Category: What SUP?

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, August 15, 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 stop meddling, participate in citizen science, and evaluate research on inequality. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press asks why Roberto Bolaño’s novels, especially The Savage Detectives and 2666, were so widely read and so well regarded in the United States. Chris Andrews, author of Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction, gives a brief history of the writer’s reception and lists seven possible reasons for his popularity.

New York University Press celebrates the end of summer with a giveaway of Books That Cook, a collection of American literature written about food and organized like a cookbook. It includes pieces by Maya Angelou, Sherman Alexie, and Nora Ephron, among many others.

Indiana University Press encourages everyone to mind their own business with the latest episode of the Press’s podcast. John Lachs discusses his book, Meddling, and distinguishes between helping people and intruding on their private lives and decisions.

Johns Hopkins University Press considers reactions to neoliberalism in Central America with a guest post by Paul Almeida. In his books, Waves of Protest and Mobilizing Democracy, he focuses on economic conflicts in El Salvador with attention to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and other countries as well.

Temple University Press tells the life story of Albert M. Greenfield, a Jewish immigrant who shook up business practices in the 1920s and ’30s. In an interview, Dan Rottenberg discusses The Outsider, his book about Greenfield, and the challenge of separating fact from myth when writing about a man who described himself in many different ways at different times.

Oregon State University Press explores the new and interrelated ways policy makers, professional researchers, and enthusiastic amateurs engage with science. Sharman Apt Russell, author of Diary of a Citizen Scientist, shares her reflections on the first national conference for citizen science and mentions some of the ongoing projects in which she and others participate.

Oxford University Press argues that laughter and aggression might have more in common than we usually think with an excerpt from Comedy, Matthew Bevis’s contribution to their series of Very Short Introductions. Bevis shows how near oxymorons like “playful anger” and “outrageous outrage” capture key emotional realities.

Stanford University Press evaluates the success and importance of research on inequality with a post by David Grusky. He explains that questions about systemic change remain largely unanswered and calls for study in the field to continue. Grusky acknowledges that academics trends shift unpredictably, but hopes that inequality will remain a mainstream concern.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, August 1, 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 wish Emily Brontë a happy birthday, study eighteenth century French smugglers, and examine race riots.

Columbia University Press responds to the ongoing strife in the Middle East by posting an episode of the podcast This is Hell! Joel Migdal, author of Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East, provides historical context and argues that neither new maps nor American presidents will resolve the conflict.

Duke University Press celebrates the birthday of Emily Brontë with two journal articles about her work. Tiffany Tsao analyzes Brontë’s treatment of colonization while Kevin A. Morrison attends to her portrayal of male suffering.

New York University Press explores the meanings attached to diamonds with a guest post by Susan Falls, the author of Clarity, Cut, and Culture. She focuses on ways people come to associate the precious gems with the deaths of loved ones.

Harvard University Press considers the origins of global capitalism by telling the story of Louis Mandrin, a French smuggler. In doing so, Michael Kwass, author of Contraband, draws comparisons between eighteenth and twenty-first century wars on drugs.

Oregon State University Press shares Justin Wadland’s reflections on his search for the location of Home, Washington’s famous tree house. Wadland is the author of Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound.

Oxford University Press offers a behind the score listen to 1987′s Bond film The Living Daylights with an excerpt from John Burlingame’s The Music of James Bond. Burlingame reveals that the female lead took cello lessons and that the composer appeared in the film as a conductor.

The University of Pennsylvania Press kicks off a new series of Q&A’s with an interview with Cathy Lisa Schneider, author of Police, Power, and Race Riots. Schneider studies a 1964 riot in New York City and a 2005 riot in Paris in order to illustrate their common factors.

The University of California Press sheds light on the child victims of America’s border disaster with two short narratives recounted by Susan Terrio. Terrio is the author of Whose Child Am I? which will be released May 2015.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, July 25, 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 visit Machu Picchu, address New York City’s inequality, and celebrate progress in education. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press interviews John Haller, the author of Shadow Medicine. He outlines the conceptual and practical differences between conventional and alternative medicines, and explains how the placebo effect complicates both kinds of therapy. The Press also offers an excerpt from the book.

Duke University Press explores the “lost city” of Machu Picchu with two articles about its history. Amy Cox Hall describes the methodologies of the site’s rediscoverers, Hiram Bingham and the Yale Peruvian Expedition team. Keely Maxwell documents the environmental history of tourism on the Inca Trail.

Harvard University Press reflects on the publication, reception, and evaluation of texts, and on how peer review can relate to each. The Press considers Joseph Esposito’s ideas about Open Access publishing in light of a story told by historian Matthew Pratt Guterl about his book, Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe.

Indiana University Press streams the newest episode of the IU Press podcast, in which Keren McGinity describes what she learned about gender and religion while researching and writing Marrying Out. The book focuses on the experiences of Jewish men and their non-Jewish wives, particularly as they become parents.

Temple University Press highlights the challenges New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio faces in lessening inequality and fostering a more inclusive urbanism. Tarry Hum, author of Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood, takes Brooklyn as an especially illuminating test case.

Oxford University Press traces the recent history of the Church of England in order to contextualize the admission of female bishops. Linda Woodhead, the author of Christianity: A Very Short Introduction, describes the underlying tensions between universalism and sectarianism and between liberalism and paternalism.

Stanford University Press argues that even though education reform is crucial, it is worth celebrating how far the United States and the world have come. David P. Baker, the author of The Schooled Society, points out that the world today is exponentially more educated than it has ever been before, and that this has dramatically affected humanity’s external and internal structures.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, July 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 see Ratatouille through new eyes, learn about indigenous ethnobotany, and analyze India’s national elections.

Columbia University Press argues that we should trust scientists even though most of us cannot directly evaluate scientific research. Naomi Oreskes, co-author of The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future, makes her case in the form of a TED Talk.

Fordham University Press shares an excerpt from What’s Queer About Europe? in which Laure Murat analyzes the rodent protagonist of Pixar’s Ratatouille (2007) through the lenses of sexuality and nationalism.

Johns Hopkins University Press considers the challenges ISIS may face in its attempt to seize and control Iraq. Mark N. Katz, author of Leaving without Losing, cites regional opposition, reaction to repression, and rifts among radicals as problems for almost any revolutionary movement, ISIS included.

McGill-Queen’s University Press explores the affinities among Indigenous peoples’ knowledge of plants and environments in northwestern North America. Nancy Turner, author of Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge, writes about the origins of her ethnobotanical research.

Temple University Press studies the way racial biases affect nurse-patient relationships in American hospitals. Lisa Ruchti, author of Catheters, Slurs, and Pickup Lines, outlines the problems that nurses of color face in a segment on Al-Jazeera America News.

Oxford University Press interviews pain specialist Mark Johnson about high and low tech ways of treating pain, what factors contribute  to chronic pain, and how Johnson’s research on Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation could affect the world.

Stanford University Press discusses India’s recent national elections, and the erosion of pluralism and minority rights they may herald, with the help of Narendra Subramanian, author of Nation and Family: Personal Law, Cultural Pluralism, and Gendered Citizenship in India.

Princeton University Press requests help from all members of the ornithological community in tracking the migratory connectivity of North American birds. The editorial team of The Atlas of Migratory Connectivity for Birds of North America will collect contributions through the end of 2014.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, July 4, 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 move beyond the language of tolerance, learn about the banjo, and celebrate the anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press gives away copies of The Nature of Value by Nick Gogerty. Enter by July 7 at 1:00 pm EST to win this book about economics, evolution, and investment.

As Pride Month comes to a close, New York University Press interviews Suzanna Danuta Walters, author of The Tolerance Trap. She articulates her frustration with the centrality of marriage to the gay rights movement and invites us to imagine a more progressive set of goals.

Harvard University Press follows Zephyr Teachout, author of Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United, as she mounts a primary challenge to Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Oregon State University Press invites Barbara J. Scot to reflect on the origins of her new memoir, The Nude Beach Notebook, which engages with the landscape and culture of Oregon’s Sauvie Island.

Oxford University Press shares ten fun facts about the banjo from Oxford Reference. Our favorite fact is that an 1687 description of an early banjo in Jamaica referred to the instrument as a “strum strump.”

Pennsylvania State University Press asks what sets live theater apart from other media. According to Leslie Stainton, the author of Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts, theater’s vitality arises out of its collaboration between audience and actor.

Stanford University Press celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, the law that effectively inaugurated the national parks system during the Civil War. Carleton Watkins, an inventive and talented photographer, arduously produced the incredible images of Yosemite that helped lead to the land’s preservation.

Syracuse University Press announces that We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War has won the 2014 Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. In the anthology, editors Nadje Al-Ali and Deborah Al-Najjar bring Iraq’s multitude of ethnicities, religions, and experiences into focus.

The University of California Press features an interview with Patricia Miller, author of Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church. The author spoke with Rev. Welton Gaddy on the show State of Belief about the nearly-fifty year struggle within the Catholic Church.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, June 27, 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 remember the Freedom Summer, protect linguistic heritage, and use Google Glass to record history. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press interviews Alfredo Morabia, author of Enigmas of Health and Disease, about the history of epidemiology and the future of the field.

New York University Press remembers the Freedom Summer, the 1964 attempt to increase black voter registration in Mississippi. F. Michael Higginbotham, author of Ghosts of Jim Crow, describes how Mississippians violently resisted the efforts of civil rights organizations by bombing and burning black churches, businesses, and homes.

Harvard University Press congratulates Amy Clark, the winner of a three-year subscription to the new online version of the Dictionary of American Regional English. To win the subscription, the English professor and founding Director of the Appalachian Writing Project wrote a 500 word piece about “voiceplace” and linguistic heritage.

Johns Hopkins University Press tells the story of a string of Ohio Amish-on-Amish beard-cutting attacks and sits down with Donald Kraybill, author of Renegade Amish, a forthcoming book on the topic.

Oxford University Press considers the current shortcomings and future possibilities of using Google Glass to gather oral histories.

Pennsylvania State University Press shares an excerpt from A Sisterhood of Sculptors by Melissa Dabakis. The book focuses on American women living and working as sculptors in Rome during the mid-nineteenth century.

The University of Chicago Press touts the successes of Hillary Chute, author of Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists. Critics have praised her insight into the lives of artists including Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware.

The University of California Press features a guest post by Cecilia Menjívar, the author of Enduring Violence. The sociologist explains why she testifies as an expert witness in cases involving Central American women seeking asylum in the U.S., and how the domestic violence and “private terrors” they are fleeing arise out of structural, symbolic, and political violence.

 

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, June 20, 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 Bloomsday, analyze assumptions about Iraq, and correct misconceptions about the U.S. education system. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press presents a guest post by Melanie Brewster, editor of Atheists in America, reflecting on her experience as a bisexual atheist living in the south. The Press offers excerpts of the book throughout the week.

Duke University Press celebrates “Bloomsday,” the day on which James Joyce’s Ulysses is set. The day has become something of a literary holiday and, to put you in the particular kind of festive mood the day encourages, the Press shares recent articles on Joyce and his novel.

With sectarian violence raging in Iraq, Harvard University Press posts a sneak peek of Overreach: Delusions of Regime Change in Iraq by Michael MacDonald. The political scientist explains the current crisis and the U.S. actions that led to it by analyzing the underlying beliefs of American leaders.

Indiana University Press gives you a chance to win a copy of The Year’s Work at the Zombie Research Center. The book, edited by Edward P. Comentale and Aaron Jaffe, discusses cult classics and historical documents in an attempt to critically analyze “zombie culture.”

Johns Hopkins University Press recounts the challenges, successes, and disappointments of African American troops in the Union Army with the help of Bob Luke, co-author of Soldiering for Freedom.

Stanford University Press endeavors to correct misconceptions about disparities in the U.S. education system. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, author of Inequality in the Promised Land, cites a study showing that some schools are more segregated today than they were in the late 1960s.

Syracuse University Press recommends books in celebration of Pride Month, including a collection of the letters of Franklin Kameny, a gay rights pioneer who organized marches and publicly denounced the federal government on a variety of issues.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, June 13, 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 celebrate Flag Day, struggle with climate change, and deconstruct Frankensup-300x209stein. What did you read this week?

Duke University Press launches its series of World Cup posts with a piece from Bryan McCann, author of Hard Times in the Marvelous City. McCann doubts that huge international sporting events benefit their host cities and breaks down why preparations in Brazil have been particularly damaging. FIFA, he says, has exploited and ignored a nation that  no longer loves soccer the way it used to, faces economic stagnation, and hates being played for a fool.

Indiana University Press congratulates Maria San Filippo, author of The B Word. Her book has won a Lambda Literary Award for its engagement with bisexuality in a society that tends to cloak the orientation in other vocabulary. Maria San Filippo analyzes bisexuality in the context of contemporary screen culture, and the Press includes a podcast with the author discussing her work.

In celebration of Flag Day, Johns Hopkins University Press shares an excerpt from In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Ralph Eshelman and Burt Kummerow tell how Francis Scott Key came to see the Battle for Baltimore from an extremely unlikely vantage point, and how that experience inspired him to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Oxford University Press explores why it is so difficult to meaningfully address climate change. Dale Jamieson, author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed — and What It Means for Our Future, argues that human evolution has not equipped us to understand this kind of problem. Jamieson says that “If carbon dioxide was sickly green in color and stank to high heaven, we would have done something about it by now.” To begin to combat climate change, then, ”we need to make the threat as immediate and sensible as possible.”

Pennsylvania University Press continues its Mushroom Monday series with the American lepiota. Bill Russell, author of the Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, highlights the mushroom’s unusual colors and distinctive stem shape. According to Russell, the “mushroom has a long history of edibility, but a novice must be careful,” and make sure not to confuse it with the dangerous Amanita genus.

Stanford University Press spotlights Barbara Johnson’s deconstruction of Frankenstein. In A Life with Mary Shelley, the literary critic suggests that the now canonical novel can be read as “a fundamentally autobiographical text of distinctly feminine origin.” Other feminist critics, including Judith Butler, offer their commentary in support of Johnson’s thesis and in appreciation of her contributions to the discipline.

Wesleyan University Press is now distributing books by J.A. Rogers, the Jamaican-American author who challenged unscientific ideas about race and popularized African history. The self-taught historian’s work also encompasses sociology and anthropology. His books, most notably 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, highlight the achievements of Africans.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, June 6, 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 evaluate the housing market, analyze Freud, learn the cause of degenerative brain disease, and reframe the history of rock ‘n’ roll. What did you read this week?sup-300x209

Columbia University Press asks whether its home city will regain its position as the world’s financial center or continue to slip and presents historical images of New York’s financial culture.

Duke University Press celebrates the official launch of TSQ: The Transgender Studies Quarterly at a conference of women historians. The Press mentions a round table with the editors, Paisley Currah and Susan Stryker, who discuss the exciting possibilities and inevitable complexities of the new journal.

A video posted by Georgetown University Press gives ecology artist Basia Irland an opportunity to explain her unusual book sculptures. She makes the books with frozen river water and writes the “text” with local plant seeds. The project draws attention to climate change and invites us to recognize the way learning can and does happen through experiencing nature.

Harvard University Press offers a post by David Huyssen on the myths and realities of the Progressive Era. He analyzes the era’s recent popularity as a potential model for lessening present day inequality and explains the temptation to follow the example of the last century. He ultimately argues, however, that it would be wiser to to look to the time period for cautionary lessons than for strategies to implement.

As speculation swirls around the upcoming Tony awards, Oxford University Press asks why and if the Tony’s matter, commenting on both the weirdness of this year’s nominations and the weirdness of making such a fuss over the weirdness of this year’s nominations. Despite her considerable snark, Elizabeth Wollman, author of Hard Times: The Adult Musical in 1970s New York City, clearly cares very much about the ceremony taking place this Sunday, and gives some reasons why maybe you should too.

The University of Pennsylvania Press  invites you to the launch of James G. McGann’s How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies, a book that draws on a wide variety of case studies to explain exactly what its title suggests.

The Princeton University Press has a chat with Professor Charles D. Bailyn, author of What Does a Black Hole Look Like? He discusses his book’s oxymoron of a title, his current reading list, and his star sign (Orion).

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the University of Chicago Press interviews Mary Louise Roberts, author of D-Day Through French Eyes: Normandy 1944. The press also posted an excerpt of the book that invites us to vividly reimagine an iconic day in history.

 

 

 

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, May 16, 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 celebrate Jewish American heritage, remember the life of Iris Barry, founder of the film department at the Museum of Modern Art, and reconsider the social changes our country is facing. What did you read this week?

With a new change in regime steadily approaching, Duke University Press offers hope for the ongoing elections in India, and the ramifications they will have for the country’s widespread political corruption and its poverty-stricken citizens.

This month is Jewish American Heritage Month, and in recognition, Duke University Press provides a guest post by Rabbi Michael Lerner reflecting on the conflicted heritage of American Jews as it relates to the adoption of new mainstream values in lieu of the “Jewish community’s blind loyalty.”

In celebration, the University of Nebraska also invites its readers to read a number of titles from their repertoire, among others relating to Jewish history, and to consider the ways in which they relate to the grand scheme of American history.

This week also saw Columbia University’s examination of the life of Iris Barry, founder of the London Film Society and the film department at the Museum of Modern Art. They offer an interview with Robert Sitton, author of Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film, in addition to a discussion of key films in Barry’s career as a film curator and a post detailing her life in photos.

With the recent NFL Draft this week and all the buzz surrounding Michael Sam, Oxford University Press considers the potential positive financial repercussions engendered by admitting more LGBT players into the NFL and other professional sports leagues.

As the equation of same-sex marriage to incest, polygamy, and adultery abounds across the nation, the Penn Press Log criticizes these arguments with the help of Brian Connolly, author of Domestic Intimacies: Incest and the Liberal Subject in Nineteenth-Century America. Here, he challenges the specious assumption that incest is a universally held taboo which has always been prohibited.

As divorce rates continue to increase in the United States, alimony, one of the most controversial aspects of divorce law remains to be questioned. Cynthia Lee Starnes writes a guest post for From the Square, NYU’s Press Blog in support of alimony law, debunking several myths concerning alimony’s demeaning nature as it applies to women.

The Stanford University Press Blog reports on Osagie Obasogie, law professor at UC Hastings, who, aiming to deepen our understanding of the construct of race, has undergone empirical examination of blind subjects to test the extent to which our notions of race are based on visual input.

Keeping in line with Americanized notions of race and in an attempt to humanize Latin Americans, one of the largest and ever-increasing racial minorities in the United States, author Mario T. Garcia writes for the UNC Press Blog, presenting oral histories from first-generation college students in order to dispute the stereotypes and misconceptions that remain in the American consciousness in regards to the nation’s Latin community.

While famous photographs can tug at our heartstrings and increase awareness of crises throughout the world, Oxford University Press questions the role that photography actually plays in affecting social change.