"The Midwest can be derided as being the middle of nowhere, but Not Normal, Illinois
makes a strong case that it’s actually in the middle of everywhere. The
ordered grids of farm land you see as you gaze out the window of a
plane flying over this vast, unpopulated region are a deception—look
closer and you’ll see immense literary talent sprouting from and
feeding off this fertile loam." —Stephanie Hlywak, Rain Taxi
Michael J. Ryan, Ph.D., a scientist at The Cleveland Museum of
Natural History, has announced the discovery of a new horned dinosaur, Medusaceratops lokii.
Approximately 20 feet long and weighing more than 2 tons, the newly
identified plant-eating dinosaur lived nearly 78 million years ago
during the Late Cretaceous period in what is now Montana. Its
identification marks the discovery of a new genus of horned dinosaur.
The Women’s Bioethics Project (WBP) today announced it has awarded a $4,000 grant to theInternational Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. The grant award recognizes the outstanding quality of the content in IJFAB, as well as the importance of its mission to bioethics, social justice and health policy in a global context.The funding will be used to underwrite activities that promote IJFAB and serve the aim of increasing and extending its readership beyond academia and bioethics.Part of the grant will underwrite a reception promoting IJFAB at the meetings of the 10th World Congress of Bioethics in Singapore, July, 2010.
In “Passing-as-if: Model-Minority Subjectivity and Women of Color Identification,” Shireen Roshanravan analyzes the impact of the Asian model minority discourse on both the sociopolitical and intellectual process of identifying as women of color. The author acknowledges the literature that stipulates that the stereotype has isolated Asian American women and, in many cases, absented them from women-of-color coalitions. But Roshanravan goes further to explore how “passing-as-if” becomes a trope for those who become racialized while still remaining unidentified with those groups that have a history of struggling against color oppression in the U.S.
The newest issue of Black Camera: An International Film Journal is now available online and in print. The issue features articles by Terri Francis of Yale University on Black independent film and Matt Guterl of Indiana University on Josephine Baker as well as an interview by Michael T. Martin and Marissa Moorman, both from Indiana University, with Angolan filmmaker Ondjaki. The issue also introduces a new section featuring essays from prominent French film critic and founder of Africultures, Olivier Barlet. The essays focus on key concerns of the African film industry. Posters highlighted in the issue are from African films dating from 1985 to the present.
Indiana University Press, in partnership with the Africa Peace and
Conflict Network and the West African Research Association, will launch
the African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review
(ACPR) in early 2011. It will be edited by Abu Bakarr Bah at Northern
Illinois University, with the assistance of Associate Editors Mark
Davidheiser (Nova Southeastern University) and Tricia Hepner
(University of Tennessee), and published twice a year. Volume 1, number
1 will be available in early 2011.
ACPR will be an
interdisciplinary forum for creative and rigorous studies of conflict
and peace in Africa and for discussions between scholars,
practitioners, and public intellectuals in Africa, the United States,
and other parts of the world. It will include a wide range of
theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives on the causes
of conflicts and peace processes including, among others, cultural
practices relating to conflict resolution and peacebuilding, legal and
political conflict preventative measures, and the intersection of
international, regional, and local interests and conceptions of
conflict and peace.