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Welcome to Authors of Union, highlighting our many published authors who are transforming lives and communities.

Political Reflections: A Compilation of Articles on a World in Crisis

By alumnus Leroy Binns (Ph.D. ’94)

Dr. Binns’s book Political Reflections: A Compilation of Articles on a World in Crisis is an affirmation of outcomes emanating from power and leadership. Amazon describes the book as speaking volumes about a series of political episodes all-encompassing of proxy confrontations and domestic and international miscalculations that closed the curtains on the 20th century and launched a new millennium as well. It is a tale of continuity in theories/doctrines propelled by characteristics of democracy and radicalism. The narratives depict America and associated NGOs as too often unprepared and/or unwilling to heed the call for universal revival. Russia’s laxity or preoccupation with regaining its once-held position of supremacy is equally liable for global regression. In the end, the text alludes to mounting trials of injustice and underlines the urgency for resolve to avoid the abyss. His third book, entitled “Cuba Past and Present: An Arduous Journey Towards Self-Determination was recently published.

The Never Before Told Story of the Gelatin Monster

By alumna Nicky Williams (B.S. ’14)

Child Development Specialist Nicky Williams has written a children’s book named The Never Before Told Story of the Gelatin Monster. The protagonist is 5-year-old Zora who is smart, brave, and adventurous. She loves to help around the house. One day an act of kindness turns into a messy disaster. With the assistance of a close family member, Zora develops a strategy that forces her to confront her fear and rely on teamwork to overcome the problem. Dedicated to her daughter, Musukoi, and all children, the story shows children that fear can be overcome and that with reliance on teamwork, challenges can be met.


Heaven, Indiana

By alumna Jan Maher (Ph.D. ’97)

Author Jan Maher wrote before she could read. Her three works of fiction, Heaven, Indiana; Earth As It Is; and The Persistence of Memory and Other Stories, have all been designated as “Best Of” Indies by Kirkus Reviews. Her writing credits include two novels, Heaven Indiana and Earth As It Is, and two one-act plays, Ismene, and Intruders. In addition, she is the author of books for educators, Most Dangerous Women: Bringing History to Life through Readers’ Theater and History in the Present Tense: Engaging Students through Inquiry and Action (co-authored with Douglas Selwyn).

The multi-talented Mayer has also taught interdisciplinary seminars, education-related courses, and documentary studies at Burlington College and is currently a senior scholar at the Institute for Ethics in Public Life, State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

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