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Off the Shelf
Kerry Gleason, '82,
signed an exclu-
sive one-year first-look agreement with
Main Man Films of Englewood, Colo., for
his award-winning screenplay about the in-
spirational life of 19th-century civil rights pi-
oneer Frederick Douglass.
While details of the
deal are confidential,
Gleason said he will re-
tain the role as
Titled "North Star: The
Life of Frederick Dou-
glass," the script earned
Best Screenplay honors
at the Buffalo Niagara
Film Festival in 2009. The
award was bestowed just a few blocks from
where Douglass is believed to have crossed
into Canada in 1859 while fleeing in exile
for his connection to John Brown and the
Harper's Ferry uprising.
"The Life of Frederick Douglass" is an ac-
tion-adventure that tells the rich story of a
self-educated fugitive slave who rises from
the bondage of slavery in Maryland to inter-
national acclaim as America's greatest civil
rights leader of the 19th century, coura-
geously and brashly changing history as an
orator, author, abolitionist and statesman.
Gleason has earned top awards in jour-
nalism, marketing and public relations.
He's also written a romantic comedy, two
novels, a supernatural horror tale, a techno-
thriller and numerous humor essays. Learn
more at
Chris Mackowski, Ph.D.,
associate pro-
fessor of journalism and mass communica-
tion, has co-authored three new Civil War
books. Two of the books, "A Season of
Slaughter: The Battle of
Spotsylvania Court
House" and "The Last
Days of Stonewall Jack-
son," are part of the
Emerging Civil War Se-
ries. They follow Mack-
owski's first book in the
series, "Simply Murder:
The Battle of Fredericks-
burg," released last De-
The third book released in May is a 400-
page hardcover, "Chancellorsville's Forgot-
ten Front: The Battles of Second
Fredericksburg and Salem Church."
All three books, co-authored with Mack-
owski's longtime writing partner, Kristopher
White, are available from publisher Savas
Beatie LLC.
The Emerging Civil War Series is designed
to offer reader-friendly overviews of some
of the Civil War's most important battles
and stories, with a focus on storytelling.
"The Civil War is America's great story,"
Mackowski adds, "and it's full of smaller
stories that are compelling and relevant,
even after 150 years."
"Chancellorsville's Forgotten Front," in
contrast, is an in-depth microtactical study
of two battles that took place as part of the
Chancellorsville campaign in May of 1863.
Mackowski and White have co-authored
numerous books and articles and are co-
founders of the blog Emerging Civil War.
Mary Olufunmilayo Adekson, Ph.D.
associate professor of counselor education,
has published a book about the techniques
used by Native American and Canadian
medicine men.
A faculty fellowship award allowed Adek-
son to study Native American and Canadian
healers in her ongoing pursuit of investigat-
ing the influence of tra-
ditional healers on
family and community.
The result is "Native
American and Canadian
medicine men, healers
and helpers," published
by Lambert Academic
Publishing. The book is
available at
https://www.more- (search for healers and helpers).
As a young girl growing up in Nigeria,
Adekson experienced the healing arts of
Yorb traditional healers and later, as an
adult, researched the interpersonal tech-
niques they used.
"Traditional healers have unique roles to
play in psychotherapy and medicine, within
their own ethnic group and without," said
Adekson, who spent three days observing,
interviewing and audiotaping native medi-
cine men, healers counselors and helpers in
a clinic on the St. Regis Mohawk Reserva-
She also visited the Faithkeeper School in
Steamburg, N.Y. She interviewed, observed
and audiotaped nearly a dozen traditional
healers, counselors and helpers from the
Mohawk Tribe of Akwesasne, the Cayuga
Tribe of Canada, the Seneca Tribe of Catta-
raugus County in upstate New York, the
Onondaga Tribe of Canada, the Oneida
Tribe of Canada, the Oneida Tribe of Wis-
consin, the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New
Mexico, and the Lakota Sioux of North
Dr. John Mulryan
has spent decades
translating books that are centuries old,
never knowing in the tedium of such metic-
ulous work whether anyone would care to
publish the culmination of his labor. Ulti-
mately, his painstaking efforts were re-
warded, first with the
1,024-page English
translation of Natale
Conti's "Mythologiae"
in 2006, the most im-
portant mythography
published during the
Renaissance; and again
last year with the publi-
cation of the 485-page
translation of Vincenzo
Cartari's "Images of
the Gods of the Ancients," the first
mythography written in Italian.
More than 25 years ago, Mulryan paid
$100 for a 1608 edition of Cartari's "Im-
ages of the Gods of the Ancients," a cop-
per-plate book worth 30 times as much
today. But the real price Mulryan paid was
the untold hours spent translating Cartari's
"Images of the Gods" was the first
mythography -- "a work that gives you
the summary of a myth and then tells you
what it means," Mulryan said -- to be
written in Italian. "By writing this in Ital-
ian, he made the mythological tradition
available to women for the very first time
because women were not educated in
Unlike the treatises of the other Italian
mythographers, Cartari's work was pro-
fusely illustrated with captioned images of
the pagan gods, and composed in the Ital-
ian vernacular.
Mulryan's translation, published by the
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renais-
sance Studies, includes 23 images scanned
directly from his 405-year-old copper-plate
book. Mulryan's book is the first complete
English translation of Cartari's Italian text,
and the only annotated translation of the
"Images" in any language. He retired in
2011 after 45 years as an English professor
at St. Bonaventure.