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What SUP from Your Favorite University Presses, April 11, 2014

sup-300x209Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we celebrate National Poetry Month, learn about modern art, and consider the concept of masculinity. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press shares an excerpt from The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s by Mary Helen Washington and chats with author Michael Yogg about Paul Cabot, a pioneer of the mutual fund industry, and the emergence of this industry.

For National Poetry Month, Duke University Press provides recommendations of poetry titles old and new.

NYU Press muses on depictions of masculinity on television and stresses the importance of interrogating stories about men with an excerpt from Cable Guys: Television and Masculinities in the 21st Century by Amanda D. Lotz.

Johns Hopkins University Press is also celebrating National Poetry Month – in a guest post, poet Brian Swann spotlights some poems from his latest collection In Late Light and contemplates poetry as a kind of presence.

Temple University Press showcases a recent TEDx talk from Liberty Walther Barnes, author of Conceiving Masculinity: Male Infertility, Medicine, and Identity, and ponders if masculinity is stifling our scientific imaginations.

Over in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon State University Press reflects on current events and the 24-hour news cycle to make a case for why we need to slow down our news in a guest post from Slow News: A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer author Peter Laufer.

For World Art Day, Oxford University Press investigates the history of street photography with an article by Lisa Hostetler from Grove Art Online. Street photography, she explains, consist of “photographs exposed in and of an urban environment and made with artistic intent.”

Princeton University Press shares highlights from the Oxford Literary Festival, which included talks from Princeton authors on what is sacred, why Byzantium is key to our understanding of other historical periods, differing forms of liberalism, and more.

Stanford University Press converses with 15 Sports Myths co-author Rodney Fort about the National Labor Relations Board decision regarding Northwestern football players and their right to unionize as well as what this might mean for college athletics. 

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, University of Texas Press features some UT titles that help us better understand the civil rights movement in Texas, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s civil rights legacy, the struggle for equality in American society, and more.

What SUP from Your Favorite University Presses, April 4, 2014


Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. From modern day slavery to human trafficking to the famous Amanda Knox case, we have a full lineup of stories for you. What did you read this week?

This week, Columbia University Press is highlighting a book on slavery in the modern day and ponders the question of how to put an end to it. You can also read an excerpt from the book.

Duke University Press chats with Denise Brennan, a professor an anthropology at Georgetown University, about human trafficking in the United States as well as on immigrant and labor reform.

Fordham University commemorates the work of their late academic publishing editor Helen Tartar and has established the Helen Tartar Memorial Fund to continue her work and preserve her legacy.

To celebrate April Fool’s Day earlier this week, NYU Press interviewed Kembrew McLeod on the history of pranks in America, what defines a prank, and more. (It’s no joke!)

Our friends at Harvard University Press examine corruption in America from the time of Benjamin Franklin to this week’s McCutcheon v. FEC ruling.

Forty-six years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN. Indiana University Press shares its podcast discussion with author Jennifer J. Yanco on how people today misremember King’s legacy.

April is National Poetry Month and John Hopkins University Press speaks with poet X.J. Kennedy about his work and poetry’s place in his life.

Temple University Press celebrates Philadelphia and its mural art that has cropped up in the city over the last thirty years.

Stanford University Press looks at Austin Sarat’s new book Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and American Death Penalty which unravels the ethical repercussions of capital punishment.

Oxford University Press examines the legality and likelihood of Amanda Knox’s extradition to Italy if her appeal is thrown out and she is found guilty in absentia for the murder of roommate Meredith Kercher.

Princeton University Press talks to Michael Scott, classics and ancient history professor and television presenter for documentaries in National Geographic, the History Channel, Nova and the BBC. He discusses his new book about Delphi in Ancient Greece and you can read an excerpt from the book here.

What SUP from Your Favorite University Presses, March 28, 2014

supWelcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. From cloistered nuns to baseball players on steroids, this week is incredibly diverse. What did you read this week?

In honor of Women’s History month, University of North Carolina Press shares a reading list from the field of Women’s Studies.

How can we prevent innocent people from being convicted? Harvard University Press looks at law professor Brandon Garrett’s book Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong which takes on this too-frequent occurrence and shows how the criminal justice system can work to avoid such calamities. Garrett compares how we react to a crashed plane to the way we should look at wrongful convictions — an event that leads to serious investigation and reform so it doesn’t happen again.

Duke University Press features an excerpt from Bionic Ballplayers: Risk, Profit, and the Body as Commodity, 1964-2007. There, we learn about steroid use in the baseball industry and its larger implications for what the body represents.

During the Holocaust in Lithuania, the Nazi regime established a Jewish ghetto in Kovno. In 1941 and 1942, the members of this ghetto’s police force wrote a history of these events and hid it. Now, decades later, this secret history has been found and examined by author Samuel Schalkowsky. Indiana University Press has a conversation with about the resulting book, The Clandestine History of the Kovno Jewish Ghetto Police.

It was big news in science last week when scientists in the South Pole found evidence of gravitational waves from the earliest moments of the universe. The University of Chicago Press has an interview with scholar Harry Collins, author of Gravity’s Ghost and Big Dog: Scientific Discovery and Social Analysis in the Twenty-First Century, to talk about what these results might mean.

MIT Press has two posts on philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek’s work this week. Both pieces highlight Zizek’s work with eye toward Lacan and questions of theology. We also get a bite-sized excerpt from his magnum opus, The Parallax View.

Oxford University Press lets us peer into the world of cloistered nuns through Abbie Reese’s book Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns. This post features an interview between Reese and managing editor Troy Reeves about this visual and oral narrative. There’s also a bonus clip from Reese’s conversation with Sister Mary Nicolette!

What SUP from Your Favorite University Presses, March 21, 2014

supWelcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! As always, there is much to share from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. With the first day of spring this week, March Madness is in the air. We read about Robots, University Presses in Space, and saw some great “shelfie” pics! What did you read this week?

Stanford University Press shared staff picks from their March sale, offering books for $5 and $10.

Harvard University Press shared some shelfie twitter buzz ontheir upcoming French to English translation of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

MIT Press talks about the potential use of robots as disaster responders, particularly those able to travel underwater.

Oxford University Press explained Coca-Cola’s history with cocaine and why the company continued to import the substance after it was removed from their soda formula.

UNC Press‘s author Michael Hunt dipped into the current debate over the crisis in Ukraine with a guest post.

The University of Chicago Press and the Princeton University Press shared news of a new website called “University Presses in Space” which will showcase University Press offerings in the field of space and space exploration.

Princeton University Press also shared a reflection on the selfie trend … no pun intended.


What SUP from Your Favorite University Presses, March 14, 2014

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, contemplate the current situation in Ukraine, recognize Albert Einstein on the anniversary of his birthday, and close out the week with a celebration of Pi Day!  What did you read this week?

We are devastated to report the loss of a prominent figure in the university publishing community, Helen Tartar, the editorial director at the Fordham University Press and previously, acquisitions editor at Stanford, though she is fondly remembered by Fordham University Press Director Fred Nachbaur and staff members at the Stanford University Press.

Professor Steven Cassedy at Stanford also reflects on the PBS documentary The Rise and Fall of Penn Station, along with Grand Central Terminal and their abilities to endure as modern cultural icons.

Johns Hopkins University Press honored Albert Einstein and his contributions to modern science on the anniversary of the scientist’s birthday and shared an author post from Professor Michael C.C. Adams on the truly horrific nature of the Civil War, which has long been romanticized in American memory.

Princeton recognizes Pi Day today, discussing the complexity of the circle and the seemingly endless struggle to determine a definitive value for π. They also present Metamorphosis of a Circle, a piece of art depicting the problem with “squaring the circle” (finding a square with area equal to that of a circle) and attempting to define π as an algebraic number.

With Women’s History Month well underway, the NYU Press is continuing to recognize women’s roles in American culture, as well as examining their contributions to the history of American evagelism.

The Oxford University Press is also keeping in line with women’s recognition this month with the release of their new quiz on women who made significant contributions to the music industry.

Indiana University Press shared a guest post from Sarah D. Phillips, a cultural anthropologist researching the Ukranian perspective on the state of their nation and current events.

The University of Chicago Press shared highlights from February’s College Art Association Conference, and the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Harvard University Press asks law professor Robert A. Ferguson about loneliness and shared medical historian Laura Dawes’s take on recent data showing the first drop in Childhood Obesity in American in 50 years.

And the 2013 NBCC Biography Award Goes to… YUP Author Leo Damrosch!

In January, the National Book Critics Circle announced their annual award finalists for the 2013 publishing year. Among those honored for book reviewing, lifetime achievement, and books published in a myriad of categories is Yale University Press author Leo Damrosch, whose book Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World is a finalist in the biography category. Already selected as a New York Times Notable Book of 2013, the book was highlighted appreciatively by Marcela Valdes with a podcast for the NBCC’s “Critical Mass” blog, discussing each of the 30 book award finalists in turn. And last night several nominees read from their works.

Listen to Damrosch’s Yale Press Podcast interview with YUP Director John Donatich on iTunesU!

Tonight’s NBCC award ceremony is free and open to the public. Congratulations to Leo Damrosch for this prestigious nomination, and congrats to all of this year’s finalists from Yale University Press!

March 14, 2014 Update Damrosch is the recipient of this year’s NBCC Award in Biography! See our updated photo gallery below!

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What SUP from Your Favorite University Presses, February 28, 2014

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, the presses are featuring posts inspired by Black History Month, thoughts on the Oscars, insights into the multiverse, and much more. What did you read this week?

yalelogoxsmallblueOver at Columbia University Press, we find an exploration of the multiverse. Did Thomas Aquinas think there was just one world or many? Columbia University Press gives us an excerpt from Mary-Jane Rubenstein’s book on that very topic.

As Black History Month comes to a close, University of North Carolina Press presents a guest post by Stephen G. Hall, author of A Faithful Account of the Race: African American Historical Writing in Nineteenth-Century America. Hall considers what it means to commemorate the 150th anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Battle of Gettysburg, and what Black History Month can say to us today.

Also in honor of Black History month, Oxford University Press hosts an infographic by Social Explorer on African American demographics in America. Important data is presented clearly, from geography, to income and employment across the country.

We find more infographics over at University of Chicago Press. Here, Goethe’s shifts in vocabulary over time are presented in visually mesmerizing form. This all comes from Andrew Piper’s study on aging and writing, which provides plenty of food for thought on the connection between words and our lifetime.

Stanford University introduces their new Executive Editor, our very own former YUP editor Eric Brandt. Brandt discusses his career in publishing, from Harper Collins to other excellent scholarly presses, and considers the exciting new opportunity ahead of him. From New Haven snow to sunny California, we wish him the very best in his new position!

The Oscars are approaching next week, and Oxford University Press includes a round-up by author Kathryn Kalinak on who should win Best Original Score, including embedded songs to listen along.

Princeton University Press points us toward an interview in Physic s Today with author William Bialek. Bialek discusses the intersection between physics and biology, good teaching, his next textbook, and what he’s reading now.

Harvard University Press has an introduction by Steve Nadis and Shing-Tung Yau to their new book, A History in Sum: 150 Years of Mathematics at Harvard (1825-1975). We meet Benjamin Peirce, hired by Harvard in 1831 to lead their math department, and find the barriers he met in pushing his field forward.  By looking at the how mathematical research developed at Harvard, we get a broader view of how math grew as a discipline, and how creative minds interacted with their institutions.

Delve into the diaries of Emilie Davis, a free African American woman during the Civil War in Philadelphia. Penn State University Press links to author Judith Giesberg ‘s piece in Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life.

February Theme: Backlist History

Rereading books is a special kind of pleasure. The books that we revisit over the years provide us with markers of how much we have changed since the last time we perused those pages. This month the Yale Press Log would like to take a break from the rush of telling you about the new books that we publish daily, to revisit some of our past favorite books. These highlights, from our every subject area of our list, hold a special place on our library shelves.

Literary classics like Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night and William Shakespeare’s The Tempest remain on must-read lists everywhere, but more recent books on history, philosophy, and social science have also made their way into our perennial reading lists. Adrian Goldsworthy’s Caesar is the definitive biography, authoritative and clear; The Courage to Be by Paul Tillich was named one the Books of the Century by the New York Public Library; and Roderick Nash’s Wilderness and the American Mind has inspired new readers through five editions; read Yale University Press editor Sarah Miller’s reflections on the book’s publishing history.


We were saddened to hear of Robert Dahl’s recent passing, just shortly after we had prepared the month’s list. A prolific author, Dahl published eight books with Yale University Press including Who Governs? and On Democracy. Dahl’s influence on the field of political science has been recognized in numerous honorary doctorates and other awards. His books are clear standouts in our political science list.

In the field of history, the Little Histories series has grown to cover the more specific histories of Philosophy, Literature, Science, and Language, but the original A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich takes it all on- the history of humankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb. Why settle for less than everything?

In honor of February’s Black History Month, our backlist is filled with biographies like David Margolick‘s Elizabeth and Hazel or Barbara Ransby‘s Eslanda, the groundbreaking scholarship of the Atlas of the Atlantic Slave Trade, revelatory histories of the Civil War and Reconstruction era (Carla Peterson‘s Black Gotham, William G. Thomas‘s The Iron Way), political studies like Melissa Harris-Perry‘s Sister Citizen, health and wellness with Dr. Michelle Gourdine in Reclaiming Our Health, and classic African-American voices like Frederick Douglass, to name but a few. 

The Yale Series of Younger Poets, now in its 95th year, just selected its 2014 winner, soon to be announced. As the oldest annual literary prize, the Yale Series of Younger poets has given us many gems. The 2004 winner Crush, by Richard Siken, holds its readers in the manic breathless panic of physical desire and emotional ties, and still hasn’t let us go ten years later. We’ll have more activity in the weeks ahead with the announcement of the new winner and the debut of the Yale Series of Younger Poets website!

From the sciences, James Gustave Speth’s American Crisis series, America the Possible: A Manifesto for a new Economy, The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability, and Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment, provides a complete picture of the Earth’s current environment and how our modern economic and political structures need to change to ensure a sustainable future. Essential reading for all planet dwellers.

To discover more Yale University Press titles, be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter and receive a month-long discount on select backlist titles using the code going out this Friday, February 28!

Did we miss any of your favorite Yale University Press books? Tweet them to @yalepress!

What SUP from Your Favorite University Presses, February 14, 2014

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?