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Lean Semesters: How Higher Education Reproduces Inequity – Q&A with author Sekile M. Nzinga

by eea | Friday, January 22, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Why did you write Lean Semesters: How Higher Education Reproduces Inequity ? I wrote this book to map neoliberalism in action and to expose the opaque market practices of contemporary higher education institutions that are compounding inequality for Black women in the twenty-first century. In addition, Lean Semesters maps insidious ways in which Black women’s motivations toward achievement have often been packaged to figure centrally in higher education institutions' marketing campaigns, which target them with false promises that colleges provide opportunity and access to all, regardless of their social and economic position. The market logic and exploitive practices of the university have long been exposed, yet universities have often positioned themselves as passive victims, who are simply responding to the massive defunding of higher education. Yet the rise of the managerial class in academia is a key indicator that the university is no longer centrally committed to educating students and employing intellectual workers but instead is concerned with managing bodies and profiting from a corporatized k nowledge economy (Ross 2012). Lean Semest ers provides living examples of how these decisions at the top land on those at the...Read More

Semi-aquatic Mammals: Ecology and Biology

by eea | Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 3:00 PM

Freshwater semi-aquatic mammals represent some of the world’s rarest species living within some of its most threatened habitats. Better known species, including the platypus, North American and Eurasian beavers, the common hippopotamus, and various species of otters, are immediately identifiable as mammals that bridge the divide between an aquatic and terrestrial lifestyle. Semi-aquatic Mammals: Ecology and Biology weaves the evolutionary and ecological stories of these species into those of dozens of other less familiar species that are equally fascinating. With so many populations of these species in decline or of unknown status, it was time to compile what is known about these freshwater specialists to help us understand why these mammals are so special, and to help us discover what we still need to learn to ensure their ongoing survival. There are more than 140 species of mammals that have an obligatory dependence on freshwater habitats. Therein lies the problem, freshwater and riparian habitats are disappearing at much faster rates than other habitats. Despite the rarity of intact aquatic ecosystems, freshwater semi-aquatic mammals are found on all continents, except for Antarctica and some of the larger oceanic islands, and represent all three major groupings of mammals...Read More

Swansea Copper: A Global History

by eea | Monday, January 11, 2021 - 4:00 PM

We wrote Swansea Copper out of a sense of frustration. Histories of global trade and industry seemed to have no place for copper. Cotton, sugar, tobacco: yes. But copper? What could copper tell us that we didn’t already know about global industrial history? Well, quite a lot as it happens. Here was a commodity with a genuinely global history, but one that was far from simple to tell. What did it look like? Even this basic question has a multitude of possible answers depending on which point in the ‘life cycle’ of copper you care to look at: dug out of the ground, heated, roasted, cast, hammered, rolled, drawn, granulated, alloyed with other metals. It takes on so many different forms that it almost defies categorisation. And then there’s the question of how to trace its uses and markets. How do you track the journey of a metal that so often disappears from view? In the maritime world of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, you have to look below the waterline to find it in thin sheets protecting the hulls of ships from damage and erosion. By the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was...Read More

JHU Press Journals, Journals Marketing Division Take Home Awards 

by may | Monday, January 11, 2021 - 3:51 PM

The JHU Press Journals Division has much reason to celebrate! At last week’s Modern Language Association (MLA) annual conference, the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) announced the winners of their 2020 awards for scholarly publications. Three journals published by JHU Press were among the winners.

AQ-front_cover.jpg Best Special Issue: American Quarterly , vol. 71, no. 3, Origins of Biopolitics in the Americas

This special issue showcases the abundance of exciting new works that have emerged on early Americanist work, especially in tandem with the growth of such fields as Indigenous studies, studies of empire and settler colonialism, the Atlantic world, environmental studies, and racial capitalism. Guest editors Greta La Fleur and Kyla Schuller brought together an array of cutting-edge scholarship that sheds light on differential valuations of life in early America.

PBM_front_cover.jpg Best Public Intellectual Special Issue: Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, vol. 63, no. 1, Special Issue on CRISPR

The 12 essays in this special issue focus on CRISPR...Read More

Living the Teaching Life in a Time of COVID-19

by may | Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 9:48 PM

As members of The College English Association prepared for annual conference last spring, the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic led organizers to a now all too familiar decision: the conference had to be cancelled. The CEA Critic Editor Jeraldine Kraver was not only gutted about missing this annual event, but now had another challenge: the journals' third issue each year is normally a proceedings of the annual meeting. Along with everything else going on, she was now without a journal issue. But Jeri did what all talented educators know how to do well: change the plan and pivot accordingly. Within a few short weeks, The CEA Critic put out a call for papers for reflections of educators' and students' experiences teaching and learning during the early days of the pandemic. Join us in a candid and congenial conversation to find out how this special issue, Living the Teaching Life in a Time of COVID-19 came together: Living the Teaching Life in a Time of COVID-19 Audio titled Living the Teaching Life in a Time of COVID-19 The JHU Press Podcast is a production of the Johns Hopkins University Press, produced by...Read More

JHU Press Welcomes Two New Journals

by may | Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 12:28 PM

The Johns Hopkins University Press has added two new titles to its distinguished roster of scholarly journals. The acquisition of Tang Studies and The French Review brings the total collection of journals published by JHU Press to 99. Tang Studies cover.png

Tang Studies is the official publication of the T’ang Studies Society . The interdisciplinary journal is open to critical inquiry into all topics related to Tang China, but particularly encourages scholarship that is directly engaged with primary sources from the Sui, Tang, and Five Dynasties periods. Major disciplines regularly represented in the journal include literature, linguistics, history, religious studies, and art history. The journal welcomes submissions of original research, annotated translations, and reference notes, as well as bibliographic materials. The journal is edited by Nicholas Morrow Williams of University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam.

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Dedicated to the teaching of French and Francophone studies, The French Review is the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of French ( AATF ). The French Review publishes articles...Read More

Modernism's Metronome: Meter and Twentieth-Century Poetics

by eea | Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Modernism’s Metronome is about poets and readers caught up in meter and unsure about their footing. When I began studying poetry in college, one of the first poems that caught my ear was a metrical tour-de-force—though I didn’t know it then— by the late modern Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. It begins, The force that through the green fuse drives the flower Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees Is my destroyer. (l. 1-3) The bravura of Thomas’s versification is apparent to me now: the adjacent stresses, echoing Andrew Marvell’s “to a green thought in a green shade”; the winding enjambments driving the thought through the stanza; the dimeter third line that confirms the caesura in the second line as a new, counterpointed pattern for that thought. The meter was already working on me, but my early appreciation wasn’t enough. When I searched the stacks for explications of Thomas’s dense forms and figures, the first pages I encountered told me that this was a Welsh poet, born into the embers of a medieval, bardic, courtly culture with a range of syllabic stanzas. I recall bringing a treatise on Welsh prosody to a reading room...Read More

Social Research : In the Time of Plague

by may | Monday, December 14, 2020 - 11:18 AM

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The Summer 2020 issue of the journal Social Research is a special issue: In the Time of Plague : The History and Social Consequences of Lethal Epidemic Disease - Covid-19 Edition . This special issue is a revisiting of the journal's Fall 1988 issue of the same name, which was a response to the AIDS epidemic. The Covid-19 edition made up of two "books". Book 1 includes response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and Book 2 is a re-print of the original 1988 issue. Join JHU Press in a conversation about this timely and important work with the journal's editor, Dr. Arien Mack.

For more info on the webinars referenced in this episode, visit: https://www.centerforpublicscholarship.org/single-post/In-Time-of-Plague-2020-COVID-19-webinars .

The JHU Press Podcast is a production of the Johns Hopkins University Press, produced by Mary Alice Yeskey and edited by Noelle Curtis. Theme music written and recorded by Emmett Sauchuck.

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Foundations for Advancing Animal Ecology

by eea | Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00 PM

In Foundations for Advancing Animal Ecology , authors Michael L. Morrison, Leonard A. Brennan, Bruce G. Marcot, William M. Block, and Kevin S. McKelvey examine how wildlife professionals can modernize their approaches to habitat and population management with a fresh take on animal ecology. The following passage is an excerpt from the book. Our purpose in writing this book was lofty—namely, providing specific recommendations on how to substantially advance our field’s approaches to studies of animal ecology. In other words, how do we maximize the probability that a species of wild animal will persist into the future? Such a goal clearly implies that, as authors, we collectively think that animal ecologists are failing to advance how we conduct research and apply that knowledge to successfully conserve wild animals. Animal ecologists are notorious for practices such as using vague and misleading terminology, taking the easy way out in designing and implementing studies, or failing to translate research findings into knowledge that natural resource managers can actually implement on the ground. It seems as though we believe that all we need is more money and additional time for more research, and everything will work out just fine...Read More

The US Health Care Industry and COVID-19

by eea | Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Although the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 contains only 15 genes in comparison with 30,000 in the human genome, it has been a powerful adversary. Indeed, the core paradox of U.S. health care – that our nation has the worst population health among high-income countries despite spending about twice as much per person on health care – has been accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. has state-of-the-art biomedical science and technology, extraordinary medical training that serves as an international model, advanced hospitals with the latest in ICU design and technology, workflows designed to meet the highest safety standards, and sophisticated digital medical record and communication platforms. And yet, our nation was ill-prepared for the virus, as evidenced by the inability to curb spread of the virus in its early stages in comparison with peer nations internationally, and by rates of cases and deaths that continue to be among the highest in the world. The same political, cultural, historical and economic forces that shaped the U.S. health care industry, described in detail in An Introduction to the US Health Care Industry: Balancing Care, Cost and Access , is now shaping our nation’s response to COVID-19. As occurred frequently...Read More