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 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.