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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 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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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...Read More

Social Research : In the Time of Plague

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


Social Research : In the time of Plague

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.

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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...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...Read More

Runaway College Costs: Q&A with Authors James V. Koch and Richard J. Cebula

by eea | Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Why did you write Runaway College Costs: How College Governing Boards Fail to Protect Their Students?

Who has not heard complaints about the skyrocketing cost of attending college?  Between Fall 2006 and Fall 2020, the growth in the cost of attending a four-year, public college, after taking scholarships and grants into account, rose 16.6% faster than the increase in the Consumer Price Index and even has been greater than the rise in the cost of medical services.  What nearly always has been overlooked in this situation has been the unfortunate, sometimes unknowing role that the members of college governing boards (the trustees) have played in this scenario.  Virtually any significant cost increase on any American campus must be approved by the trustees who are legally responsible for the institution.  They are the gatekeepers.  Our research reveals that trustees at public institutions approve 98 percent of cost-increasing proposals placed in front of them and usually do so unanimously.  We examine why this is true and what can be...Read More

A World AIDS Day Reading List

by may | Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 4:29 PM

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, started in 1998 and observed each year on December 1, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people with HIV, and remember those who have died from HIV-related illness. 

The JHU Press Journals division has curated a collection of articles discussing this important topic, reflecting subjects varying from prevention and education to language and narrative.  It is our hope these scholarly papers will give readers a deep sense of the challenges this disease continues to raise worldwide, and of the important work being done to increase awareness and compassion around it. 

All articles below are freely available until December 31, 2020.

African American Older Adults Living with HIV: Exploring Stress, Stigma, and Engagement in HIV Care
Lesley M. Harris, Timothy N. Crawford, Jelani C. Kerr, Tammi Alvey Thomas, and Verena Schmidt
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Volume 31, Number 1, February 2020

Dance-Floor Dramaturgy: Unlearning the Shame and Stigma of HIV through Theatre
Ben Buratta
Theatre Topics, Volume 30, Number 2, July 2020

Building Partnerships and Stakeholder Relationships for HIV Prevention: Longitudinal Cohort...Read More

Broken Cities: A Historical Sociology of Ruins

by eea | Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 5:00 PM

I wrote Broken Cities because I saw that ruins were being used to shape our view of the past and even to create the “pastness” of the past.  As you can see by looking at the cover illustrations of any number of Classics monographs (including Broken Cities), ruins are potent symbols of an antiquity that is at the same time distant from us and, by way of various archaeological methods, reconstructible.  I suspected that ruins had picked up these associations pretty recently, and I wondered how they might have signified at other times and places.

The answer, it turns out, is “differently,” and that’s one thing that Broken Cities tries to convey.  In Augustan literature, for instance, ruination licenses the flight of Aeneas from Troy to Rome, a narrative pattern that Roman writers repeat when describing other ruins and other migrations.  In the Qur’an, by contrast, ruins seem to mark the historical dead end of earlier societies that ignored the prophetic call.  That’s one contrast among many between the numerous ways of ruin-gazing exposed by the...Read More

Physico-theology: Religion and Science in Europe, 1650-1750

by eea | Monday, November 23, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The drive to reconcile religion and science has a long history that extends to this day. It was especially pressing in the period 1650-1750, when religion was a matter of strong commitment and science was being radically transformed by new mathematical, experimental methods, and mechanistic notions about the functioning of nature and the universe. Even the human body was seen as a ‘machine’ by many who followed the mechanical philosophy of Descartes and others. Physico-theology was a genre of writing that aimed to show how the new science could be harmonized with longstanding Christian beliefs in the providence and benevolence of God. The argument from design is the best known of these arguments, but there were several others that variously offered physical explanations of events described in the Bible or overlaid divine providence onto features of the natural world, from the lives of insects to the movements of the planets, and even to the physical possibility of resurrection.

Physico-theology praised God for the regularities and laws of nature rather than the suspension of them in miraculous occurrences. At the same time, physico-theologians defended the role of God in nature against the...Read More

Saving Endangered Species

by eea | Friday, November 20, 2020 - 3:00 PM

In his now classic 1985 publication, Michael E. Soulé posed a profound question. He asked, “What is conservation biology?” At the time, his article defined this emerging new discipline.  Within his answer was an elegant, philosophical assumption. He stated simply, “Diversity of organisms is good.” 

Now, three and a half decades later, the state of biodiversity on our planet is sobering. About 32,000 species are threatened with extinction. The IUCN Red List notes that 25% of all mammals, more than 40% of amphibian species, almost 33% of reef-forming corals, and more than a third of all marine mammals are threatened. The U.N.’s Sustainable Goals report for 2019 states that the “average abundance of native species in most major land-based habitats has fallen by at least 20%” over the past century.    

Eric W. Sanderson, a conservation ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, and his colleagues study the impact of humans on nature. They conclude that “The influence...Read More