The Art of the Review
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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!
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 is going on a brief hiatus. We'll be back in January with all new episodes and conversations about
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 ...
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.
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."
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:
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.
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.
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.
This episode delves into the intersection of fine art, illness, disability, and self-identity.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.