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The Politics of Defunding Women’s Health

Guest post by Alexandra M. Lord Recently, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation pulled its financial support of breast cancer screening and education programs run by Planned Parenthood. The reasons for pulling their support? According to a spokesperson for the Komen Foundation, the organization has adopted a new rule that prohibits grants to organizations…

The Politics of Defunding Women’s Health

Guest post by Alexandra M. Lord Recently, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation pulled its financial support of breast cancer screening and education programs run by Planned Parenthood. The reasons for pulling their support? According to a spokesperson for the Komen Foundation, the organization has adopted a new rule that prohibits grants to organizations under …

Beating the winter blues

Guest Post by Dinah Miller, M.D. Blah, Blah, Blah It's early February and for many people, it's not the best time of year.  The nights are long, the days are cold and gray, and the sidewalks are icy.  Here in Baltimore, football season ended with a devastating loss by the Ravens in the playoffs, and we’re left with…

January’s Scholarly BIN

By Brendan Coyne, exhibits and awards manager A small sampling of news and views important to scholarly publishing from around the web. Association of American University Presses turning 75 The 134-member Association of American University Presses turns 75 later this year. In celebration of this, the AAUP will, throughout the year, delve into its archives to highlight the…

Monthly contest: share your sounds

Do you hear that? In September 2011, the journal American Quarterly released its annual special issue. This edition "Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies" gave authors a chance to study the role sound plays in American culture. Articles focused not only on music, but on noise pollution, CB radios, and telephone training films. A special web…

Q&A with Tintinologist Benoît Peeters

With Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin in American theaters for over a month now, in this country there is a renewed interest in all things Tintin, including the life and work of the creator of the comic, Georges Remi, better known as Hergé. Recent reviews in The New York Times, Washington Post, and elsewhere of the English-language translation…

Shaping Tehran’s nuclear cost/benefit calculations

Guest post by Mark N. Katz Washington has not yet succeeded in getting Tehran to reassure the international community about its nuclear program. But the Obama Administration’s efforts to increase economic sanctions against Iran for not doing so now appear to be paying off. The EU’s willingness to cut back on buying Iranian oil, the dramatic …