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Banned Books Week 2021: Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us

by may | Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 12:19 PM

Banned Books Week (September 26 – October 2)  is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information and brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. 
- via https://bannedbooksweek.org
Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The 2020 most challenged books list includes newer titles touching on racial injustice, books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters, and classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the most frequently challenged books in...Read More

The People of Rose Hill: Black and White Life on a Maryland Plantation

by eea | Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 4:00 PM

By Lucy Maddox
For anyone who sets out to write a history, the result of finishing such a project has to include a sense of incompleteness. There’s much the writer simply cannot know, but there’s also much the writer can’t include because it’s not sufficiently relevant to the main focus of the work. There is always material that has to be put back—however reluctantly—into its rabbit hole. At the conclusion of a project, the historian’s desk is likely to be littered with stacks of unused notes, even pages of unusable manuscript, that she might find of enormous interest or significance but that just don’t belong in the current book.

My research for The People of Rose Hill left such a pile of notes on my desk. It left several such piles, actually, but the one that most interested me, the one I was most reluctant to put aside, concerned Thomas Forman, the owner of Rose Hill plantation, and his lifelong fascination with...Read More

The Rise of Neo-Nationalism: Are Universities the Canary in the Coalmine?

by eea | Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 4:00 PM

By John Aubrey Douglass
In the new book Neo-Nationalism and Universities: Populists, Autocrats and the Future of Higher Education I offer a what I call a political determinist view: that the national political environment, past and present, is perhaps the most powerful influence on the mission, role, and effectiveness of universities, and the higher education system to which they belong—more than internally derived academic cultures, labor market demands, or the desires of students.

Further, the particular national political norms and environment largely, but not completely, determine the internal organization and academic culture of universities and their interface with the larger world. Their level of autonomy, in governance and internal academic management, for example, is to a great extent dependent on the political culture and determinants of national governments.

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 appears to simply reinforce the central role of the nation-state, in particular the societal...Read More

Crossing Our Health Care Chasm

by eea | Monday, September 20, 2021 - 4:00 PM

By Donald Barr
It is time to build a bridge across the health care chasm that divides our country. Without that bridge, we risk losing access to affordable, quality health care.

This deep divide first began to appear in 2010, following adoption of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bipartisanship that was a key part of discussions of health care reform options in the early months of the Obama Administration began to evaporate when the Tea Party initiated its attacks on the reform process in the summer of 2009.

When Republicans took over House leadership after the 2010 elections, it took about two weeks for the House to pass the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” Over the next four months, the House passed three similar bills. The Democratic Senate blocked each bill. In October 2013, after nearly 40 attempts to revoke the ACA, House Republicans forced a 16-day government shutdown rather than concede.

In...Read More

What Should Guide the Decision for Institutional Merger or Acquisition in Higher Education? Student Success and Opportunity

by eea | Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 4:00 PM

By Ricardo Azziz and James E. Samels
As would be predicted by a landscape characterized by declining enrollment, negative demographics, excess capacity, and increasing fiscal pressures, all exacerbated by a pandemic of historic proportions, there has been much in higher education news regarding institutional mergers. From the consolidation efforts at PASSHE to the mergers of Willamette-Pacific Northwest College of Art, Sierra Nevada-University of Nevada at Reno, Delaware State University-Wesley College, Saint Joseph’s University-the University of the Sciences, Pine Manor-Boston College, and many others, it has been an active merger and acquisition scene in the industry. And the occasional pushback, of course. This trend has been long predicted, although it took a massive pandemic to push it towards reality. In the seminal work Merging Colleges for Mutual Growtha (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000) we intuited the ‘merger mania’ in higher learning 25 years ahead of our time. What we could not foresee is the demographic tsunami and enrollment hypermeltdown with too many colleges and too few students. Hence, the cataclysmic higher ed megatrend – too few students at the upstream (K-12) for...Read More

The Classical Journal joins JHU Press

by may | Monday, September 13, 2021 - 10:52 AM

The Classical Journal cover JHU Press is pleased to announce The Classical Journal has joined our growing roster of classical studies scholarly journals. The Classical Journal is the official publication of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS). Established in 1905, the quarterly, peer-reviewed Classical Journal features scholarly articles on the literature, culture, and history of Graeco-Roman antiquity. CJ also includes select book reviews and a Forum of shorter notes on pedagogical methodologies, technologies, and theory at all levels of classical education.

We recently asked Georgia Irby, The Classical Journal Editor and Professor of Classical Studies at The College of William & Mary, to tell us more about her research and her work with the journal. 

Can you tell us a little...Read More

Finding the Right Words: A Story of Literature, Grief, and the Brain

by eea | Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Finding the Right Words: A Story of Literature, Grief, and the Brain tells the moving story of an English professor studying neurology in order to understand and come to terms with her father's death from Alzheimer's. In this blog post, Professor Cindy Weinstein and Dr. Bruce Miller discuss their new book.

Professor Cindy Weinstein: I had always conceived of Finding the Right Words as a memoir written by two people. Me, obviously, because it was about my father’s early-onset Alzheimer’s, and a someone else whose name and location remained uncertain; that is until I met Dr. Bruce Miller, neurologist at the University of California in San Francisco. I was certain that my father’s story was best and most helpfully told with a doctor, who could explain the complexities of Alzheimer’s disease to me and, by extension, to a general audience. I could describe the devastation of a daughter, and how her love of novels and her abilities as a literary critic both helped and hindered her reckoning...Read More

A Recovery Month Reading List

by may | Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 4:15 PM

Watercolor painting of a swirl of bright colors National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Johns Hopkins University press publishes a wealth of scholarly research on the subjects of mental health and substance use disorders. This month, we have put together a list of journal articles covering a wide range of addiction, treatment, and recovery topics, all freely available through September. 

Ethical Guidelines for Genetic Research on Alcohol Addiction and Its Applications
Audrey R. Chapman, Adrian Carter, Jonathan M. Kaplan, Kylie Morphett, and Wayne Hall
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, vol. 28 no. 1, 2018

Back from the Abyss: A Recovered Doctor's View of the Opioid Epidemic
Peter Grinspoon 
Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, vol. 8 no. 3, 2018

Race and Trajectories of Addiction in Robert...Read More

DSM: A History of Psychiatry’s Bible

by eea | Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 4:00 PM

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association has been called “the most important book of the twentieth century.” While this evaluation is debatable, the history of the DSM is certainly one of the most interesting stories in recent times. When its first edition appeared in 1952, the manual was a slight, spiral-bound pamphlet that required just 32 pages to define all of its 106 diagnosis. The most recent edition, the DSM-5, was published in 2013; it is a massive 947-page tome that defines about 300 conditions in precise detail. The imposing nature of the extant DSM-5, however, disguises the intense uncertainty, factionalism, hostility, and political wrangling that has accompanied the development of each DSM since its third edition in 1980.

By 1980, the cultural and institutional matrix of psychiatry had transformed from its post-World War II immersion in psychoanalytic theory, highly generalized concepts such as neuroses and psychoses, and psychoactive drugs that were targeted at a wide range of conditions. Psychiatry faced a host of interests that scorned the nebulous extant DSM diagnoses: third-party insurers demanded specific diagnoses before they...Read More

Estranging the Novel: Poland, Ireland, and Theories of World Literature

by eea | Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00 PM

My book began, as many academic books do, as a dissertation, with a seemingly simple observation: Polish and Irish literature are remarkably similar to each other. I had arrived in graduate school planning to study 20th century Polish and German writing, and maybe learn Yiddish, but I had a hole to fill in my schedule, and I signed up for an Irish literature class, knowing little more about the subject than what I’d gleaned from reading Angela’s Ashes and How the Irish Saved Civilization as a teenager. In the back of my mind was my grandmother’s observation, upon returning to Poland from a vacation in Ireland, that “they are just like us, in so many ways!” And so, as the professor, Jim Chandler, described the unique qualities of Irish fiction, and especially, of particular novels, texts that seemed like bizarre anomalies in relation to the British tradition, I found, to my surprise and delight, that these peculiar features all had close correspondences in Polish writing — almost eerily so, in some cases. I began to make a list of these mysterious pairs of Polish and Irish novels that were remarkably, fascinatingly, similar...Read More