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