Book Channel readers may be interested in an ethical and methodological question posed by Theresa Harrington for The Atlantic: "Should history textbooks 'out' LGBT figures?"
Harrington cites a new California law to adopt K-12 history textbooks that highlight the contributions of LGBT people. The conundrum, of course, is how to discuss the identities of people who would not have referred to themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, etc. during their own lifetimes.
Book Channel readers may be interested in this week's piece from The New York Times on the rise of so-called "predatory journals," which publish academic research in exchange for a fee paid by the author. The Times argues that many researchers, despite their awareness of this exploitation, continue to publish in such journals anyway. Why? It's a "new and ugly symbiosis" -- padding CVs for tenure and promotion by propping up poorly-vetted, non-peer-reviewed, "dubious" journals.
Who's to blame? And why is there such silence around this issue?