There is a growing crisis in the academic monograph marketplace. College and university libraries are experiencing budget cuts; there are too many presses publishing too many titles; there's growing pressure to figure out open access (OA) solutions, particularly in the face of the outrageous Research Works Act; and, aside from crossover or trade titles from the larger presses like Oxford, there is a sense that the barely adequate supply of funding will soon start to slide off a cliff.
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Three years ago, I knew nothing about Toni Stone or the Negro League. I didn't know a thing about baseball's racial history, with the exception being a vague familiarity with the legacy of Jackie Robinson, the African-American player who broke the major leagues' color barrier.
Recent discoveries have transformed scientific understanding of the galaxy, showing a Milky Way teeming with planets. "I don't think we'll have a paucity of planets. We'll have more planets than we know what to do with," fellow Ray Jayawardhana said. "You're living through an incredibly exciting, revolutionary time."
The Washington Post chats with historian Ellen Fitzpatrick RI '09 about what history tells us about the New Hampshire primary winner, and how Mitt Romney falls into this group.
The Schlesinger Library is home to one of the world's most outstanding collections of historical cookbooks, including its most famous possession: the papers, recipes and cookbooks of Julia and Paul Child. The collection spans more than 500 years and almost as many cultures. Marylene Altieri, curator of printed material at the library, says the collection found its home at Radcliffe in the 1960s.
WGBH's Callie Crossley talks with novelist Tayari Jones.
While at Radcliffe, Laurel Bossen and Melissa Brown, in collaboration with anthropologist Hill Gates, are writing a book on female labor and foot binding in early 20th century China.
Frederick Wiseman spoke before a packed audience, delivering the Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in Art and the Humanities, at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
After listening to Errol Morris talk about his craft this week at the Brattle, you might be inclined to hear what another legendary local filmmaker has to say on the subject. Frederick Wiseman will present this year's Radcliffe Institute's Julia S. Phelps Lecture in Art and the Humanities, a talk entitled "Shooting, Editing, And Reading A Documentary Film."
Anita Hill's new book, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home, probes the importance of the concept of home as a central element for the search for gender and racial equality through personal stories and anecdotes. She was at the Radcliffe Institute to discuss the themes in her new book, but audience members couldn’t resist the chance to engage with the author about her time at the center of a national political firestorm.