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 studied the classics online, compared Scottish and Quebec nationalism, and took a quiz on the Constitution. What did you read this week?
Columbia University Press interviewed John Pickrell about his book Flying Dinosaurs. He explained why birds are dinosaurs and how dinosaurs likely used their feathers.
Harvard University Press introduced the digital Loeb Classical Library with the help of its general editor, Jeffrey Henderson. Henderson commented on the challenges of moving the library online and described the exciting new ways of reading, studying, and teaching the library will enable.
Johns Hopkins University Press connected physics and art with a guest post by Dr. J.R. Leibowitz, the author of Hidden Harmony. He showed how the fields overlap in their principles and motivations.
McGill-Queen’s University Press offered a timely comparison between Scottish and Quebec nationalism. Books including Hierarchies of Belonging and Liberal Nationalisms delve into the related political and cultural contexts.
Oxford University Press celebrated the anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery with a post about her life. Wilma Peebles-Wilkins described Tubman’s efforts towards civil rights and social justice as well as her legacy for black feminists.
The University of Pennsylvania Press investigated Jewish travel writing in a Q&A with Martin Jacobs. His book, Reorienting the East, engages with postcolonial studies and the meaning of Orientalism.
Stanford University Press tested our knowledge of the U.S. Constitution with a quiz derived from Your Rugged Constitution. The Press has reissued the classic 1950s resource on the architecture of the nation’s founding document.
The University of Chicago Press congratulated Alison Bechdel, the cartoonist, graphic memoirist, and 2014 MacArthur “genius grant” recipient. The post offered a quick recap of the Bechdel test and video footage from a 2011 interview.