New Book: “Streetwalking” by Ana-Maurine Lara

Streetwalking: LGBTQ Lives and Protest in the Dominican Republic, by Ana-Maurine Lara (Rutgers University Press, 2020, 258 pages). This book “is an exploration of the ways that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer persons exercise power in a Catholic Hispanic heteropatriarchal nation-state, namely the Dominican Republic. Lara presents the specific strategies employed by LGBTQ community leaders […]

New Book: “Beauty Diplomacy” by Kemi Balogun

Beauty Diplomacy: Embodying an Emerging Nation, by Oluwakemi M. Balogun (Stanford University Press, Globalization in Everyday Life Series, 2020, 304 pages). “Even as beauty pageants have been critiqued as misogynistic and dated cultural vestiges of the past in the US and elsewhere, the pageant industry is growing in popularity across the Global South, and Nigeria […]

New Book: “Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan” by Anita Weiss

Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan: Local Actions, Local Voices, by Anita M. Weiss (Oxford University Press, 2020). “This book identifies and analyzes the impact of the various ways in which local people are responding, taking stands, recapturing their culture, and saying ‘stop’ to the violent extremism that has manifested over the past decade (even longer) […]

New Book: “Earth Matters on Stage” by Theresa May

Earth Matters on Stage: Ecology and Environment in American Theater, by Theresa May (Routledge, 2020, 344 pages). The book “tells the story of how American theater has shaped popular understandings of the environment throughout the 20th century as it argues for theater’s potential power in the age of climate change. Using cultural and environmental history, […]

ACLS Fellowship Program to Focus On Supporting Early Career, Non-Tenured Scholars

July 20, 2020 Press Release — The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announced today that it will redirect the funding focus of the ACLS Fellowship Program to support early career, non-tenured scholars exclusively.The decision comes in the wake of the disproportionate effect the current economic downturn has had on emerging independent scholars and those […]

New Book: “Gaming Sexism” by Amanda Cote

Gaming Sexism: Gender and Identity in the Era of Casual Video Games, by Amanda Cote, (NYU Press, 2020, 274 pages). “When the Nintendo Wii was released in 2006, it ushered forward a new era of casual gaming in which video games appealed to not just the stereotypical hardcore male gamer, but also to a much […]

New UO COVID-19 Relief Fund includes support for caregivers

July 28, 2020 — The University of Oregon announced today a new Relief Fund to support employees facing financial hardships during the pandemic.

According to a UO Human Resources webpage, the emergency financial assistance is intended to provide aid with specific needs related to the COVID-19 crisis including:

New or increased eldercare expenses or childcare […]

New book: “Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust” by Gina Herrmann

Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust: History and Representation, edited by Sara J. Brenneis and Gina Herrmann (University of Torronto Press, 2020, 736 pages). “Spain has for too long been considered peripheral to the human catastrophes of World War II and the Holocaust. This volume is the first broadly interdisciplinary, scholarly collection to […]

New book: “Motivating Students on a Time Budget” by Sarah Steiner and Miriam Rigby

Motivating Students on a Time Budget: Pedagogical Frames and Lesson Plans for In-Person and Online Information Literacy Instruction. Edited by Sarah Steiner and Miriam Rigby.(Association of College & Research Libraries, 2019, 332 pages)

“As librarians, we often find ourselves outside the traditional structure of our education system. Time limits add another layer of complexity; how can […]

How the childcare crisis will distort the economy for a generation | Politico

July 23, 2020 — In a recent Politico interview, economist Betsey Stevenson argues that the pandemic has exposed a long-building childcare crisis in the U.S. and that the economic toll of the collapse of the child system will be felt for decades to come:

“The work of recovering from it will not end just because we […]