"The Outspoken One," about former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [Fall], was the best article I've ever seen in Johns Hopkins Magazine. It ought be reprinted from time to time.
Peter I. Berman, A&S '67 (PhD) Norwalk, Connecticut
Thanks for Sharing
I really enjoy Johns Hopkins Magazine. I didn't graduate from Johns Hopkins, but my late husband, Richard E. Edwards, Engr '53, '56 (MSE), did. I have copied two articles in the fall issue: "Cab Fever," which I'm giving to my cleaning woman, whose husband is a truck driver, and "Saving Lives With a Smart Stethoscope," to give to my daughter, who is a nurse. Thanks for great articles.
Louise Edwards Fredericksburg, Virginia
Before Our Time
I much enjoyed reading about the Johns Hopkins Magazine and its origin [Editor's Note, Fall]. In 1942, Walter Lyon and I started publishing, by mimeograph, a predecessor to your publication. We were both sophomore civil engineering students. We were offended at being called illiterate by the Arts & Sciences people, and we decided to act. We named it The Gay Civil, never suspecting how the meaning of that adjective would change in the future. The magazine content included poems and cartoons, along with articles, all created by us.
Gil Levin, Engr '47, '48 (MSE), '63 (PhD) Chevy Chase, Maryland
Good, Clean Entertainment
Kimberlee Kemper's description of the Barnstormers' casting women from other local colleges [Dialogue, Fall] is correct. In one of my later plays as a Barnstormer, The Madman and the Nun, a Hopkins actor played the madman and a Goucher actor played the nun. It was a memorable production, especially closing night.
I also agree with James H. Qualls' complaints [Dialogue, Fall] about the Cabaret cover. Indeed, I hope the Barnstormers go back to noncontroversial plays, like Madman. Like many of you, I also wish that TV would go back to the good, clean, noncontroversial shows of my youth, like Ding Dong School, The Honeymooners, Leave It to Beaver, My Favorite Martian, Hogan's Heroes, and Batman. It may take a while.
Robert B. O'Rourke, A&S '80 Leavenworth, Kansas
Readers enjoyed "The Outspoken One," Greg Rienzi's Q&A with Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein:
Brilliant piece with former @UNHumanRights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, guardian of human rights https://t.co/20KpjWP2wD via @HubJHU One the highlights of my carrer to have worked for @raad_zeid and @gilmoreksure— Rajat Khosla (@khosla_rajat) September 18, 2019
An interesting interview with former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Many people (me included) were ambivalent about his appointment, but he proved us wrong and used his platform to hold shine a spotlight on abuses in all regions of the world https://t.co/pVWE9YMohV— Rosa Freedman (@GoonerProf) September 22, 2019
Another looks forward to the healing potential of neuroaesthetics, as covered in "Aesthetically Speaking:"
I love this! Thank you @susanmagsamen and @artsandmindlab for exploring the intersection of the arts and our environment on healing. I looking forward to helping advocate for #holistic healing spaces for our patients. #nursing @JHUNursing https://t.co/cZNXELR162— Matthew (@thestorynurse) September 21, 2019
And there's a consensus among readers of "Cab Fever" that truckers need better health care:
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