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Taking it to the Streets with Laura Perna

by eea | Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Like many others, I have dedicated my career to trying to improve equity and advance social change. I am especially interested in identifying ways to ensure that all people – regardless of demographic background or place of residence – have the opportunity to enroll in and benefit from high-quality higher education. Like other academics, I have conducted research studies, using a range of methodological approaches and theoretical lenses, to examine and shed light on multiple dimensions of this topic. I have published the results in books, journal articles, and other outlets targeted toward scholarly audiences. I also engage in efforts intended to connect the results of academic research to the federal and state policymakers, educational leaders and administrators, and others who can create needed changes.

In this era of “fake news,” the politicization of science, and what Tom Nichols calls “the death of expertise,” I have become increasingly curious about how other scholars understand the connections among research, advocacy, and policy. Of particular interest is understanding how colleagues consider such questions as: What is the role of research in informing policymakers and practitioners about the need for policies and practices that advance equity, inclusiveness, and social change? Do academic...Read More

Large and in Charge

by bjs | Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The final issue of New Literary History 's 48th volume took on a big issue. Literally. University of Virgina professors Krishan Kumar and Herbert F. Tucker guest edited the special issue "Writ Large ", which featured eight essays on big thinking and big writing. Tucker joined us for a Q&A about this special issue that tries to answer the age-old question of "is bigger better?"

How did this special issue come about?

In an unusually specific way. In 2014 I got interested in a Times Literary Supplement article on Toynbee’s A Study of History that opened out into broader consideration of the lately disused but arguably now resurgent category of longue-durée historiography, and that went on to ask more generally what were the current prospects for ambitiously capacious work in the interpretive human sciences. Here was an interesting question, I thought, one that intersected with my own ongoing interest in epic forms of imaginative and other writing. Only then did I look up the column and see that the author was none other than a friend of mine at UVa, and a colleague on...Read More

Sarah Gray Cary from Boston to Grenada

by eea | Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Sarah Gray Cary from Boston to Grenada: Shifting Fortunes of an American Family, 1764-1826

While working with the first-person narratives that inform this book, I found historical moment after moment open up in new and often compelling ways. Knowing for example that tensions in British-occupied Boston were only increasing after the Boston Tea Party in December 1773, Sarah Gray Cary’s hastily arranged departure from Massachusetts in early 1774 takes on new urgency. Writing to her son Henry, years later, Sarah explains: “sailing from Portsmouth -- Boston harbor being blocked with ice . . . the following month, the revolution broke out, and then all intercourse was stopped between us.” Sarah is not only alluding to the Coercive Acts, whereby the British revoked the colony’s charter, but she is also marking the beginnings of the American Revolution and the subsequent closing of Boston Harbor in June 1774. Additional archival records provide details about Sarah’s departure. The Reverend Thomas Cary, Sarah’s brother-in-law, records in his diary on February 8 th that “Sister Cary & Ned” arrived in Newburyport from Chelsea and on February 15 th that he “Went to Portsmouth with Sister Sally.” British...Read More

JHUP Adds Two Journals to Collection

by bjs | Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The Johns Hopkins University Press has added two new journals to its exceptional collection of humanities and social sciences publications.

The Journal of Chinese Religions is the official publication of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions . Published twice a year, the journal publishes work on all aspects of Chinese religions in all periods. Philip Clart from Leipzig University in Germany serves as editor of the semiannual publication.

JHUP will publish Asian Perspective in cooperation with the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University in South Korea. Carla P. Freeman from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, edits the journal. The quarterly publishes critical analysis of the global, regional, and transnational issues affecting Asia.

"We are proud to welcome Asian Perspective and the Journal of Chinese Religions to JHUP," said Journals Publisher William Breichner . "Both have an outstanding tradition of producing important work and will fit into our collection of journals. We are also excited to start a relationship with the Society...Read More

A New Reading of World War I American Literature with Keith Gandal

by eea | Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 2:57 PM

One hundred years after U.S. involvement in World War I, it is time to revisit our literature that came out of that conflict--because we are only now, finally, able to understand it in its actual historical context. That is the purpose of my new book, War Isn't the Only Hell: A New Reading of World War I American Literature . It draws on military archives and cutting-edge research by social-military historians to fully and properly come to terms with the works of thirteen of our major writers, including some of our most famous authors and some who were in their own time well-known but have been mostly forgotten.

The Great War is sometimes called “America’s forgotten war.” This is the case, not only because World War I came to be overshadowed by World War II, but because, as Steven Trout suggests, there is no single prevailing account of the war that became registered in the national memory, as there is with World War II. Instead, we supposedly have two sets of contradictory narratives, some patriotic and excited, some haunted and disillusioned. We know what American involvement in World War II was about; we are less clear...Read More

All Our Names

by bjs | Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Nathan Grant has served as editor of African American Review since 2008. An Associate Professor at St. Louis University, he has agreed to republish his introduction to the issue celebrating the journal's landmark 50th anniversary here on our blog. Issue 50.4 has collected works from throughout the journal's history from many notable names. The issue is accessible on Project MUSE .

Gwendolyn Brooks. Wole Soyinka. Sandra Govan. The Umbra Poets. John Edgar Wideman. Houston A. Baker, Jr. Hilton Als. Bernth Lindfors. Nathaniel Mackey. Hortense J. Spillers. Natasha Trethewey. Camille Billops. Kimberly Benston. James V. Hatch. Darwin T. Turner. Jayne Cortez. William Greaves. Frances Smith Foster. Arnold Rampersad. bell hooks. Rita Dove. Jerry W. Ward, Jr. Toi Derricotte. Sandra Pouchet Paquet.

These are just a few of the names whose works have graced the pages of African American Review over the last fifty years. It’s an impressive and weighty list in its entirety—names of poets, fiction writers, and scholars who have given expression both wide and deep to the experiences of African America and the larger African diaspora,...Read More

Where's the Manual? - Tips to Running Successful Colleges and Universities

by eea | Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Where’s the Manual?

Putting together the book, “ Leading Colleges and Universities: Lessons from Higher Education Leaders, ” has been a pleasure, though not a simple undertaking: the issues facing higher education today are profound and plentiful. Some days the task of assembling a list of important topics seemed it would never end: finances - of course; Title IX - no longer simply an athletic matter; tenure - while it is difficult to pass judgment on a colleague, the new question is whether or not it should even exist; governance – faculty share responsibility but now students and the news media seem to want a voice in decision making, as well; and so on. The list grew long and intersected. We wanted to offer two voices for each issue and wished to have balance between large and small institutions, publics and independents; gender equality, long serving and newer to their positions. The chart was beyond what fit on the back on an envelope. But finally the grid came together and the wealth of professional experience our authors reveal is candid and often witty. We asked for and got anecdotes and examples, not precepts or advice...Read More

Not an Environmental Problem but a Political One - Cleaning Up the Chesapeake Bay with Tom Pelton

by eea | Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The Chesapeake Bay as a Reflection of American Political Life

By Tom Pelton

As a journalist covering local government across different regions of the U.S. – in Virginia, Connecticut, Illinois, and Massachusetts – I witnessed a pattern that was disturbing to me. Forests and fields were being blacktopped by suburban sprawl, which was destroying not only natural landscapes but also draining the economic life out of unique and charming towns and cities.

When I started working as a reporter at The Baltimore Sun in 1997, this sterilization of the American landscape became all the more offensive to me, because I saw that it was now defacing one of the world’s great ecological masterpieces: the Chesapeake Bay. For the next 20 years, I wrote about Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay – including as an environmental reporter for The Sun, then as host of the public radio program “The Environment in Focus” on Baltimore’s WYPR 88.1 FM. John Hopkins University Press Editor Robert Brugger was a fan of my radio show, and one day emailed me to ask if I could write a book about the bay. I seized on my book project as an opportunity to...Read More

PCHP Gets New Editorial Team

by bjs | Friday, March 30, 2018 - 11:36 AM

A new editorial team has been chosen to lead the groundbreaking journal Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action (PCHP).

Alvin H. Strelnick , Assistant Dean for Community Engagement at New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will take over as Editor-in-Chief from Northwestern University's Darius Tandon in early April. The journal is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press .

"PCHP showcases work that can truly changes lives, and I look forward to serving as just the third Editor-in-Chief in the journal's history," said Strelnick , who holds academic positions in the Department of Family and Social Medicine and Department of Epidemiology & Population Health at Einstein. He also is Chief of the Division of Community Health in the Department of Family and Social Medicine. "I am grateful to the board and the Johns Hopkins University Press for choosing my team for this honor."

Tandon served as editor-in-chief of...Read More

How Physicians, Engineers, and Airpower Enthusiasts Redefined Flight with Timothy Schultz

by eea | Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The Problem with Pilots: How Physicians, Engineers, and Airpower Enthusiasts Redefined Flight

By Timothy P. Schultz

As a pilot I was surprised to learn that pilots are the biggest problem in aviation. As a historian I wanted to learn why . The result was this book and a new perspective on technological change and human adaptation.

The first place to start was the early decades of flight. As aircraft flew higher, faster, and farther, airmen were exposed as feeble, vulnerable, and dangerous. They asphyxiated or got the bends at high altitudes; they fainted during high-G maneuvers; they spiraled into the ground in poor weather. Pilots also found remarkably inventive ways to imperil their lives due to inattention, incaution, or ineptitude. Many of these problems resulted from humans being inserted into complex technological systems where errors in cognition and errors in design clashed and multiplied. The evolution of aviation described here is in large part the story of how a variety of professionals identified and corrected these errors.

I was surprised to learn how pervasive a role medical experts played in redefining flight. Flight surgeons, or physicians specializing in the...Read More