Author Muriel Gillick discusses “The Caregiver’s Encyclopedia"

by eea | Friday, May 22, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Muriel Gillick, author of The Caregiver’s Encyclopedia: A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Older Adults , summarizes the uses of her helpful book for two different audiences: family caregivers, and physicians. Watch the videos on YouTube at the following links to learn more about Gillick’s indispensable, comprehensive reference for caregiving. - " Supporting Family Caregivers with Medical Knowledge" - " Partnering with Family Caregivers to Aid Physicians with Frail Elderly Patients"

More about The Caregiver’s Encyclopedia :

Caregivers hold the key to the health, well-being, and happiness of their aging relatives, partners, or friends. The Caregiver's Encyclopedia provides you with all of the information you need to take the best care of your loved one—from making major medical decisions to making sure you don't burn out. Written by Muriel R. Gillick, MD, a geriatrician with more than 30 years' experience caring for older people, this book highlights the importance of understanding your friend's or family member's overall health. With compassion and expertise, this book will help you "think like a...Read More

Downward Mobility - Q&A with author Katherine Binhammer

by eea | Friday, May 15, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Katherine Binhammer answers questions about her new book Downward Mobility: The Form of Capital and the Sentimental Novel .

Your book on downward mobility in eighteenth-century literature was published right before a pandemic-induced recession. How might British cultural history illuminate the present?

Downward mobility, where a person’s income is less than their parents, has been increasing since the 1980s yet the story economists have been telling is one of unprecedented financial growth. According to pre-COVID numbers, we had never been wealthier. The pandemic has tragically demonstrated why that story was always a lie, with higher rates of deaths for those in lower incomes while corporate America is given bailouts. Who pays for the risks that global financial capitalism assumes has never been clearer than in this moment. The book’s central argument is that the stories we tell about money are more important to our financial well-being than economic statistics and we need to tell a different story. Eighteenth-century cultural history shows us that the main plot is not upward or downward mobility; the true story is about how wealth is distributed and who pays for the risk.

What got you...Read More

Breakaway Americas: The Unmanifest Future of the Jacksonian United States

by eea | Monday, May 11, 2020 - 4:00 PM

It is often said that Americans know little about world geography, but it seems safe to say that, if asked to draw an outline map of the United States (at least the lower forty-eight), most Americans would do a decent job. After all, the shape of the United States is plastered everywhere. Like the Stars and Stripes and the bald eagle, the shape of the United States has become a quintessential patriotic symbol. Americans just cannot imagine the country looking differently.

It was not always this way. As late as 1844, countless Americans predicted the United States’ territorial growth was uncertain at best. As I show in my book, Breakaway Americas: The Unmanifest Future of the Jacksonian United States , many Americans believed it was just as likely US borders would forever remain east of the Rocky Mountains and north of the Red River (today’s Oklahoma-Texas border). There was good reason for this prediction: the late Jacksonian United States was mired in economic depression, social disorder, and political dysfunction. While some Americans lamented the current state of the country from within its borders, others chose to leave the country entirely: for the Republic of Texas, for...Read More

Digital Philology Explores "Medieval Vulnerabilities"

by may | Friday, May 8, 2020 - 3:47 PM

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Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures explores alternative modes of contact for medieval scholars, librarians, and archivists specializing in medieval studies and medieval texts, made possible by the emergence of digital resources and by engagement with the digital humanities. The latest issue, themed “ Medieval Vulnerabilities ”, uncovered a timely relevance to current events around the world. We sat down with journal Editor Deborah McGrady and Guest Editor Andreea Marculescu to find out more about this issue and the concept of vulnerability.

Q: For those that may not be familiar with Digital Philology , can you tell us about the journal’s focus?

DLM: Digital Philology is a term coined by one of the co-founders of the journal, Stephen G. Nichols, that recognizes the profound methodological and theoretical impact that the digital humanities have had on Medieval Studies and the journal is dedicated to fostering these new approaches to studying medieval languages, literatures, and cultures. Hence its important subtitle: A Journal of Medieval Cultures . I have been the Executive Editor for only one year, but as I carry on the legacy of the journal, I am struck by the...Read More

"Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings" Interview with Author Valerie Trouet and Editor Tiffany Gasbarrini

by eea | Monday, May 4, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Dr. Valerie Trouet, author of the new book Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings , was recently interviewed by Tiffany Gasbarrini, the book’s editor and the Senior Acquisitions Editor for Life Sciences at JHU Press. Their playful, wide-ranging discussion covers the fun side of dendrochronology and highlights of Trouet’s book, with a side of fried caterpillars.

Watch the interview on YouTube at this link:

More about Tree Story :

Children around the world know that to tell how old a tree is, you count its rings. Few people, however, know that research into tree rings has also made amazing contributions to our understanding of Earth's climate history and its influences on human civilization over the past 2,000 years. In her captivating new book, Tree Story , Valerie Trouet reveals how the seemingly simple and relatively familiar concept of counting tree rings has inspired far-reaching scientific breakthroughs that illuminate the complex interactions between nature and people.

Trouet, a leading tree-ring scientist, takes us out into the field, from remote African villages to radioactive Russian forests, offering readers an insider's...Read More