For a short time, Fisher Price made a set of Little People toys to help celebrate Hannukah. You can only find the set on the collectible market these days, but the figurines served as an easy starting point for Lauren leibman's introduction to a recent special issue of American Jewish History on Jewish American material culture. Leibman, a professor of English and Humanities at Reed College, said the toys exemplify "the variety of ways in which objects can embody what it means to be Jewish in American life." The special issue contains a diverse set of articles which dig deep into that concept. She joined us on our podcast to talk about the issue.
Ian Gadd, the president of The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, joins us to talk about the upcoming 25th anniversary conference. Scholars from around the globe will meet in Victoria, British Columbia, starting June 9 for the annual event.
Several years ago at an Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Gwendolyn Alker invited members of a group then known as the (then) Latina/o Focus Group (LFG) for a special issue. Now the Editor of Theatre Topics, Alker said this invitation started the process of something that had not been done before, but that needed to be done: Theatre Topics had never focused an issue on concerns relevant to Latinx theatre-makers and their wider communities. The resulting issue was published earlier this spring. Alker joined us to talk about how it came about and why it is important to the field.
When Philosophy and Literature founding editor Denis Dutton died in 2010, his co-editor, Garry Hagberg, took over the reins of the influential journal.
With just over five years in the top position, Hagberg joined our podcast series to talk about the transition, plans for the future and just what inspired the beautiful cover images for the journal.
The one-day novel - that is a book which covers the action of just a single day - has caught the attention of British academic Bryony Randall. A lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, Randall took a close look at the topic in a recent essay published in the journal New Literary History. Randall joined our podcast series to discuss her essay and just what makes the one-day novel a draw for some people.
Theory & Event co-editors Kennan Furguson and James Martel join us to talk about the first issue in the journal's 20th volume and what 2017 will hold for the groundbreaking online publication.
Twentieth-Century China will join the JHU Press journals collection in 2017. Editor Kristin Stapleton, director of the MA Program and Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University at Buffalo, joined our podcast series to talk about the journal, which promotes a wide range of historical approaches in its examination of twentieth-century China.
Earlier this year, the journal Shakespeare Bulletin took a look at the issue of editing Renaissance drama texts. Stepping outside the boundries of Shakespeare, a trio of guest editors put together a special issue based on a 2013 symposium. The issue helps shine a spotlight on editing and performance for some lesser-known aspects of Renaissance drama. Cassie Ash and Jose Perez Diez - two of the guest editors - visited our podcast series to talk about the special issue.
Mary Lincoln has been a mystery for more than 150 years. Irritable as the wife of Abraham Lincoln in Illinois, erratic as First Lady, and frankly psychotic as a widow, she died at the young age of 63 after years of unusual physical symptoms and progressively increasing weakness. John Sotos, formerly Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, who is now Worldwide Medical Director at Intel Corporation, has solved the mystery in a new article published in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (Volume 58, Issue 4). Sotos' article "What an Affliction" pinpoints pernicious anemia as the root of Mary's poor health during most of her adult life, and as the cause of her death. Pernicious anemia a type of Vitamin B-12 deficiency.
Thirty-five years ago, Deborah Dash Moore published "At Home in America," her groundbreaking look at how the children of immigrants blended elements of Jewish and American culture into a vibrant urban society. The most recent issue of the journal American Jewish History took a look at the impact of Moore's book. Lila Corwin Berman and Tony Michaels, guest editors of the issue, joined us to talk about the project.
In a recent issue of the journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, a pair of researchers at the University of Alabama Birmingham shared their study of "Physician Religion and End-of-Life Pediatric Care." The project took a look at how the religion and spirituality of physicians could influence communication with the parents of children at the end of life. Lori Brand Bateman, lead researcher of the paper, joined us to talk about the topic.
Between 2011 and 2015, various celebrations and commemorations took place to mark the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. These events led to many conferences and academic discussions to take advantage of the heightened interest in the topic. Earlier this year, the journal South Central Review released a special issue on Historians and the American Civil War at the Sesquicentennial. Lorien Foote, guest editor of the issue, joined us to reflect its creation and contributions to this growing field of study
John Irwin, who led The Hopkins Review from its rebirth in 2008, will retire from teaching at Johns Hopkins University this spring. David Yezzi took over the reins of the journal in 2015. A well-known poet, actor and editor, Yezzi joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2013. Yezzi joined us to talk about his new position and the special issue devoted to Irwin's impact on the field.
ASAP/Journal, a new journal from The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, debuted with the JHU Press earlier this year. The inaugural issue focused on "Art & the Commons." The journal promotes intellectual exchange between artists and critics across the arts and humanities. Amy Elias and Jonathan Eburne, editors of the journal, joined us to talk about this exciting new venture.
An editorial change took place at the Journal of the History of Philosophy last year as Jack Zupko took over the top position for the journal from Steven Nadler. Zupko had previously served as Book Review Editor for JHP, which celebrated 50 years of publishing several years ago. Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Alberta, Zupko joined us to talk about his transition into the new position as well as plans for the future for JHP.
The first issue of Volume 58 for Perspectives in Biology and Medicine took a special look at diagnosis. A combination of traditional articles, 55-word stories and images delved deeply into the many factors which play a role in this important issue. Annemarie Jutel, noted author on the subject, served as guest editor for the issue. Professor in the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, Jutel joined us to talk about diagnosis and the special issue.
Shakespeare Bulletin devoted much of the Winter 2015 issue (Volume 33, Issue 4) to a series of essays on "Television and the Anti-Realist Theatricality of 'not Shakespeare.'" John Wyver, an award-winning producer and director, collected the four essays and one screen review to highlight the different ways works not written by Shakespeare are presented on British television. Wyver joined us to talk about this important intersection of works by Britain's most famous playwright and other important writers.
In Volume 63, Library Trends published a pair of special issues which examined the state of libraries in Eastern Europe 25 years after the end of Communism. Guest edited by Hermina G.B. Anghelescu, the articles in the issues took a comprehensive look at the difficulties faced by libraries after the Berlin Wall came down. Articles from librarians in around two dozen countries were spread across the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 issues. Anghelescu joined us for a two-part podcast on the special topic. Part 2 focuses on the challenges these libraries have faced in the last quarter century..
In Volume 63, Library Trends published a pair of special issues which examined the state of libraries in Eastern Europe 25 years after the end of Communism. Guest edited by Hermina G.B. Anghelescu, the articles in the issues took a comprehensive look at the difficulties faced by libraries after the Berlin Wall came down. Articles from librarians in around two dozen countries were spread across the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 issues. Anghelescu joined us for a two-part podcast on the special topic. Part 1 focuses on the challenges in putting together such an ambitious journal project.
A 2015 issue of the journal American Imago featured four essays focused on grief and loss. The issue, titled "Memory and Remembrance: Essays in Psychoanalytic Autobiography", contains "Lockout: Spacing Trauma and Recovery in the Aftermath of the Virginia Tech Shootings," an essay written by Virginia Tech University faculty, Stefanie Hofer. She lost her husband, Jamie Bishop, on April 16, 2007 during the deadliest school rampage in the US history. Hofer joined us to talk about her post-traumatic writing and how it has helped her to persevere and heal.
In the June 2015 issue of Leviathan, Steven Olsen-Smith edited a section called "Recovering Melville's Hand," which featured three articles on digital discovery and analysis of works found on the Melville's Marginalia Online website. Olsen-Smith, a faculty member at Boise State University who is spending the current year holding the Holland H. Coors Endowed Visiting Chair at the United States Air Force Academy, joined us to talk about this fascinating branch of Melville studies.
The Summer 2015 issue of the journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics features more than a dozen personal narratives from intersex people about the challenges they face and problems with how the medical community addresses their needs. Guest editors Georgiann Davis and Ellen Feder join us to talk about the issue and what they hope happens as medical professionals and the general public learn more about intersex.
The Summer 2015 issue of the Modern Fiction Studies takes a look at neuroscience and modern fiction, surveying current work on literature and brain research. The six articles and one review essay take a comprehensive look at cognitive literary studies. Guest Editor Stephen J. Burn from the University of Glasgow joined us to talk about this field of literary criticism and the special issue.
The journal Theatre Topics is publishing its 25th volume in 2015. As the journal celebrates this milestone, it also marks its second year producing three issues per volume. All of this has led to some reflection on how the journal has grown since its 1991 debut as “a tool for establishing an on-going dialogue among theatre practitioners / artists / teachers,” according to the introduction in Volume 1, Issue 1 by Beverly Byers-Pevitts. In 2014, the journal published reflections from past editors. We interviewed several of those important people in the history of Theatre Topics about the journal’s growth and current place in the field.
Over the last three decades, comics, graphic memoirs, and graphic novels have continued to emerge as literary, artistic, and cultural artifacts of central importance. The journal Partial Answers recently published a selection of papers called "Comics and the Canon" to examine this growing trend. Guest editor Ariela Freedman from Concordia University in Montreal talked to us about the forum as well as the place of comics in today's literary landscape.
The journal portal: Libraries and the Academy has a new editor. Marianne Ryan, Associate University Librarian for Public Services at Northwestern University, took over the top position earlier this year. This also happens to be a special year for portal, which celebrates its 15th volume in 2015. Ryan joins us to talk about the journal's sesquidecennial, the importance of her time as associate editor and what the future holds for portal.
The Spring 2015 issue of SEL Studies in English and Literature 1500-1900 features a cluster of articles under the title "Staging Allegory." Joseph Campana, Editor for 1500-1659 for the journal, put together the collection which takes a comprehensive look at the use of allegory in Stuart and Tudor drama. Campana joined us to talk about allegory, the cluster and the possibility of more specialized collections in future issues.
The March 2015 issue of Shakespeare Bulletin took a look at "Renaissance Women’s Performance and the Dramatic Canon: Theater History, Evidence, and Narratives." Guest editors Clare McManus (University of Roehampton) and Lucy Munro(King’s College London) join us to discuss how criticism of the canonical drama of the professional stage should not overlook women’s performance, suggesting that by doing so scholarship will gain an increased understanding of the ways in which commercial plays responded to an important aspect of theatrical culture.
The Society for Qing Studies has begun to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The society publishes Late Imperial China, which got its start as the newsletter Ch'ing-shih wen-t'i in 1965. Anniversary celebrations kicked off with a panel discussion of current and former editors at the Association for Asian Studies meeting earlier this year. Editor Tobie Meyer-Fong joins us to talk about the event and what readers can expect in the future from the journal and the society.
The journal Callaloo has added a fifth issue to each volume. Callaloo Art debuted in late 2014 and will continue as an annual issue devoted to African Diaspora visual art and culture. The first issue focuses on American artists born after 1959 and highlights the work of 32 visual artists. The issue also includes essays, interviews and poetry. Editor Charles Henry Rowell joined us to talk about the issue and future plans for Callaloo Art.
The staff at the journal Theatre Topics has had many reasons to reflect recently. In 2014, the journal added a third issue to each volume after publishing twice a year for its previous 23 volumes. In 2015, Theatre Topics will publish Volume 25, an important milestone in the history of any scholarly journal. Co-editor Gwendolyn Alker joined us to talk about this important time for the journal.
The journal CEA Critic published a special issue earlier this year on Digital Humanities Pedagogy. Ann R. Hawkins, a former president of the College English Association and a professor at Texas Tech University, wrote a forward for the issue and shared some history and perspective on the topic.
Earlier this year, the journal Theatre Topics devoted a special issue to the role of the dramaturg in today's theatre world. The essays in the issue provided a wide range of perspectives on modern dramaturgy. Journal editor D.J. Hopkins, who began his career as a dramaturg, joined us to talk about the issue and the profession.
The online journal Theory & Event has published a special supplement which focuses on the death of Michael Brown and the ensuing protests in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this year. Nine essays attempt to examine the situation from a number of angles. Guest editor Melvin Rogers, an associate professor of Political Science and African American Studies at UCLA, joined us to talk about the special issue, titled "Disposable Lives."
VOICES: Personal Stories from the Pages of NIB is a publication created from the “narrative symposia” — the stories and commentaries published in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics — that explore current issues in bioethics and health policy. The first issue of VOICES centers on “Confronting Pediatric Brain Tumors” and features stories from parents and commentary from survivors, doctors, and advocates who have worked with this particular devastating illness. Symposium editor Gigi McMillan joins us to talk about the issue and the future of VOICES.
To recognize the 30-year anniversary of a special issue on nuclear criticism, diacritics published an issue devotes to climate change criticism. Guest editor Karen Pinkus has brought together a respected group of scholars, including the editor of the nuclear criticism issue and another contributor from 30 years ago, to address the new reality which we find ourselves experiencing. Pinkus joins us to talk about the issue.
A paper by William Ventres and Geoff Gusoff in the recent issue of the journal proposes a new clinical diagnosis of "poverty blindness" for those who consciously fail to take the poor into account. With an acknowledgement that the idea may not sound serious to everyone, the authors lay out scenarios to defend their position. Ventres joined us recently to discuss the article and the genesis of the idea.
In an effort to provide researchers with an alternative source of information, the Encyclopedia of American Studies (EAS) has adopted an open access policy. Scholars and others studying American culture and society can now search the extensive database free of charge. Encyclopedia editor Simon Bronner joined us to talk about the change as well as the importance of the encyclopedia to scholars and students.
The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved started as an idea by noted health researcher and physician Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty-five years later, the journal celebrates its silver anniversary as a well-respected peer-reviewed journal focused on exploring health disparities in the North and Central America and the Caribbean. Editor Virginia Brennan joins us to talk about the journal's mission and the meaning of the anniversary celebration.
The Journal of College Student Development (JCSD) has changed its publication schedule, expanding from six to eight issues per year. Subscribers will now receive the journal in January, March, April May, July, September, October and November. John M. Braxton, editor of the journal, spoke with us about the transition at last fall's Association for the Study of Higher Education meeting. The journal is the official journal of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
Catherine Belling, an associate professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics, took over the job as editor of the journal Literature and Medicine earlier this year. The journal recently began publication of its 31st volume. Belling joined us to talk about the unique intersection of the two disciplines and her plans for the journal.
Tyler Walters, Dean of Libraries at Virginia Tech, has won the 2013 Johns Hopkins University Press Award for the best article in the most recent volume of the journal portal: Libraries and the Academy. The Journals Division of the Press and portal’s Editorial Board Awards Committee selected the Walters’ article “The Future Role of Publishing Services in University Libraries,” which appeared in Volume 12, Number 4, October 2012. He joined us to talk about his research and the significance of the award.
After a 17-year career teaching at Rutgers, Jonathan Kramnick has returned to Johns Hopkins University, where he received his Master's and Ph.D. in English and American Literature. In addition to his faculty duties, Kramnick has taken over as editor of ELH. which is housed in the JHU English Department. He joined us to talk about his new role and share news about the journal.
This fall, a new name will appear at the top of the masthead for the Journal of Late Antiquity. Noel Lenski from the University of Colorado will take over from founding editor Ralph Mathisen. Lenski, a member of the journal's editorial board since its founding, joined us to talk about the legacy of Mathisen, how the journal has gained a strong position in the field in just six years and his plans for the future.
In a recent issue of Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Andrew Seely from the University of Ottawa published "Embracing the Certainty of Uncertainty: Implications for Health Care and Research." He joined us to discuss the pervasive nature of the unknown both in scientific research and health care.
Journal of Democracy Managing Editor Brent Kallmer talked with Kurt Weyland about his article, "Latin America's Authoritarian Drift: The Threat from the Populist Left," from the July 2013 issue of the Journal of Democracy.
The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth named Marquette University professor James Marten as its new editor last year. The journal is the official publication of the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth (SHCY). Chair of the History Department at Marquette and a founding member of the association, he will take over from a group of editors from the Five Colleges Editorial Collective. Marten joined us to talk about his new role and the challenges facing journals and associations.
The Journal of the History of Philosophy completed the celebration of its 50th volume earlier this year. Each issue in 2012 featured an essay from a former editor with his thoughts on the milestone. Issue 4, released earlier this fall, featured a reflection from Tad Schmaltz, who served as editor from 2003 to 2010. He joined us to talk about his tenure at the helm of the journal and other reflections on the anniversary.
The journal Theory and Event recently published a symposium of essays on the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin earlier this year. The symposium brought together an array of contemporary theorists - Anna Marie Smith, Anne Norton, Michael Hanchard, Stephen H. Marshall, Ange-Marie Hancock, Mark Reinhardt, Christopher J. Lebron, and George Ciccariello-Maher - to demonstrate ongoingness of theorizing, the ways we are always to an extent in the middle of the events we endeavor to understand. Guest editor Neil Roberts joined us to talk about the symposium.
Feminist Formations held a special event at the University of Arizona in early September to celebrate the release of the first journal issue since the new editorial team fully took over the publication. Feminist Formations, which is publishing its 24th volume, moved from the University of Minnesota to the University of Arizona last year. Editor Sandra K. Soto, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Arizona, welcomed staff from JHUP to Tucson for the event and talked about the celebration and the journal's future.
The Journal of the History of Philosophy continues the celebration of its 50th volume. Each issue in 2012 will feature an essay from a former editor with his thoughts on the milestone. Issue 3, released earlier this summer, featured a reflection from longtime editor Rudolf Makkreel, who currently sits on the journal's board as president. He joined us to talk about his long tenure at the helm of the journal and other reflections on the anniversary.
A new journal has debuted recently, Digital Philology. The journal, founded by Johns Hopkins faculty members Stephen Nichols and Nadia Altschul, brings together the study of written historical resources with the technologies that are making those resources available to more and more scholars every year. As Nichols points out in his introduction to the first inaugural issue, the title Digital Philology serves as a description for the content and an aspiration to remain focused on tradition and innovation.
The Journal of the History of Philosophy has reached the midway point of its 50th volume with the publication of Issue 2 in April. Each issue in 2012 will feature an essay from a former editor with his thoughts on the milestone. Current Editor Steven Nadler joins us to discuss the anniversary.
In June 2011, the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians featured “The Down & Dirty Show,” a drag and burlesque show, on the official conference program. After the show, Dickinson College professor Stephanie Gilmore and Journal of Women’s History co-editor Leigh Ann Wheeler heard provocative comments about it, some enthusiastically supportive and others highly critical. Eager to explore these responses and the politics of staging such a show at an academic conference, the pair invited several people to participate in an email conversation for publication in the most recent issue of the journal. Wheeler helps explain the genesis and intention of the project.
In 1912, Sigmund Freud began the journal Imago, as a journal for the application of psychoanalysis to the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Published originally in Austria, the journal was suppressed in 1938, but re-founded in the United States by Freud and Hanns Sachs as American Imago. Now approaching its 69th volume, American Imago is honoring the centenary of Freud's original journal in 2012. Today, current editor Lou Rose and Tony Kris, son of Freud colleague and Imago editor Ernst Kris, join us to talk about this milestone.
In June 2011, the conference “Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archives” took place at the University of York in the United Kingdom. The conference gave academics an opportunity to take up the question of how to place Beckett as a late modernist. The journal Modernism/modernity recently published a special issue dedicated to papers presented at the conference. Peter Fifield, conference organizer and Junior Research Fellow in English at St. John’s College at Oxford University, joins us to talk about Beckett.
As part of its celebration for reaching volume 50, the Journal of the History of Philosophy has invited former editors to contribute their thoughts on the milestone. Richard A. "Red" Watson has the first of these essays in the January 2012 issue where he described his reluctant one-year term in 1983. Watson joins us to talk about his brief tenure and the journal’s place in the field.
Every year, the journal portal: Libraries and the Academy and the Johns Hopkins University Press choose an article for the Johns Hopkins University Press Award. This honors the best article in the previous volume of the journal. Kevin Smith, Director of Scholarly Communications for the Perkins Library at Duke University, won the award in 2011 for his article “Copyright Renewal for Libraries: Seven Steps Toward a User-Friendly Law,” which appeared in Volume 10, Number 1 in January 2010. Smith joins us to discuss the award and his research.
The Emmy-award winning comedy 30 Rock had its sixth-season premiere last week. The fast-paced sitcom has developed a loyal following, but the most recent issue of the journal Philosophy and Literature features an article looking at the root of the show’s comedy. Josh Gillon from Sienna College authored “Why 30 Rock is Not Funny (It’s Metafunny)” and joins us to discuss his examination of the show.
The journal Late Imperial China recently released a new issue, the first one published since the unveiling of a new website for the Society for Qing Studies, the scholarly organization affiliated with the journal. Editors Tobie Meyer-Fong and Janet Theiss join us to talk about the society and the journal.
With Occupy Wall Street and similar movements still active across the country, the editors of the online journal Theory & Event have brought together a group of scholars to discuss the resistance and solidarity movements against global capitalism over the past months. A special supplement for Issue 14.4 of the journal will focus on the Occupy movement, which the editors say has spread “an open sense of possibility.” Editors Jodi Dean and Davide Panagia join us to discuss the special issue.
In July 2011, Tarek Masoud published " The Road to (and from) Liberation Square" in the Journal of Democracy. Journal Managing Editor Brent Kallmer talks with Masoud about his article as well further developments in Egypt which have taken place in the past few months.
On June 1, 2011, the State of California began transitioning approximately 380,000 seniors and people with disabilities from a fee-for-service system to a managed care Medicaid system in 16 counties as part of an effort to reduce Medicaid spending. A team of researchers from the Health Research for Action, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, have completed a study assessing differences in beneficiaries' perceived quality of care in the two systems. The study will be published in the November 2011 (Volume 22, Number 4) issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Lead author Carrie Graham joins us to talk about the article.
Colleges and universities across the country rely on surveys of student engagement (SSE) to get a better understanding of their students’ involvement, integration and engagement. The Fall 2011 issue of The Review of Higher Education features a collection of issues which cast a critical eye on SSE tools. The five essays raise questions about the design and psychometrics of the SSE instruments and offer thoughtful suggestions to improve the project, especially the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Guest editor Michael A. Olivas from the University of Houston Law Center joins us to talk about the special issue.
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) will celebrate 25 years serving its members at its annual conference in Chicago from Aug. 11-14. ATHE publishes its journals Theatre Journal and Theatre Topics through JHUP. Association President Steve Peters talks about the upcoming conference and the association’s history and importance to the theatre community and beyond.
The journal Spiritus, the official publication of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, recently published an issue focused on European spirituality. Guest editor Philip Sheldrake, a Senior Research Fellow at Westcott House in the Cambridge Theological Federation, wrote in his introduction that the issue would expand its horizons “beyond its predominantly North American base and to acknowledge an increasingly global readership.”
An essay in the most recent issue of Perspectives in Biology and Medicine takes on a trait not often associated with medical education – humility. Jack Coulehan, Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine and Senior Fellow of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University, tackles this tricky subject, pointing out that humility should not serve as a negative attribute among medical professionals.
The Journal of Women’s History has started a new chapter in its history with the release of the first issue under the guidance of new editors Jean Quataert and Leigh Ann Wheeler. The Binghamton University professors took over with the recently-released Volume 23, Issue 1. Jean and Leigh Ann join us today to talk about their plans over the next few years for the influential journal.
The Hopkins Review returned to the literary scene four years ago as a joint venture of the Writing Seminars and the Johns Hopkins University Press. In its 13 issues, the Review has published a distinctive collection of fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays on literature, drama, film, visual arts, music, and dance, as well as review of books, performances, and exhibits. Editor John Irwin joins us to discuss the first three volumes and what lies ahead.
The Journal of Late Antiquity has gained respect in academic publishing circles in just a few years. The journal was chosen as the Best New Journal in the Social Sciences or Humanities earlier this year in the prestigious PROSE awards. This follows an honorable mention in the same category in 2010 and a Best New Journal award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals in 2009. Ralph Mathisen, editor of the four-year-old journal, joins us to talk about these awards and JLA’s future.
In 1910, Abraham Flexner published the “Report on Medical Education in the United States and Canada” for the Carnegie Foundation, a document which changed the way schools trained pre-medical and medical students. As we head into the second century of modern medical training, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine has published a special issue which examines the legacy of what is commonly called The Flexner Report. Donald A. Chambers from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago served as guest editor and shares his thoughts on the special issue.
The journal Feminist Formations recently released a special issue “Women in the Middle East.” The idea for the special issue came from a March 2008 conference on related issues at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. A group of guest editors worked over the past three years to bring the issue to fruition. Nawal Ammar, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and one of the driving forces behind the issue, discusses the issue and its impact on female scholars from the Middle East.
The journal Studies in American Fiction has returned after a short hiatus. The first issue of the 37th volume was recently published and marks a new direction for the journal. New editors Maria Farland from Fordham University and Duncan Faherty of Queens College and The CUNY Graduate Center, discuss the future of SAF and how this new partnership will help the journal bring readers an unparalleled range of Americanist literary scholarship.
For more than 50 years, the journal Technology and Culture has chronicled the history of technology and its impact on our lives. The journal serves as the official journal for the Society of the History of Technology, a worldwide interdisciplinary organization of academics and researchers interested in these topics. University of Oklahoma professor Suzanne Moon has taken over as the journal’s editor and discusses the direction of the journal and the society's online presence, eTC.
Every year, the Press and the editorial board of portal: Libraries and the Academy choose one essay from the previous volume for an award. This year, an essay from Yale University Librarian Emeritus Scott Bennett was chosen for the honor. Bennett's article "Libraries and Learning: A History of Paradigm Change" appeared in the April 2009 issue and challenges librarians to align library space design with the ways information technology has changed how people learn.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books tries to make the task of buying a book for children and young adults a little bit easier this holiday season. Journal editor Deborah Stevenson talks about what goes into finding the right book for a youngster. The journal, based at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, publishes a free Guide Book to Gift Books with recommendations for early readers all the way up to high school students.
Richard Madsen discusses his article "The Upsurge of Religion in China" from the Journal of Democracy and how the ruling Chinese Communist Party cannot decide what to make of it—or do about it.
SEL Studies in English Literature Editor Logan Browning talks about the journal's 50th anniversary and the events scheduled to celebrate the milestone.
Historically Speaking Editor Randall Stephens discusses the recent forum on naval history and the overall focus of the journal with Senior Editor and Director Donald A. Yerxa.
Adeed Dawisha, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, discusses issues related to elections in Iraq and the democratic transition in the country with Journal of Democracy managing editor Brent Kallmer.
Journal of Democracy Managing Editor Brent Kallmer interviews the authors "The Ballot and the Badge: Democratic Policing" from the April 2010 issue of the journal. Waitrowski and Goldstone present their views on how major reforms to international policing and police training are needed if efforts to promote stable democratic government are to succeed.