JHU Press reissues 1929 book chronicling Johns Hopkins'
The Johns Hopkins
University Press celebrated the May 19 birthday of the
with a party (at the
Johns Hopkins Club, of course) to celebrate the reissue
of Johns Hopkins: A
Silhouette, by Helen Hopkins Thom.
Speaking at the event were university archivist Jim
Stimpert, who wrote a new introduction to
the book; Mame Warren, oral historian in the university's
Entrepreneurial Library Program; and Henry
Hopkins, a collateral descendant of the university's
founder. Among the other family members in
attendance were the author's great-granddaughters.
First published by the Press in 1929, this biography
still stands as the authoritative account of
Hopkins' life, his business career and the motives that lay
behind his decision to leave his fortune to
establish a university and hospital.
Thom (1867-1948) was the granddaughter of Johns
Hopkins' older brother Joseph. She began
collecting material for this portrait when it was possible
to talk to people who had known her great-uncle. Her
research became of vital importance when it was discovered
that Hopkins himself — owing to
a deep sense of humility — had destroyed virtually
all of his papers before he died in 1873.
The 184-page book, with 15 halftones and two line
drawings, is $30. The publication of this new
edition was made possible by an anonymous donor.
Incentive Mentoring Program hosts first Charity
The Incentive Mentoring Program — which provides
intensive academic and social support to
students in danger of being expelled from Paul Laurence
Dunbar High School — will host its inaugural
Charity Gala from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, in
Turner Concourse, East Baltimore campus.
Since its 2004 founding by medical student Sarah
Hemminger, the mentoring program has
achieved a 100 percent graduation and 100 percent college
"We hope to expand the program to one day reach every
school in Baltimore City," said
Hemminger, executive director of IMP.
The keynote speaker at the event will be Phyllis
Sharps, chair of the Department of Community
Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and
director of three Baltimore City community
health centers. The gala will include dinner, drinks, live
music and a silent auction featuring tickets to
the 2009-2010 Baltimore Speaker Series, which includes
prominent figures such as Pervez Musharraf
and Laura Bush, and a book set autographed by Johns Hopkins
pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin
Tickets, $75, are available at:
Kent Calder of SAIS publishes book on U.S.-Japan
Kent E. Calder, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor and
director of the Japan Studies Program
at SAIS, is the author of Pacific Alliance: Reviving
U.S.-Japan Relations, released May 19 by Yale
In the book, Calder, who previously was special
adviser to the U.S. ambassador to Japan and
Japan chair at the Center for Strategic and International
Studies, presents a comparative analysis of
the U.S.-Japan alliance and its political, economic and
social foundations. He asserts that bilateral
relations between the two countries are dangerously eroding
as both seek broader options in a globally
Specifically, Calder documents the quiet erosion of
America's multidimensional ties with Japan
as China rises, generations change and new forces arise in
both American and Japanese politics. He
then assesses consequences for a 21st-century military
alliance with formidable coordination
requirements; explores alternative foreign paradigms for
dealing with the United States, adopted by
Britain, Germany and China; and offers prescriptions for
restoring U.S.-Japan relations to vitality.
Charles Village Festival set for first weekend in
On Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, Johns Hopkins
will join its Charles Village neighbors for
a celebration of city living.
The 13th annual Charles Village Festival, to be held
in the Wyman Park Dell, will feature
vendors, artists, food, kids' activities and live music.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Also on Sunday is the Charles Village Garden Walk,
which this year focuses on gardens located
on 29th Street and below. The event is scheduled for 11
a.m. to 4 p.m., and tickets are $8 in advance
at the Waverly Farmers Market, or $10 on the day of the
walk. (For more information, contact
Beverly Fink at
Festival proceeds will benefit the Village Learning
Place, Friends of Wyman Park Dell, Charles
Village Recreation League and Charles Village Civic
'The Gazette' begins biweekly summer schedule
With this issue, The Gazette begins its biweekly
summer schedule; the paper will be published
on June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3 and Aug. 17.
The weekly schedule will resume on Aug. 31,
the first week of the academic year. Calendar items and
classifieds should be submitted by noon on
Monday one week before publication to
faxed to 443-287-9920.
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