Two Mac profs win ‘Choice’ awards

Two McMaster faculty members, Henry Giroux and Christina Baade, have been honoured with prestigious Choice Outstanding Academic Title awards for their works of non-fiction.

This list of award-winning books is highly selective. Only 10 per cent of roughly 7,000 books reviewed by Choice each year are chosen for an Outstanding Academic Title award. Selections are based on overall excellence in presentation and scholarship; importance relative to other literature in the field; originality or uniqueness of treatment; value to undergrads; and several other categories.

Published in 2012, Giroux’s Education and the Crisis of Public Values addresses a shift in American culture away from democratic public values, toward market-driven modes of education and growing social disinvestment among youth.

Giroux – Global TV Network Chair in the Department of English and Cultural Studies – will deliver a free lecture titled “Youth and the Politics of Disposability in Dark Times” on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the University Club’s Great Hall. The event begins at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Email for more information.

Baade’s work, Victory Through Harmony: The BBC and Popular Music in World War II, explores the role and use of popular music during Britain’s Second World War era. Baade joined the University’s Faculty of Humanities in 2003. Currently serving as an associate professor, she specializes in early twentieth-century popular music, radio studies and the British Broadcasting Corporation, among other topics.