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 tried to keep our superstitions about the second Friday 13th in a row at bay as we read about March Madness, Hillary Clinton news, social justice-related politics, and more. What did you read this week?
Several university presses got caught up in March Madness this week: Temple University Press shared a reading list of books about basketball, Princeton University Press investigated ways that math can improve your bracket selections, and the University Press of Kentucky collected fun factoids you may not already know about the Wildcats’ many championships.
University of Nebraska Press focused instead on soccer, sharing the struggles of a New York City soccer fan on the occasion of the start of the Major League Soccer season.
MIT Press spent five minutes with Peter Pesic, author of Music and the Making of Modern Science, interviewing him on the ancient origins of modern science.
Stanford University Press discussed deflating “colorblind” racial ideology of the U.S. by highlighting areas of continued inequality in the post-Civil Rights era.
University of Pennsylvania Press asked “who made capitalism in nineteenth-century America and how was it made?” Investigating everyday citizen’s transactions provides a “bottom up” view of the evolution of American capitalism.
Oxford University Press explored the idea of citizenship in community mental health work.
NYU Press prepped for St. Patrick’s day with a reflection on the relationship between Irish and Italian immigrants in America, focusing particularly on the differences between their Catholic practices.
Oregon State University Press wondered if it is possible to find a compromise between the preservation needs of America’s forests and human needs from the environment with a guest post from US Forest Service deputy chief, Jim Furnish.
University of Illinois Press questions whether, at this point, Hillary Clinton makes news or is news.