Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! There is much to share from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week we found university presses discussing topics such as gender inequality and stereotypes, bullying, the Supreme Court, the Miss America controversy, and slave narratives, among others. What did you read this week?
This week Columbia University Press highlights the author of Are the Lips a Grave?, Lynne Huffer, who wrote an open letter to Sheryl Sandberg, author of the bestselling book Lean-In, about how Sandberg’s advice for women is largely inapplicable to American women because their primary obstacle to success is not the male sex in the corporate workplace, but rather the profit-driven economy in which the growing income inequality gap is connected to the gender inequality gap.
In light of National Bullying Awareness month, our friends downtown at NYU Press highlight an article by author Emily W. Kane, who reflects on how even the most well-intentioned parents tend to push their children towards pursuing gender-appropriate activities for fear that their children will be bullied and teased while the parents themselves will be judged by others.
Harvard University Press reflects on the complex nature of judging, as recounted by Judge Richard Posner, who was on the Supreme Court panel that reversed the laws stating that those Voter ID requirements were unconstitutional. Posner made headlines last week for admitting that the Supreme Court ruled incorrectly.
Temple University Press is collaborating with the City of Philadelphia in celebrating Mural Arts Month. If you find yourself in the City of Brotherly Love, check out the list of activities and events that are being held over the course of the month.
Across the pond at Oxford University Press, author Mitch Kachun reflects on the upcoming release of the film 12 Years as a Slave and explains how the slave narrative genre provides more complexity than it appears to be capable of and is worthy of literary merit. Kachun also shares his thoughts on how the slave narrative has been received by the American public in fictional contexts like in film.
University of Pennsylvania Press celebrates the release of three new books this week, Nothing Natural Is Shameful: Sodomy and Science in Late Medieval Europe, Electing the President, 2012: The Insiders’ View, and Biography and the Black Atlantic.
Over at Syracuse University Press, a guest writer from the University of Wyoming reflects on the cultural implications of the recent Miss America controversy in which an Indian-American woman from New York was crowned the winner of the famous pageant.
Our friends at the University of Chicago Press highlights the photography of Camilo José Vergara, whose recent publication Harlem illustrates the evolution of a historic neighborhood in New York City in pictures and in Vergara’s own words.
And finally, check out a gorgeous photo of a Common Yellowthroat Warbler that Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson, authors of The Warbler Guide, captured earlier this week!