A Tour of Edgar Allan Poe’s Baltimore: April 14

This guest post is from senior Samantha Smart, who received an Arts Innovation Grant to bring more Hopkins students into contact with one of Baltimore’s most intriguing historical figures, Edgar Allan Poe. Every September, football fans put on their purple jerseys and migrate to M&T Bank Stadium for the National Football League’s Opening Day. Every […]


Cosplay, Games, Fire — It’s JohnCon 2018

Tournaments, a cosplay photo shoot, laser tag, comedy, games — yes, it’s JohnCon 2018 (April 6-8)! JohnCon is the annual convention of JHU’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (HopSFA). It’s held from Friday evening to Sunday evening (5:00PM to 5:00PM), with NO stops. (Here are some photos from last year.)  On the schedule (watch for […]


My Life As A Library Page

This is my brief account of how I (a book lover) turned a childhood passion into a lifelong career. It all began in 1972 when I was twelve years old; I was now eligible to apply for my first library card from the public library and could check out up to ten books at one time! […]


Artificial Languages, Universal Languages

An undergrad recently asked me about Lojban. Those in computer science and related fields have probably heard of Lojban (a constructed language, formerly known as Loglan). And most of us have heard of Esperanto (a “universal” language), and other “constructed” languages such as R’lyehian and, of course, Klingon. Are there a lot of artificial languages? […]


Civil Rights History Immersion in Birmingham, AL

Recently I traveled to Birmingham, AL with my husband, somewhat on a whim for a long weekend.  We solicited advice from friends on what we shouldn’t miss in the city, and the one thing that kept coming up in the recommendations was a trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.  We added that to our […]


Hard-boiled and Noir Fiction and Film

Travelling through fetid alleyways in the pouring rain, through thronging cities like beating hearts, and darkened rooms echoing gunshots and last breaths, the fiction and film of the hard-boiled and noir genres bring readers and viewers along for vivid, engrossing, sensual experiences that earlier mysteries neglected in favor of purely intellectual exercises. Often used interchangeably, […]


Egypt: The Birthplace of Flip Flops?

It’s summer and flip-flops are in full bloom! Over the centuries, shoe designers have added heels, blinged them out, and crafted them from a variety of materials. The obsession for this ancient sandal has even sprouted its own national day (#nationalflipflopday). Today, the flip-flop industry generates billions in revenue sales (ref. Havaianas, 2017). So, who […]


Why Not Read About Summer?

Image of books on a beach

The academic year is over, the Memorial Day picnic leftovers are in the fridge, and you’re starting to plan your summer activities. If you’re like me, one of the most important summer activities is summer reading! Trashy novels, breezy beach reads, it’s all waiting for you. Well, why not read about summer? A subject search […]