Writing to the World

Since the 2016 presidential election, we have had almost daily reminders of the prevalence of “fake news” in our new, Facebook and Twitter-reliant media landscape. Frequently, the blame for this phenomenon falls on the media themselves, as commentators contrast the ephemerality and speed of digital...Read more

Accreditation on the Edge

No one is happy with accreditation: Institutions feel burdened, policymakers are frustrated, consumers are unprotected, employer needs are unmet, and accreditors are under fire. Because of this, there is no shortage of recommendations for how to get it right. And, with the reauthorization of the...Read more

Pandemics, Pills, and Politics

En-Capsulating Security: Could a Pill Strengthen National Security? Hardly a year goes by of late in which a new infectious disease outbreak does not capture the world’s fears and imagination – from HIV/AIDS, SARS and pandemic flu, through to Ebola and Zika. Even as I write, another Ebola outbreak...Read more

The New Keywords?

Humanists love words, and with good reason. Studying the history of a word like culture reveals an enormous amount about how we make the world meaningful, who we are, and how we got this way. Scholars of literature, culture, and intellectual history have largely followed Ferdinand de Saussure and...Read more

Algorithmic Criticism and Barthes: Two Perspectives on the Sentence

Literary criticism, magpie discipline, has long benefitted from borrowing techniques from other fields--philosophy, history, linguistics. In recent years, criticism adopted methods for dealing with aggregate data and text analysis originally developed to manage large amounts of data--more...Read more

HHT Awareness Month

Did you know that June is HHT Awareness Month? You’re probably wondering, what is HHT ? That’s because most people, including many doctors, have never heard of Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT), a rare genetic blood vessel disorder. In fact, most people who have HHT don’t know that they...Read more

Walker's Mammals of the World

The history of Walker’s Mammals of the World goes back to the 1930s, when Ernest P. Walker, assistant director of the National Zoological Park in Washington, began assembling data and imagery. First published in 1964, it became a Johns Hopkins University Press classic, with editions in 1968 and...Read more