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YUP June Green Tip: Sustainability in the Office


This June the Yale Press Green Team welcomed a new group of talented summer interns with an introduction to recycling at Yale. Reaching out to new office-mates is a great way to maintain an office culture of sustainability. Many of the tips we shared with our interns could be applied in your own workplace, or at home.


Reuse “gently used” paper:

  • All too often, someone prints a document that they end up forgetting about or not needing. Instead of recycling this paper, reuse it by either printing draft documents on the other side *or*
  • Create scrap paper pads! Use a paper cutter or even just a ruler to cut or rip 8 ½ x 11 sheets of scrap paper in half, and fasten the sheets of paper together with a binder clip. Voilà, instant note pad! This also reduces the need to order note pads through our office supply manager.

Double‐sided printing and photocopying:

  • Most printers and photocopiers have an option for double‐sided printing. Make this your default setting. You can also choose double‐sided printing at your computer when you print out a document.

Bring your own mug and glass to work:

  • Try not to use paper cups, and take your own travel mug to the coffee shop.

Recycling with Terracycle:

  • Terracycle is a company that upcycles used product wrappers into new products like purses, soap dispensers, notebooks and clipboards!
  • For Terracycle you can collect:
    • Empty candy wrappers (all brands, all sizes [this includes fun size and king size!], all types of candy)
    • Empty Starbucks coffee bags (Starbucks only, any size bag of coffee beans)
    • Empty chip bags (all brands, all sizes, and all kinds of chips [pretzels, too!]).
  • For every bag you send in, a contribution of 2 cents will be paid to the organization of our choice. In addition, Terracycle will turn the bags into cool products.
  • Terracycle also collects other difficult to recycle items including old pens, toner and ink cartridges, and more. Find out more about their programs on their website.


Here are a few books for further reflection on the effect our workplace culture has on the environment:

The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science by Akiko Busch

The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities by Austin Troy

Law’s Environment: How the Law Shapes the Places We Live by John Copeland Nagle


What does your office do to reduce, reuse, and recycle? Share your tips with us in the comments below.

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.


Yale Press Podcast: Author Jennifer Michael Hecht on Suicide

Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against ItThere is a certain myth to the idea that most suicides occur around the holidays; in fact, it’s usually in spring and summer that see the highest rates of this irretrievable act. In our latest episode of the Yale Press Podcast, Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against Itspeaks poignantly to the value of  recovering the most powerful historical and contemporary arguments against the act.  The book, based on research as well as personal experience — has been well received by critics: it’s what David Brooks has called “eloquent and affecting” in his New York Times column, what Maria Popova claimed as “more than a must-read — it’s a cultural necessity” on Brain Pickings, and what Andrew Sullivan has treated readers to with a series of videos with an Ask Anything series with Hecht on The Dish.


Listen to Jennifer Michael Hecht on the Yale Press Podcast on iTunesU!

As we close our #YUPapr conversations this month about “Ancient Texts, Modern Beliefs”, Hecht‘s argument importantly shapes how we have perceived our own humanity as an object of faith and community, and for our modern society and its set of beliefs, the message is clear: don’t go, stay.

YUP April Green Tip: Celebrate Book Swap Month!

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April’s known for its spring showers, but April is also book swap month

Our 4th annual Book Swap took place here at YUP during the week of April 21st– 25th. We invite all of you to celebrate in spirit with us–wherever you are–and participate in a book swap in your area. This is your chance to refresh your bookshelves at home – bring in the books you’ve read (but don’t need to keep forever and ever) or haven’t read (and have finally admitted to yourself you’re never going to read) and browse the volumes brought in by your friends and colleagues for replacements!

Consider setting up a book swap at your workplace, school, or neighborhood! Here’s how we’re organized our own:

  • The YUP Book Swap took place in the basement kitchen of our building. Baked goods appeared periodically throughout the week to keep you from getting too hungry as you shop for free books. (We highly recommend having baked goods if you’re setting up your own book swap!)
  • Please DON’T bring: damaged books, encyclopedias, magazines, outdated material (e.g. science, medicine), foreign language books

Spring Cleaning at YUP: Unidentified Bookish Objects

Laura Davulis—

Part spring cleaning, part cathartic cleansing ritual, part pizza party: every spring Yale University Press sets aside one Friday to clear out the clutter of the previous year. We still do a lot of our work here on paper, and so it’s not unusual to find myself knee-deep in manuscripts and page proof by 10:30am on clean-up day. (“It has to get worse before it gets better,” I mutter repeatedly to myself, pacing around my office, not unlike a crazy person.)

I have this theory that the black hole in the dryer (where the socks go) must back up into YUP, because we all find all sorts of weird stuff on clean-up day. Previous years have given us: a sword (plastic), an orangutan (stuffed), an entire closet full of shoes, a box of matchbooks with the YUP logo, and a golf club. This year, I asked my colleagues to tell me about the weirdest things they found:

One editor, who is uninjured and fully ambulatory, found a cane in her office. Are you missing a cane? Did you leave it at the Press? Do you need it back?


Managing editor Jenya Weinreb found this monster behind her bookshelf. “No idea where I got it,” she notes. “If anyone knows, remind me.” Until then, it’ll live in the Press’ model of the Globe Theatre.

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Head IT wizard Milt Kahl found these original blueprints for our warehouse, TriLiteral. If you are planning some sort of top-secret midnight book abduction mission, well, here you go. (Might I suggest a bookstore instead?)


A colleague who asked to be referred to as “Big Spender” found this baggie of foreign coins in her desk. She writes, “I found a Ziploc bag of East Caribbean States coins ($1.36 total) on clean-up day.  However, it wasn’t in my office prior to about 9:45am – it appeared on my desk, just in front of my keyboard, sometime this morning.  While I’m grateful to my anonymous benefactor for the financial support, I’m not entirely sure where I’m able to spend the money.”

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Another gem from our manuscript editorial department: an actual typewriter! This one is destined for the trash, but don’t worry, we have others. Sometimes you just need to do things the old fashioned way, you know?


But by far the best find of the day was this fake YUP catalog, produced in 1983 for the 75th anniversary of the Press. I’d heard rumors that this existed, but hadn’t actually seen it in person until today. Feast your eyes on Not The Yale Fall 1983:

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Things start off simple enough. Here’s a funny book about teeth.

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These books seem readable, though I’m not sure how we got a blurb from Robert Frost.

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Ok, we’re getting into dangerous pun territory now.

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You have to admit, “buy it already” is pretty genius catalog copy.

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“A dictionary of clichés for describing scholarly books” would actually be a pretty useful thing to have.  Can someone get on this?

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By this page, you start to think that maybe, just maybe, my esteemed predecessors are getting a little silly.

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What is… happening… here?

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Ah, here we go. This order form seems simple enough! No need to read the fine print, I’m sure it’s completely aboveboard.

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LauraDavulisLaura Davulis is Associate Editor, History and Literature, for Yale University Press.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, April 25, 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 in our celebration of Math Awareness Month and other holidays, consider video’s positive and negative cultural impacts, and review the importance of General Charles Lee during the Revolutionary War. What did you read this week?

This past Tuesday was Earth Day, and Wendy Read Wertz at the Indiana University Press celebrates by recounting the story of Lynton Keith Caldwell, his development of environmental policy (specifically the National Environmental Protection Act of 1969), and his ties with Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day.

Today is Arbor Day, and Anglea Sorby offers a guest post for JHU Press in celebration, detailing Arbor Day’s history and providing poems by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Edna St. Vincent Millay regarding the holiday’s significance.

Frank Gilliam at Oxford University Press  presents another take on Arbor Day’s importance, in which he insists that we consider forests from an ecosystem perspective.

Over at the MIT Press, for Math Awareness Month, we have a guest post from Dave Ryman, author of The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell us. He focuses on the limitations of mathematics and further elaborates on the issue of unsolvable problems and the relationship between mathematical proofs and the truth.

Keeping in line with the mathematical theme, Princeton University Press announces an upcoming discussion and books signing with David Reiner, professor of mathematics and statistics at The College of New Jersey, in which participants will have the opportunity to examine ancient methods of Egyptian arithmetic and highlight key differences between the math of the time and mathematics today.

With the recent online release of The Oral History Review, Oxford University Press presents a conversation between OHR Editorial Board Member Erin Jessee and OHR contributor Alexander Freund, with respect to the history of the oral history interview.

This week saw the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, and in celebration, Stanford University Press has pulled together a quiz concerning philosophers’ sentiments in regard to The Bard.

At From the Square, the NYU Press blog,  author Phillip Papas provides a Q&A to discuss his new book, in hopes of expanding American consciousness in regards to George Washington’s second-in-command, as well as the tactics Americans used during the war.

To highlight their new release, Video Revolutions, Columbia University Press has devoted much of the week contemplating the history of the video medium, and its positive and negative effects on society, providing images from the cultural “revolution” and a featured guest post from the book’s author considering the early idealization of television.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with YUP

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April is National Poetry Month, and Yale University Press has been excited to celebrate with new titles dedicated to the art of verse and a handful of paperback releases from our Margellos World Republic of Letters series.


After last month’s announcement of Ansel Elkins as our 2014 winner, we are delighted to showcase the work of last year’s Yale Series of Younger Poets winner Eryn Green with our release of his collection, Eruv. As Carl Phillips, judge of the last three competitions, and chancellor of the American Academy of Poets notes, Eruv “reminds us how essential wilderness is to poetry—a wilderness in terms of how form and language both reinvent and get reinvented.” Holding both a PhD from the University of Denver and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Utah, Green has published an essay in Esquire, and his poetry has appeared in JubilatColorado Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly, among other publications. Eruv is now available in paperback and a cloth limited edition. You can read a Q&A with Eryn on our blog and be sure to visit the new Yale Younger Poets website!



Kiki Dimoula; Photo Credit: Michalis Anastasiou


Kiki Dimoula is one of the most highly regarded names in the canon of Greek contemporary poetry. She is a recipient of the European Prize for Literature and a full member of the Academy of Athens, to which only three women have ever been inducted. Now available in paperback, The Brazen Plagiarist, translated by Cecile Inglessis Margellos and Rika Lesser, selects poignant poetry comprising her immense oeuvre and highlights the beautiful verse, which according to poet Yves Bonnefoy, is reminiscent of “reflections of a cloudy sky in earthly words.”



Dante, the medieval Italian poet fondly known as the “Father of the Italian language,” is probably most well-known for his epic poem The Divine Comedy. In hopes of being able to examine the poet and the social climate of his time through the lens of The Divine Comedy and Dante’s other minor works, Open Yale Courses is offering “Dante in Translation,” taught by Giuseppe Mazzotta, Sterling Professor of the Humanities for Italian at Yale and specialist in medieval literature. Mazzotta’s Reading Dante situates the writings within the poetic and political context of the late Middle Ages while exploring the poltical, philosophical, and theological issues at the forefront of Dante’s mind, including the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, love and knowledge, and exile and history.



While some of our readers may be somewhat familiar with Kabbalah and some not at all, we aim to expand your consciousness of the subject with the paperback publication of The Poetry of Kabbalah:  Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition, translated and annotated by Peter Cole. The compilation, the first in the English language examining Jewish mysticism, spans over 1,500 years of Kabbalistic tradition. A 2007 MacArthur Fellow and founder of Ibis Editions, a small literary press in Jerusalem dedicated to publishing overlooked works in the languages of the Levant, Cole has been praised for his talent for transforming poems “long regarded as untranslatable” into English translations that “retain the subtleties, complexities, and formal elegance of the original verse.” His elegant treatment of the sacred texts in this work is reflected even further by his translation philosophy, which dictates that he regard language as “sacred, or a reflection of the sacred,” describing his care of language as a moral and metaphysical act.


Just as Peter Cole has brought to light the tradition of religious verse, so do Jay Hopler and Kimberly Johnson, editors of Before the Door of God: An Anthology of  Devotional Poetryin which Hopler and Johnson follow the development of devotional poetry throughout history, tracing it back to the very origins of poetry in English. Focusing on the works more as “literary artifacts rather than spiritual exercises,” Johnson and Hopler showcase a range of poetry from sixteenth-century hymnody to the contemporary poetry that both adopts the devotional posture and reflects the widening influence of non-Christian traditions in the Anglophone canon. As the editors explain in the anthology’s preface, “This anthology brings together some of the finest poems of the Western literary tradition and does so with the hope of generating a conversation—not just among scholars, artists, and academics, but among readers generally—about the relationships among literature, history, and the idea of the spiritual.”


We invite you to read and share the works of poets and their translators in our Margellos World Republic of Letters series, featured in our WRLbooks sampler celebrating National Poetry Month!

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.

March Theme: War!

Although it may be an uneasy topic, the discussion of war, military studies, and the related political and governmental histories and current events are a vital part of the cultural conversation to which Yale University Press authors contribute.

Now out in paperback, Wall Street Journal  Supreme Court correspondent Jess Bravin’s The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay covers the Guantanamo Bay prison camp since its inception reports on the legal, political, and moral issues that have stood in the way of justice. Read an excerpt and listen to the Yale Press Podcast interview with YUP Director John Donatich, now available on iTunesU.

On the 11th anniversary of the Iraq War, we posted about Peter Mansoor’s Surge, accounting for his time served during he turning days of the conflict in 2007-2008, in the final days of the Bush administration. Mansoor writes: “The American people need a more comprehensive account of the Iraq War during the years of the surge, one written from the inside perspective of a member of General Petraeus’s team.”

And for the 2014 centennial, the relentless progression of World War I and the devastated wartime landscape of Flanders Fields are presented in unprecedented detail in Birger Stichelbaut and Piet Chielens’s The Great War Seen from the Air in Flanders Field, 1914-1918, a unique historical record comprised primarily of aerial photographs taken over the bitter four-year course of the Great War. Visit the Yale ARTbooks blog for image details of the trenches and bunkers seen from above.

mar2014Two books of letters from the western front are now available: Life, Death and Growing Up on the Western Front, written from historian Anthony Fletcher’s discovery of his grandfather’s letters and French Corporal Louis Barthas’s writings, translated by Edward M Strauss in Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914-1918, one of “This Week’s Hot Reads” for the Daily Beast (along with Michael Coogan’s The Ten Commandments, an upcoming feature in our April “Ancient Texts, Modern Beliefs” theme).

One hundred years before the Great War put two notable generals in direct conflict, and two new biographies, Rory Muir’s Wellington: The Path to Victory: 1769-1814, and Philip Dwyer’s Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power, the second volume in his study of France’s most notorious general,  illustrate one of the greatest military rivalries of modern history.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Tennent Harrington Bagley in February; Bagley had been the author of Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games and a guest on the Yale Press Podcast in 2007. Read our full obituary here.

Kristie Macrakis is the author of the new YUP book, Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda—the first history of invisible writing, uncovered through stories about scoundrels and heroes. Read an interview with the author and learn about the spy wars, chemical discoveries, and famous characters that make up this hidden history.

In Through a Screen Darkly, Martha Bayles explains the use of popular culture, politics, and the projection of America’s global image  – our post on “The Urban Singles Comedy and Public Diplomacy” covers the perspective on popular shows like Friends, Sex and the City, or Desperate Housewives and their role in the culture wars of America as seen from abroad.

Be sure to sign up by this Friday, April 4, to receive our March “War!” e-newsletter, with a special discount on all the titles discussed this month on the Yale Press Log, and more!