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Not Even Past: A Q&A with Cody Marrs

by jdm | Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 10:00 AM

A Q&A with Cody Marrs, author of Not Even Past: The Stories We Keep Telling About the Civil War .

What led you to write Not Even Past ?

A lot of it was just living and teaching in the South. The Civil War shades into almost everything here. It’s in the places, the names, the sense of identity. That’s what generated the book: I wanted to connect what I do as a scholar to the everyday world I live in. I wanted to figure out how, why, and when the Civil War became this enduring conflict in American culture. I was curious: Who gets to tell the story of the Civil War, and how does that story change over time? What books have had the biggest impact, and why? I wanted answers, so I read everything I could get my hands on—poems, songs, letters, films, novels, statues, memorials—and then wrote about it.

How has Civil War memory changed over time?

Well, cultural memory never occurs in a vacuum. It’s social and adaptive. So it tends to change as the country changes. For a long time, the...Read More

Autism Awareness Month

by may | Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 8:34 AM

Puzzle Pieces

Nearly 50 years ago, The Autism Society declared April Autism Awareness Month - a time when organizations and individuals work together to increase awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with autism. As medical research continues to work towards understanding the condition, academics too have made great contributions to a deeper understanding of Autism and the experience of those living along the spectrum. Many JHU Press journals - ranging in subject matter from psychology to ethics, publish research and critical thinking that touches on those with autism. Here is a selection of titles, though many more are available (now with free access) on Project Muse.

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics Volume 2, Number 3, Winter 2012 Symposium: Parenting Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders Through the Transition to Adulthood

Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology Volume 26, Number 3, September 2019 An Anthropological Perspective on Autism

Literature and Medicine Volume 25, Number 1, Spring 2006 Mindblindness: Autism, Writing, and the Problem of Empathy

Feminist Formations Volume 30, Issue 1, Spring 2018 The Desire to Recognize the Undesirable: De/Constructing the Autism Epidemic Metaphor...Read More

JHU Press Journals Welcomes Christianity & Literature

by may | Monday, March 30, 2020 - 1:31 PM

Stained Glass Window

Last year, JHU Press was honored to acquire the journal Christianity & Literature . Christianity & Literature , published since 1950, is a scholarly journal devoted to the exploration of how literature engages Christian thought, experience, and practice. The first issue published by JHUP is Volume 69, Issue 1 (March 2020), a special issue titled Literature of / about the Christian Right . The journal’s editor, Mark Eaton of Azusa Pacific University, and the special issue’s guest editor, Christopher Douglas of the University of Victoria, took some time to discuss how the topic for the special issue came about, how the issue tackles the theme, and what’s in store for this journal ahead.

How was the topic of "Literature of / about the Christian Right" and Christopher Douglas chosen as guest editor for this special issue?

ME: Since becoming editor of Christianity & Literature in 2015, I along with Associate Editors Matt Smith and Caleb Spencer, have organized two special issues each year, or two out of four issues in each volume. Special issue topics have ranged widely, including The Environmental Imagination, Poetics/Praxis, The Sacramental Text Reconsidered, and Sincerity. We have asked a...Read More

Books to Escape With

by Anonymous (not verified) | Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Responsible global citizens are following news about the latest in COVID-19 developments in their communities and around the world, listening to experts, and taking precautions to keep themselves and their communities safe, so many of us are finding ourselves with a lot more quiet time at home. It’s important to stay informed (and we’ve put together a list of our books to help understand the situation), but we also sometimes need a break from the heaviness of the day’s news.

Below, we’ve put together a handful of books for anyone who’s practicing social distancing, quarantined, or just looking for an engrossing new read. Books that tell stories about our world, history, and even books themselves.

Nonfiction Gertrude Stein Has Arrived: The Homecoming of a Literary Legend

Roy Morris, Jr.

The American book tour that catapulted Gertrude Stein from quirky artist to a household name.

"[Morris's] writing is brisk and breezy... he magnifies and makes new."

Wall Street Journal The Lost Books of Jane Austen

Janine Barchas

"The lesson of this delicious book is that [Jane Austen] was even more popular for even longer with an...Read More

Writing Can Change Health Care

by eea | Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 12:00 PM

For more than 20 years, the “ Narrative Matters ” section of the health policy journal Health Affairs has showcased some of the most compelling personal stories in health care. I have edited the section since the fall of 2012, following in the footsteps of Ellen Ficklen, Kyna Rubin, and the section’s founding editor, the late Fitzhugh Mullan. When Mullan launched the section in 1999 with the encouragement of John Iglehart, the founding editor of Health Affairs , he and the rest of the Health Affairs team envisioned it as an opportunity to leverage the power of storytelling – with all its depth, drama, and emotion – to bring a human, and humane, perspective to research data and to policy debates. As a happy by-product, we’ve also nurtured this form of writing (what we call the “policy narrative,” but also the genre of medical and health narratives more broadly) by creating a regular space for it, and providing peer review and editorial guidance to authors. In 2006, Mullan, Ficklen, and Rubin gathered some of the most popular Narrative Matters essays in a collection called Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health...Read More

Books for Understanding COVID-19

by eea | Friday, March 6, 2020 - 9:00 AM

When a new disease emerges, one of the public’s biggest enemies can be misinformation. While everyone is encouraged to keep up to date with the latest progress of the 2019 novel coronavirus, the cause of the disease COVID-19, it is important to fully understand the various factors at play in identifying and controlling a global epidemic. These include concepts of epidemiology such as: prevention, vaccine development and distribution, regional health governance, international policy, and pillars of immunity and the immune system.

Below, we’ve put together a brief guide to JHUP books and authors that may help readers understand potential causes of the outbreak, what we can be doing now, and what the path forward may look like.

A Modern Contagion: Imperialism and Public Health in Iran's Age of Cholera by Amir A. Afkhami

In A Modern Contagion , Amir Afkhami argues that Iran’s nineteenth-century Cholera crisis had a profound influence on the development of modern Iran, steering the country's social, economic, and political currents.

As the novel coronavirus continues its widespread infection of the Iranian population, Afkhami has been approached by multiple outlets, including The New York Times , to speak...Read More

Fixing the Poor: Eugenic Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century

by eea | Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 3:00 PM

When Fixing the Poor was published in 2017, eugenics seemed like a shameful episode in America’s past. Today, #eugenics is trending. Universities confront their eugenics legacies. Scientists debate whether eugenics policies would work. The White House is imposing harsh new immigration and border policies that many decry as racist and eugenic. Opponents of legal abortion, including US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, denounce abortion as “rife with the potential for eugenic manipulation.” Eugenics is back at the center of US policy debates, making historical perspectives more urgent than ever.

Fixing the Poor adds to the debate over eugenics legacies with a striking reinterpretation of one of the best-known and most-deplored eugenics policies: sterilization. My book departs from most scholars’ emphasis on eugenics discourse by focusing on the routine operation of the sterilization program in one state, Minnesota. It places poverty and administrative control of “the poor” at the heart of sterilization practice.

Eugenics was international, but US sterilization policies were enacted at the state level and addressed local concerns. Thirty-two states legalized eugenic sterilization between 1907 and 1937, resulting in the sterilization of more than 63,000 individuals. State sterilization laws...Read More

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

by may | Monday, March 2, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” – Dr. Seuss

Theodore Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. After working as an advertising illustrator, political cartoonist, and humorist, his first children’s book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was

published in 1937. He subsequently wrote more than 60 books, which have been translated into more than 20 languages, many of which have also been turned into animated classics and feature films.

Dr. Suess’s whimsical illustrations, poetic meter, and accessible vocabulary made him one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time. Today, the legacy of Dr. Seuss – who also published under the names “Theo LeSieg” and “Rosetta Stone”- is celebrated every year on March 2 nd . “Read Across America Day” and “World Book Day” are commemorated by adults and children in schools and libraries across the globe to celebrate Seuss and his influence on reading and literacy.

There is much to be said about the legacy of Dr. Seuss, and academic scholars continue to analyze, review and critique his work across many disciplines....Read More

Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education: Q&A with authors Joshua Kim and Edward Maloney

by eea | Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 12:00 PM

“We wrote this book to open up a conversation about how colleges and universities might evolve their institutions to better align teaching practices with the emerging science of learning.”

That sentence is from our recently published book, Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education (Feb. 11, 2020). If you’ve read any of our articles over the past six months, you probably have noticed us referencing the book. You wouldn’t have to look too hard – we’re pretty excited about it and hope, as we say, that it will open up a conversation about the future of higher education.

To get this conversation going, our publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press, has generously provided us with six questions.

Why did you write the book?

To elaborate a bit more on the first sentence of our book, we wrote Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education for three big reasons. Our first motivation was to mark what we are calling a turn to learning in higher education . We looked around at our own work at Georgetown and Dartmouth – and what we have...Read More

Project Paperclip Was Stranger Than Fiction

by eea | Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 4:00 PM

I could not be happier with the critical reception of Our Germans: Project Paperclip and the National Security State since its release in early 2018. Reviews in the Journal of American History , American Historical Review , Intelligence and National Security , and Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society praise the book’s integration of new research, measured analysis and argumentation, and accessible style. What struck me these past few years doing interviews and speaking to audiences about Our Germans is just how much our perception of Paperclip is shaped by its representation in popular culture. Moreover, Paperclip enjoys a prominent place among conspiracy theorists (several of whom contact me on a regular basis) who see the controversial intelligence program as either part of a secret alien agenda or the foundation of a neo-Nazi Fourth Reich hiding in the shadows. On the one hand, I certainly understand why the complex operation responsible for bringing over approximately 1,500 German and Austrian scientists, engineers, and technicians to the US for “long term exploitation” is fertile ground for popular culture. On the other hand, as I demonstrate in Our...Read More