Joy Lisi Rankin, “A People’s History of Computing in the United States” (Harvard UP, 2018)
We know, perhaps too well, the innovation-centric history of personal computing. Yet, computer users were not necessarily microelectronics consumers from the get-go; rather, earlier efforts to expand mainframe computing as a public utility made elite information technology accessible to a wide audience. In A People’s History of Computing in the... Read More
Ahmad Atif Ahmad, “Pitfalls of Scholarship: Lessons from Islamic Studies” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
Ahmad Atif Ahmad’s  Pitfalls of Scholarship: Lessons from Islamic Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) is a unique reflection on the field of Islamic studies. It is not quite a memoir, although it is reflective of Islamic studies, academia, and higher education in general. It is also not quite a book of theory, although... Read More
Farina King, “The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century” (UP of Kansas, 2018)
When the young Diné boy Hopi-Hopi ran away from the Santa Fe Indian Boarding School in the early years of the twentieth century, he carried with him no paper map to guide his way home. Rather, he used knowledge of the region, of the stars, and of the Southwest’s ecology... Read More
Ellen Moore, “Grateful Nation: Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus” (Duke UP, 2017)
I don’t know about the colleges and universities you’re familiar with, but the U.S. military has a pretty visible presence on my campus—through the ROTC, a newly remodeled Veterans Resource Center, and the student veterans themselves who enroll in my classes each semester. So I was immediately intrigued when I... Read More
Janelle Adsit, “Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing” (Bloomsbury, 2017)
Today, we’re talking to Janelle Adsit about her book, Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing (Bloomsbury, 2017). In it, Adsit takes a hard look at the way American colleges and universities teach creative writing. What do students who enter creative-writing classrooms encounter as these young people hope to discover who they... Read More
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