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 […]


Special Collections Obtains Lothar Schreyer’s “Kreuzigung”

Geliebte Mutter, 1920-1921

The Sheridan Libraries’ Special Collections, a treasure trove of research and teaching material, has just grown by one very significant acquisition. A gem in the multi-faceted field of German Expressionism was recently added, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries. Kreuzigung: Spielgang Werk VII. Sturm dir Sturm allen Sturm […]


Library Tourism

he Reading Room in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France), Paris.

At some point, we all travel and explore new places. While you’re globe-trotting, don’t forget to visit libraries! Seriously, some libraries are tourist attractions and well-worth a visit. Even the New York Times has recognized this insider’s tip! You could start close to home, in Washington DC, at the Library of Congress. The Jefferson Building, […]


Stories from Turkey

Once there was a white elephant, an Indian boy who was his friend, an architect, several sultans, and a mystery. My introduction to Turkish fiction was the beautifully written The Architect’s Apprentice (2015). The author, Elif Shafak (sometimes spelled “Safak”), has written eight books; the best known is probably The Bastard of Istanbul. In an […]


Scientists, Communicating, Doing Science

How does science get done? In many ways — experimenting, theorizing, testing, observing. But good science also comes from lots and lots of talking. At conferences, in journals, in hallways, at seminars, with patients, in classrooms and labs, over coffee, through e-mail and shared citation lists and phone calls. The “community of scientists” can be […]


To Be a Black Writer: Chester B. Himes

This guest post by Lawrence Jackson, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of History and English, from his forthcoming biography of Chester Himes, previews the talk he will give on “Chester Himes and Life Writing,” on Wednesday, February 22 at 5:15 pm in the Macksey Room in the Brody Learning Commons. Please visit our display of books from […]