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 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.