Will The Real Edgar Allan Poe Please Stand Up?

In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s 208th birthday, today we are launching the digital complement to an exhibition of delicious Poe rarities currently on view at the George Peabody Library—The Enigmatic Edgar A. Poe in Baltimore & Beyond: Selections from the Susan Jaffe Tane Collection. The digital exhibition lets you explore Poe’s life and work […]


The Arc of a Curious Career: Wallace Stevens in Print

For most readers of classroom anthologies, Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) equals a jar on a hill, a 13-point blackbird or a snow-man. And those are all delicious poems in the signature Stevens key—poems that vibrate at the juncture of the familiar and the wild, poems that swerve between complexity and simplicity. We might expect that their composer reached […]


John Barth Loves Us: A Valentine to Fiction

S: So, what are you doing on February 14? Wanna go on a date? Z: Hello? S: …with me and John Barth? Z: A double date? S: Also, Rafael Alvarez, Madison Smartt Bell, Matt Porterfield, Rosalia Scalia, and Jason Tinney? Z: Um. That’s a lot of people for a date? S: It’s a party, more […]


Lost and Found in the Funhouse: Open for Business

Our new exhibition of rare books and manuscript materials is open… now! Lost and Found in the Funhouse: The John Barth Collection celebrates the American writer John Barth, known for his masterful literary experiments. Barth’s novels and stories are full of surprises: not just because of their unpredictable story-lines, or the strange creatures inhabiting them—although […]


The Tragedy of Freddie Gray, Act 2

If you were in Baltimore this spring, you witnessed and felt our city’s pain in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody on April 19. Protests, violence, looting and fires, clean up, marches, arrests, indictments: a series of events that have come to be called, collectively, the #BaltimoreUprising. After a […]


Summer Reading: On the Go!

It’s summer and you’re heading out of town—or maybe you’re planning a trip to the far reaches of your very own backyard for an imaginary afternoon getaway. Either way, you’re going to want something to read. Traveling is so much more enjoyable when you’ve got a trusty book to share the journey with. But what […]


Summer Reading: Experiment!

In a recent blog post, I made some suggestions for good summer reads that offer a relaxing break from the academic routine—a way to shift your mind into summertime gear. But of course, what counts as a break depends on what you want a break from. For some readers, summer is a great time to […]


Summer Reading: Relax!

Summertime and the livin’ is easy, according to Porgy and Bess. Sometimes, at the end of a tough semester, what you really need to unwind is a nice big stack of sentimental romance novels, heart-rending memoirs, and thrillers calculated to trigger exactly the same neurons as a Steven Seagal action flick. For me, the most […]


Baltimore-Centric: A Learning List

We’re stunned, or maybe not surprised. We’re sad, angry, frightened. We’re protesting, or helping to clean up, or scouring the news and social media… or maybe we’re feeling helpless, or not sure how to react. Whatever it is each of us at Hopkins is doing, thinking, and feeling in response to the tragic death of […]


Critical Making in the Humanities

This post is guest-authored by Kari Kraus, Associate Professor of English and Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Professor Kraus gives a free public talk on April 22, 4:30pm, in the Macksey Room (2043) in the Brody Learning Commons at Homewood, followed by a reception. This talk is our last in the […]