What SUP from Your Favorite University Presses, August 3, 2012

Taking a good idea from our colleagues at Columbia University Press, we thought you’d enjoy a roundup of what we’re reading from other social university presses and what goes on in our corner of the publishing world.  Dare we ask the question:  SUP friends?  And be sure to check out the new What SUP? column on the Yale Press Log to catch up  on all the news you’ve missed!

As part of its series on C. Wright Mills, a sociologist who believed his work could have social impact; Columbia University Press has an excerpt by author Stanley Aronowitz about the social contributions of Mill’s legacy.

New York University Press delves into the thought-provoking topic of whether the Internet is driving us crazy. As evidence mounts about internet addiction fears over what modern culture is changing have reached new heights.

A timely post from Harvard University Press came just as new provisions of the Affordable Healthcare Act took effect on the first of August. Looking at the treatment of contraception by the Catholic Church, they explore how the thought process has changed over 2,000 years.

The LSU Press Blog has information about one of their newest releases that explores the slave trade in the antebellum south. Looking at previously under-researched areas author John J. Zaborney explores the differences between slavery in the lower south and Virginia.

Music is the main focus at this week at Temple University Press where they explore how music has been used to support the environment. From Live Earth to local bands the environment is a major topic for many musicians.

Oxford University Press has an interesting post this week about addictions, specifically those relating to food. A new field, many scientists are now beginning to believe that food, particularly fast food, can lead our brains to react in similar ways to taking addictive drugs.

In a continuing series about the development of children’s thought processes the University of Pennsylvania Press looks at how children resolve conflicts and maintain a positive attitude.

Princeton University Press is talking about what those children might when they grow up and attend some of the most prestigious public high schools in the country. There are 165 of these Exam Schools in the United States according to the criteria.

Syracuse University Press features an interview with author Mary Hood, whose newest book Walking Seasonal Roads explores what these roads (with one lane and covered only in dirt) can tell us about nature, how we use the land, and changing cultural norms.

The University of Chicago Press celebrates famed economist, and former University of Chicago professor, on his 100th birthday.

MIT Press reflects on the accomplishments of British cyclist Bradley Wiggins by looking at what makes a cyclist successful and what abilities they would need to have to win both the Tour de France and Olympic gold.

University of North Carolina Press featured an interview with Barbra Sicherman about the influences on her life, notably the stories of her father, a second-generation Jewish immigrant from the tenements of New York City, and on her book Well Read Lives about the books that shaped a generation of women readers.

The University of California Press features Peter Hessler, a contributor to Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land who seeks to challenge the usual assumptions about China.

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