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?
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.