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 consider the life of financial strategist Paul Cabot, the cultural ramifications of the Olympic Games, love and Valentine’s Day, various aspects of Black History Month, along with a slew of other topics! What did you read this week?
To conclude Columbia University Press’ weeklong feature on Michael Yogg’s Passion for Reality: The Extraordinary Life of the Investing Pioneer Paul Cabot, Yogg reflects on integrity and morality, characteristics Cabot deemed crucial to his investment strategy.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Columbia University Press also explores the relationship between love and knowledge with an essay from Roy Brand’s LoveKnowledge: The Life of Philosophy from Socrates to Derrida.
A continent away from the Sochi Winter Games, Duke University Press provides a roundup of journal articles examining the cultural impact of the Olympics.
Oxford University Press approaches Valentine’s Day from a number of different angles. Author Jane Ellison contemplates the power of the human gaze and the transformative force of erotic desire in Ovid’s works her essay “Love: First Sights in Ovid.” In another installment of OUP’s Very Short Introductions series, Dylan Evans considers romantic love from literary, philosophical, and anthropological perspectives. Book recommendations from OUP’s staff members solves the tricky problem of what to get loved ones for Valentine’s Day.
For more Valentine’s Day reading, Princeton University Press has posted a list of book recommendations for those of every relationship status.
Need some new nicknames for your loved ones? Harvard University Press presents some amusing terms of endearment from the Dictionary of American Regional English, which include “creepo,” “lambie pie,” and “butterballs.” Need more? Enter DARE’s new contest for the chance to win a three-year subscription.
For Black History Month, the University of North Carolina Press presents a list of books on African American history, culture, and modern society published over the past year.
Stanford University Press republishes a Q&A with law professor Osagie K. Obasogie. Obasogie discusses his research on how blind people understand and perceive race and what their lack of colorblindness means for the U.S. legal system. In his book Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind, he ponders a thought-provoking question: if blind people aren’t colorblind, who can be?