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 found conversations on Cecil the Lion, the concept of money, Google’s new umbrella company, and more. What did you read this week?
University of Toronto Press commented on Google’s new umbrella company “Alphabet” with an article from Laurence de Looze on the cultural significance of the alphabet. Google’s new name references a conceptual order that “not only helps us make sense of reality but also creates our reality in part.”
University of California celebrated World Photography Day with a series of guest posts from authors of their recent photography-related titles, talking about their personal connections to the medium.
Temple University Press, in the wake of #CeciltheLion, examined why people are sometimes more moved by stories of animal abuse than abuse of other human beings in a conversation with two authors whose expertise covers human-animal relations, race, politics, and gender.
Fordham University Press shared an account of an archaeological dig in Georgetown, which many hope will uncover more about the life of Yarrow Mamout, a freed African slave and entrepreneur who became a prominent figure in Georgetown after receiving his freedom.
Columbia University Press asks scientist James Lawrence, “is Pope Francis Right on the Science?” Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ calls for action to address global warming and Lawrence confirms that the pope’s understanding of the science behind global warming is spot on.
Oxford University Press shared 10 discussion questions on Great Expectations for their Oxford World’s Classics Reading Group(#OWCReads). We liked #8: “Great Expectations originally appeared in weekly instalments. What effect does it have on the story if you can only read one small portion of it at a time?”
Stanford University Press discussed how we conceptualize money – as a language, or as an icon. Author Noam Yuran explains how the differences in our conceptions manifest in our politics and economic systems.
NYU Press is sharing a series of guest posts from Phillip Luke Sinitiere, leading up to the publication of his book on Joel Osteen (the smiling preacher) and the Lakewood Church. In this week’s post Sinitiere detailed the qualitative research process that went into his book.