The Art of the Review

The Patient Preference Predictor: Tomlinson and Stahl - No Easy Answers in Bioethics Ep 1

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No Easy Answers in Bioethics is a new podcast from the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Each month Center for Ethics faculty and their collaborators discuss their ongoing work and research across many areas of bioethics--clinical ethics, evidence-based medicine, health policy, medical education, neuroethics, shared decision-making, and more.

The Art of the Review - Episode 11 Obituary as Review

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This episode is about the scholarly obituary and presents two different approaches to the enterprise of reviewing a scholar's life. Tasked with "reviewing" the life of historian and his own mentor, Dr. Raymond A. Mohl, Robert interviews H-War editor David Silbey about his review of distinguished military historian John Keegan. Robert and Yelena then talk about some considerations, like what to include and the issue of objectivity. Links to the obituaries and interviews discussed are below.

The Art of the Review - Episode 13 The Short Review

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In this episode, Yelena and Robert discuss the benefits and drawbacks of writing short reviews. Yelena mentions The New Yorker's regular Briefly Noted reviews, which prove without a doubt that writing skill matters in the short review.

The Art of the Review - Episode 14 Peer Review & the Digital Humanities

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In this episode, we return to the topic of peer review, this time discussing the peer review process for editing and publishing scholarly editions. Robert interviews Mark Kamrath, a Professor of English at the University of Central Florida.

The Art of the Review - Episode 1 Welcome

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In this very first episode of The Art of the Review, listeners meet Robert Cassanello, Associate Professor of History at University of Central Florida and H-Net’s Vice President of Research & Publications; Yelena Kalinsky, Managing Editor of H-Net Reviews and H-Net’s Associate Director for Reviews; and H-Net copyeditors Basia Nowak and Charlotte Weber.

The Art of the Review - Episode 3 Reviews We Liked, part 2

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In this episode, Robert continues the discussion of reviews we liked with H-Net copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak. The reviews discussed are below.


More reviews we liked:

The Art of the Review - Episode 6 Professionalism in Tone

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In this second part of our two-part episode on professionalism, Robert and Yelena discuss how network advisory boards can help review editors vet a review's tone prior to publication.

The Art of the Review - Episode 4 Quotes

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This episode dispenses some straightforward advice about the use of quotes in reviews. Robert speaks with H-Net copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak about some dos and don'ts of using quotations in reviews.


A review we mentioned in the episode was:

The Art of the Review - Episode 5 Professionalism & Constructive Criticism

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This is the first of a two-part episode about professionalism in academic book reviewing. In this episode, Robert and Yelena look at H-Net's guidelines for professionalism and speak with H-Net copyeditors Basia Nowak and Charlotte Weber about two reviews that constructively critique the books under review. 

The Art of the Review - Episode 7 The Living Review

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This episode, which we are calling The Living Review, takes as its point of departure the idea of looking back to a review after some years or decades. Robert and Yelena discuss an interview Robert did with James Struthers, professor of Canadian Studies at Trent University in Ontario. Prof. Struthers looks back at a review he wrote in 1994 for the now defunct H-State list.

The Art of the Review - Episode 8 The Author as Audience

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena talk about what special considerations reviewers should make regarding a book's author. Robert shares his experiences of having his own book reviewed, and then speaks with Brendan C. Lindsay, whose book Murder State: California's Native American Genocide, 1848-1873 was recently reviewed on H-AmIndian, about the ways that that review has been helpful to him.


The reviews we discussed were:

The Art of the Review - Episode 9 Peer Review

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena talk about the internal peer review process that journals and academic book publishers undergo prior to publication. We speak about the expectations for peer reviewers in evaluating a manuscript and the work that publishers and editors do in recruiting such peer reviewers. In the second part of the episode, Robert interviews Derek Krissoff, Director of West Virginia University Press about the review process from a publisher's point of view. Don't miss that second half of the episode!

The Art of the Review - Episode 10 Reviewing Translations

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena speak with Paolo Giordano, the Neil E. Euliano Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies at the University of Central Florida about some things to consider when reviewing translated works. While few H-Net networks regularly review works of translations, a recent review on H-Buddhism did consider the issue of translation and cultural context:

The Art of the Review - Holiday Hiatus

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Dear listeners,

The Art of the Review is going on a brief hiatus. We'll be back in January with all new episodes and conversations about

The Art of the Review - Episode 12 The Long Review

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We start out the new year with a long interview with H-Socialisms review editor Dr. Gary Roth and reviewer Dr. Robert Barsky about Bob's review of The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature by Jaime Nace Cohen-Cole. When Bob was working on his review last spring, he found that the "open mind" program that Cohen-Cole describes in his book, a program that "promoted to address the threat posed by Communism and ...

The Art of the Review - Episode 15 Citations

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This episode is one of an occasional series where Yelena and Robert speak with H-Net's copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak about the nuts and bolts of reviewing at H-Net. In this installment, we discuss the use of citations in scholarly book reviews, which Charlotte and Basia explain are usually kept to a minimum.

The Art of the Review - Episode 16 Reviewing as Criticism

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This episode is a special treat, as it features Robert's conversation with Barry Mauer, Associate Professor in the Department of English at UCF and a former music critic, speaking about music criticism as a form of reviewing. The topic of the conversation turns to Bob Dylan's 1970 album Self-Portrait, which was famously panned by Greil Marcus in Rolling Stone. And finally, Robert and Barry talk about "meta-criticism."

The Art of the Review - Episode 17 Reviewing Comics

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena talk about the academic treatment of comics and comic books, from art history to comic book studies, and Robert interviews Julian C. Chambliss, Associate Professor of History at Rollins College, about reviewing comics for scholarly and popular audiences.

Links to some of the things mentioned in this episode:

The Art of the Review - Episode 24 Hiring a Professor

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In this episode, we speak with Jean Stuntz, Professor of History at West Texas A&M University and current H-Net President about the process of academic job hiring. Jean first joined H-Net as a subscriber in 1994 and is now editor of the H-SAWH and H-Texas networks.

The Art of the Review - Episode 22 The Voice of the Reviewer

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In this episode, Robert speaks with Michael Munnik, Lecturer in Social Science Theories and Methods at Cardiff University and review editor for H-SAE, the H-Net network associated with the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, a section of the American Anthropological Association focusing on European communities and contexts.

The Art of the Review - Episode 21 H-Net History, Part 2

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In this second part of our series on the early days of H-Net, Robert speaks with long-time H-Law editor Charles Zelden about the earliest book reviews on H-Law, which included both reviews published elsewhere and 

The Art of the Review - Episode 19 Reviewing Culture

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This episode was inspired by a previous episode of The Art of the Review, in which we discussed Professionalism in Tone with Vladimir Solonari and H-Net copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak.

The Art of the Review - Episode 20 H-Net History, Part 1

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In this episode, Robert speaks with H-Net's first Vice President for Research and Publications, a Habsburg list editor from 1994 to 2009, and World History Bibliographer at Rutgers University Libraries, Jim Niessen.

The Art of the Review - Episode 18 Reviewing Digital History

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In this episode, Robert speaks with Seth Denbo, Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives at the American Historical Association, about the Guidelines on the Professional Evaluation of Digital Scholarship by Historians, released in June 2015.

Reflecting on Early Bioethics: Fleck and Tomlinson - Episode 9

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What issues were bioethicists concerned with in the early days of the field? This episode features two senior faculty members from the MSU Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Director Tom Tomlinson, PhD, and Professor Len Fleck, PhD.

Organ Donation Models: Eijkholt and Fleck - Episode 8

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What kinds of organ donation models exist around the world, and how effective are those models? This episode on organ donation models features Assistant Professor Dr. Marleen Eijkholt and Professor Dr. Len Fleck from the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

‘Imaging and Imagining Illness’: Devan and Darian Stahl - Episode 7

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This episode delves into the intersection of fine art, illness, disability, and self-identity.

Medical Workforce Diversity and the Professional Entry Tax: Bogdan-Lovis and Kelly-Blake - Ep 6

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This episode features Libby Bogdan-Lovis, Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, and Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake, Assistant Professor in the Center for Ethics and the Department of Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. As leaders of a multi-institutional research team, they were interested in examining strategies and associated rationales for expanding underrepresented minority presence in U.S. undergraduate medical education.

Public Perception of Psychiatric Interventions: Cabrera, Bluhm, and McKenzie - Ep 5

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This episode features Dr. Laura Cabrera, Assistant Professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and the Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine, Dr. Robyn Bluhm, Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department and Lyman Briggs College, and undergraduate research assistant Rachel McKenzie.

Comparing Chinese and American Bioethics: Cheng and Tomlinson - Ep 4

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This episode features Dr. Guobin Cheng, Adjunct Associate Professor with the Center for Ethics and Associate Professor at Southeast University in China, and Center Director and Professor Dr. Tom Tomlinson.

The Medical Ethics Resource Network of Michigan: a History - Ep 3

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In this episode, Dr. Leonard Fleck, Professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University, sits down with producer Liz McDaniel to discuss his involvement in the Medical Ethics Resource Network of Michigan (MERN), a non-profit organization that existed for about twenty years, beginning in 1986. Dr.

Shared decision-making in medicine: Barry and Holmes-Rovner - Ep 2

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In Episode 2, Dr. Henry Barry, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development in the College of Human Medicine, and Dr.

Presentation: Podcasting for Academics

Podcasting for Academics

A presentation presented January 25, 2017 at the Michigan State University Library Digital Humanities Series.

The presentation offered an introduction to podcasting for academics, which can be useful for research, outreach, or pedagogy. Included technical best practices for recording and working with audio files, starting a podcast, and some ideas for what academics can contribute to developing podcasting as a medium.

No Sounds Are Forbidden - Episode 11 - Among the Ruins: The Rebirth of Europe’s Avant-Garde

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In the eleventh episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden, “Among the Ruins: The Rebirth of Europe’s Avant-Garde,” host Matthew Friedman explores how European composers built a new avant-garde, virtually out of nothing after the Second World War. Growing out of the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, this transnational community of composers sought to build a new music for a new, united Europe, although they could never escape the shadow of Europe’s traumatic past

Rate of completing a podcast episode against length of episode

This is a graph produced by Nick DePrey (@Nickdeprey), analytics manager for NPR One, graphing rates of completion of a podcast episode against the length of the episode among NPR One listeners. Originally posted on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Nickdeprey/status/840260031266340864/photo/1

No Sounds Are Forbidden - Episode 10 – Soir d’Hiver: The Spectacular Modernist Christmas Spectacular!

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No Sounds Are Forbidden is back with its tenth episode. Musicologist Jill Rogers (University College Cork) joins host Matthew Friedman for a holiday special exploring how modernist and avant-garde composers have marked Christmas in their music since the early 20th century.

Exploring Academic Podcasting

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In this podcast, H-Net intern Jessica Kukla consults experts and professionals in the field of academic podcasting about what it takes to create a podcast. Interviews with podcast producers from various levels of scholarship discuss ideas about podcast show timelines, sustainability, and support. Jessica also interviews some pioneers in the field to examine how podcasting reshapes how scholars interact with their work.

CFP: Advertising & Society Quarterly: Pieces on advertising in society, especially digital advertising

CFP: Advertising & Society Quarterly: Pieces on advertising in society, especially digital advertising

In 2017, publication begins for Advertising & Society Quarterly (ASQ). It is the successor to Advertising & Society Review. The journal studies the place of advertising in society, culture, history, and the economy. ASQ seeks interdisciplinary pieces written in a clear, accessible style for academics, students, and the industry.

The Art of the Review - Episode 32 Revelry

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In this episode, The Art of the Review takes a field trip to Sanford, Florida to attend Revelry, a poetry event organized by Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright to honor the life and legacy of poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Robert speaks to Dr. Wright about the review process that goes into judging poetry submissions for Revelry.

No Sounds Are Forbidden - Episode 9 - The Death of Europa: The Rise and Fall of the Inter-War Avant-Garde

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In the ninth episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden, “The Death of Europa: The Rise and Fall of the Inter-War Avant-Garde,” host Matthew Friedman explores the adventurous, and often chaotic street-level avant garde of Central Europe between the World Wars. In Berlin, Prague, and Vienna, radical composers, writers, and critics promoted a new vision of European culture that rejected the "immutable truths" of the Anciens Regimes.

The Art of the Review - Episode 31 Introducing H-Law's Legal History Podcast

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In this special summer episode, we take a step back from reviewing to introduce listeners to H-Law's new legal history podcast.

No Sounds Are Forbidden - Episode 8 - In Phase/Out of Phase: The Radical Simplicity of Minimalism

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In the eighth episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden, “In Phase/Out of Phase: The Radical Simplicity of Minimalism,” host Matthew Friedman explores the American avant-garde's turn to minimalism in the late 1960s and 1970s.

No Sounds Are Forbidden - Episode 7 - Music of Changes: Cage, Chance Operations, and Indeterminacy

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In the seventh episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden, “Music of Changes: Cage, Chance Operations, and Indeterminacy,” host Matthew Friedman explores the profound impact of the work and ideas of John Cage on the American avant-garde. Seeking to liberate sound from the restraints of conventional music, Cage introduced new compositional practice based on chance, and nurtured a generation of composers whose music was in a state of continual change.

The Art of the Review - Episode 30 Art Criticism

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In this episode, Yelena speaks with Natasha Kurchanova, an art historian specializing in the Russian avant-garde, a critic and curator of contemporary art about the connections and differences between art history and art criticism. Natasha received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. the City University of New York, where she studied modern art, photography, and film.

No Sounds Are Forbidden - Episode 6 - Synthetic Sound: The Second Electronic Music Revolution

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In the sixth episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden, “Synthetic Sound: The Second Electronic Music Revolution,” host Matthew Friedman explores sound synthesis, and how the invention of the electronic synthesizer inspired avant-garde composers, and transformed how listeners listened to music. This episode features music by Milton Babbitt, Morton Subotnick, Charles Wuorinen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Raymond Scott, Gershon Kingsley, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

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