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Holiday Book Signings and Special Events brighten the December calendar

by rr | Friday, November 29, 2013 - 8:30 AM

JHU Press authors will be contributing mightily to the holiday spirit in December with a grueling (but jolly!) schedule of book signings and special programs. Especially in the Baltimore area, where JHUP’s regional books have long been popular holiday gifts, authors such as Mike Olesker, Bryan MacKay, Ted Patterson, and Dean Smith will be meeting, greeting, schmoozing, and signing throughout the month. December highlights include “JHU Press Night” at Baltimore’s Ivy Bookshop on the 4 th and Ron Coddington’s talk at the National Archives (about his Faces of the Civil War trilogy) on the 7 th . Holiday list-makers, take note: for the shopping list, please add JHU Press books and journals for your nearest and dearest; for the to-do list, remember to spread the word about our December activities! Happy holidays!

1 December 2013, 1:00 p.m. Book Signing - Michael Olesker Front Stoops in the Fifties: Baltimore Legends Come of Age Barnes & Noble, Johns Hopkins/Charles Village Baltimore, MD Admission: Free; 410-662-5850. ...Read More

November news and new books

by rr | Monday, November 25, 2013 - 9:00 AM

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News and Notes / Praise and Reviews

The New York Review of Books 50 th Anniversary Issue featured a published excerpt from volume 2 of The Online Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot Midday with Dan Rodricks hosted Robert C. Post, author of Who Owns America's Past: The Smithsonian and the Problem of History.

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Anxiety: A Short History Horwitz narrates how anxiety has been experienced, understood, and treated through the ages—from Hippocrates, through Freud, to today. Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon "Readers may take this up for the pictures alone: they are sumptuous. . . Smucker...Read More

Clara Barton and Mr. Jones: From Gettysburg to I Street

by cmt | Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 2:00 PM

guest post by Marian Moser Jones Last week, a man identifying himself as George Jones from Chicago left a cryptic voicemail on my office phone: “I have some information for you about Clara Barton. Please call.” In the months since the publication of my book, The American Red Cross from Clara Barton to the New Deal , I had encountered people who recounted stories of relatives who worked for the Red Cross, but nobody promising an inside scoop on its iconic founder. Barton, who gained wide renown for her Civil War aid work, organized the American Red Cross in 1881. Perhaps Mr. Jones had uncovered some new evidence about her—a blood-encrusted battlefield diary or a trove of steamy love letters. The truth, of course, proved more mundane. It nevertheless raised profound questions about the historical importance of place—questions that have become especially relevant as we commemorate the 150th anniversaries of major Civil War events, including, today, the Gettysburg Address . While researching the history of the site on which his daughter’s house in Washington, D.C., was built, Mr. Jones told me he had learned that Clara Barton had stayed at the original house on...Read More

The Health Crisis of the Civil War

by cmt | Monday, November 18, 2013 - 8:30 AM

guest post by Margaret Humphreys In a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine , Jennifer Leaning and Debarati Guha-Sapir explore the public health implications of natural disasters. At first the fact that wars and disasters kill people may provoke an eye-roll response—“Oh, gee, I didn’t know that”—but a closer reading evokes a broader perspective on the common disruptions of such events and the usefulness of pattern prediction for planning humanitarian response. Some details will help make this approach clearer. A public health view of war predicts, for example, that food supplies will be disrupted, infectious diseases will flourish, and displaced persons, especially women and children, will be at risk. Whether the war in question happens in Virginia in 1862 or Mali in 2012, these are factors that are likely to take lives; in an ideal world, such factors may be areas in which humanitarian intervention can make a difference. The public health analysis of warfare points out that wars often reduce the available food supply. Agricultural workers are drawn from the fields, either due to military enlistment or because the workers flee from servitude or the threat of arms. No one has recorded,...Read More

Our Reach Is Far and Wide

by bjs | Friday, November 15, 2013 - 9:00 AM

Thirty-seven presses have united for the Association of American University Presses annual University Press Week blog tour , which concludes today. Individual presses blogged on a different theme each day, writing posts that profiled university press staff members, discussed the future of scholarly communication, spotlighted different subject areas, argued for the importance of regional publishing, and delved into the global reach of university presses. Today, we are joined by colleagues at Columbia University Press , Georgetown University Press , Indiana University Press , New York University Press , Princeton University Press , University of Wisconsin Press , and Yale University Press in discussing the global reach of university presses. A global footprint comes naturally at the Johns Hopkins University Press. We felt like this topic fit most naturally for the University Press Week blog tour because it pretty much defines what we do. We cross borders all the time through our books, journals, and electronic products, but each area of our business has a different story to tell. Books by Michele Callaghan, Senior Manuscript Editor As I go...Read More

Quilting the Cover

by cmt | Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 8:30 AM

Amish women have long been connoisseurs of fabric, skilled at assessing the differences in weight, hand, color, and texture. The Ordnung —or guidelines that govern church districts at the local level—has long limited Amish families’ fabric choices for clothing to solid colors. As a result, for much of the twentieth century Amish women typically executed quilts in the same solid-colored fabrics they used to make clothing.

Although I have been making quilts for the past 20 years, I am not an Amish quiltmaker. Only an Amish person can make an Amish quilt. But like many other contemporary quiltmakers, as well as other visual artists and designers, quilts made by the Amish inspire me. The design team at JHU Press shared this inspiration, and we collaborated to craft an Amish-inspired quilt to grace the cover of Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon.

After all my efforts writing, revising, and tracking down rights for over 100 images, I traded my computer for my sewing machine and checked in with a different part of my brain—that corner which can calculate fractions, recognize patterns, and troubleshoot a finicky sewing machine. JHU Press designer Martha Sewall and...Read More

New Editor Takes Helm at ELH

by bjs | Monday, October 28, 2013 - 11:26 AM

After a 17-year career teaching at Rutgers, Jonathan Kramnick has returned to Johns Hopkins University, where he received his Master's and Ph.D. in English and American Literature. In addition to his faculty duties, Kramnick has taken over as editor of ELH . which is housed in the JHU English Department. He joined us for a podcast to talk about his new role and share news about the journal. [audio http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/podcasts/20131023.mp3]Read More

Wild Thing: Discovering the hybrid world of penguins

by cmt | Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 8:30 AM


Wild Thing is an occasional series where JHU Press authors write about the flora and fauna of the natural world—from the rarest flower to the most magnificent beast. Guest post by Gerald L. Kooyman

My association with penguins began with a singular encounter of three emperor penguins in the early austral spring of 1961. It was a moment that I continue to remember vividly, and I have told or written about the experience numerous times. I was on the north shore of Cape Royds, within a snowball's throw of Ernest Shackleton ’s expeditionary hut, which was built in 1907 to serve as his base for launching the second attempt by any party to reach the south pole. The hut seemed as if it were built the year before, in almost new condition, preserved in this continent-sized freezer. I did not pay much attention to these auspicious surroundings because my attention was drawn to a strange and haunting call two hundred feet offshore. It was the contact call, one that I have heard thousands of times since, but never have I been more aware of it than I was then. The three...Read More

October news and new books

by cmt | Friday, October 18, 2013 - 8:30 AM

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News and Notes / Praise and Reviews

Midday with Dan Rodricks hosted Marian Moser Jones, author of The American Red Cross from Clara Barton to the New Deal . Janine Barchas, author of Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location and Celebrity and creator of What Jane Saw , discussed the continued popularity of Jane Austen on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Daily Circuit . Examiner.com calls Schizophrenia: A Brother Finds Answers in Biological Science “a must-read for anyone who has a loved one suffering from schizophrenia.” For an informed and common-sense approach to gun control, Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker urges Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis for “all who want to catch up on the scientific news on the subject.”

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The latest on Syria

by bjs | Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 3:41 PM

In the October 2013 issue of the Journal of Democracy , a quintet of articles take a look at the "Arab Spring." The essays take on over-arching issues with the push for democracy in the region as well as updates on individual issues in specific countries. Dr. Steven Heydemann, a senior adviser for Middle East Initiatives at the U.S. Institute of Peace . wrote " Syria and the Future of Authoritarianism ," an examination of the possibility that authoritarian regimes will emerge even more repressive than in the past. Heydemann joined Christopher Walker , Executive Director of the International Forum with the National Endowment for Democracy , to talk about the article for an episode of the Democracy Ideas video series on the NED website. Video of Democracy Ideas: Interview With Steven HeydemannRead More