About this podcast In 2009, I wrote in Library Journal that the role of an encyclopedia creator together is to build circles of knowledge. I said that our job is to create a haven of calm within a wild world of information, and misinformation. A haven where readers
Kerry Brown, a leading China scholar based in London, discusses the challenges of 2020 and the growing need to understand China and its history. Berkshire first published This Is China: The First 5,000 Years in 2010. Professor Brown has now updated the book in a second edition with a new chapter on recent developments.
In what one scholar called “the literary event of the decade,” on 2 January 2020, Princeton University Library opened up more than 1,100 letters that the Nobel-Prize-winning poet T.S. Eliot wrote over the course of three decades to an American speech professor and amateur actress named Emily Hale. The day became even more newsworthy
Professor and cookery writer Darra Goldstein talks with Karen Christensen about the 25th-anniversary edition of her cookbook, The Georgian Feast, published by the University of California Press.
Sean Chen explains how a biomedical engineer and blogger became the first person to translate the Qing dynasty gastronomic masterpiece, the Suiyuan Shidan, into English.
Christine Parkinson shares what she’s learned about pairing wine with Chinese food and offers Bookworld listeners some new ideas about what to drink and how to learn about what wines work with different Chinese dishes.
Edouard Cointreau talks about the distinctive characteristics of Chinese gastronomy and the importance Chinese people put on perceived health-giving qualities of what they eat.
Joli Jensen introduces her tested methods for completing academic writing projects in spite of the distractions and pressures inherent in university life in this Berkshire Bookworld podcast.
William H. (Bill) McNeill (1917-2016) continued to write for decades after his retirement from the University of Chicago. He published several books, including The Human Web, with his son J. R. McNeill, and an autobiography called The Pursuit of Truth. In that book he details his experiences on the 1992 Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee Commission. Bill was
Kerry Brown discusses Brexit, UK-China relations, and how the anti-globalization mood evident today is likely to affect Chinese politics, both domestically and internationally. He presents a realistic but generally positive view of the opportunities for research and collaboration. This podcast will be useful to teachers, scholars, and business professionals concerned about China’s role in