JMGS Welcomes New Editorial Leadership

by bjs | Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Journal of Modern Greek Studies has a new editorial team. Johanna Hanink from Brown University is the Arts & Humanities Editor while Antonis Ellinas from the University of Cyprus is the Social Sciences Editor. They joined us to talk about their path to the masthead and future plans for the journal.

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The Journal of Modern Greek Studies has a new editorial team. Johanna Hanink from Brown University is the Arts & Humanities Editor while Antonis Ellinas from the University of Cyprus is the Social Sciences Editor. They joined us to talk about their path to the masthead and future plans for the journal.

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Flickering Treasures: National Building Museum Exhibit Highlights Historic Baltimore Theaters

by eea | Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore's Forgotten Movie Theaters by Amy Davis was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017, and is currently the subject of an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Recently, Amy was interviewed by JHU Press staff member Will Holmes about the exhibit, which runs through February 17, 2020.

Your book Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore's Forgotten Movie Theaters is a great fit for an exhibit at the National Building Museum. What sparked the idea for the exhibit, and how did it come to fruition?

I thought that Flickering Treasures would translate well as a museum exhibition, and considered several venues. I approached the National Building Museum in the fall of 2016 because their mission is to explore the history of architecture in a holistic way, by looking at the impact of the built environment on society and our personal lives. My book meshes well with these themes, by highlighting the eclectic architecture of movie theaters and issues of preservation. Flickering Treasures , through photographs and oral histories, examines how these buildings evolved, shaped their communities, and sparked the...Read More

Activism in the Woke Academy

by bjs | Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Earlier this year, the Review of Higher Education released a supplemental issue in response to the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) 2018 Conference Theme: Envisioning the Woke Academy . Issue editors D-L Stewart and Lori D. Patton joined us for a Q&A about how the issue, titled Activism in the Woke Academy: Scholars Review the Last Half-Century , came together and how they hope the issue will resonate in the field.

What was the process of turning the 2018 ASHE conference theme into a special issue of the association's journal like? We first thought together about what the central story of the ASHE conference theme, "Envisioning the Woke Academy," was. What we realized as we considered this was the role of activism in pushing change and transformation in higher education in the U.S. and across the globe since 1968. From there, it was easy to see how activism and equity would be good fodder for a special issue of RHE.

How important is it for academics today to be "woke?" If we consider "woke" to be the commitment...Read More

Before We Reform, We Must Know What College is For

by eea | Monday, August 12, 2019 - 12:00 PM

This is an age of reform. New model institutions, especially online ones, are offering degrees to students who never interact with professors or step on college campuses. Whereas the heart of collegiate education had long been the liberal arts and sciences, today business is America’s largest major. Increasingly, the liberal ideal of science is being replaced by the technical, vocational language of “STEM.” Fewer and fewer students are spending hours lost in libraries and labs . More and more students are seeking degrees, not an education, because they believe a college degree is necessary to achieve a middle-class life.

Colleges have long served multiple purposes and diverse stakeholders. There’s nothing new about that. What is new, however, is just how much the most touted reforms today threaten the intellectual purposes of college education. It’s as if the pursuit of intellectual goods—knowledge—is wasteful and unnecessary. Students learn these lessons from their parents, from their teachers and counselors in high school, and ultimately from policymakers.

The number of Democratic and Republican lawmakers who have questioned the value of the liberal arts and sciences is too large to list here. They want college to be practical, and their definition of...Read More

Rethinking the Relationship between the Railroad and Telegraph Industries

by eea | Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 12:00 PM

I never set out to write a book reinterpreting the financial, social, and political relationship between the American railroad and telegraph industries in the nineteenth century. I have always had an interest in the history of communication and, to a lesser extent, the history of transportation. I primarily looked at these fields from a technical perspective. It was only in graduate school at the University of Delaware that I discovered the field of business history and quickly sought to immerse myself in its historiography. While reading some of the classic works in the field, I picked up on discussions about the critical role that the American railroad and telegraph industries played in the rise of big business in the second half of the nineteenth century. Thinking that this topic might make for a good seminar paper, I decided to take advantage of the extensive railroad collections housed by the nearby Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. As I started to examine the Pennsylvania Railroad files, however, I began to wonder if I had misunderstood the arguments put forth in the business history books. Instead of seeing evidence of a harmonious relationship between Pennsylvania Railroad officials and early telegraph entrepreneurs...Read More