Herukhuti said he will continue working with those who were present at the White House roundtable on bisexuality to help support the development of a more inclusive public policy relating to bisexuality.

Tags: change agent, HIV, bisexuality, AIDs, LGBTQ