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 both happy and tragic anniversaries, including the 19th Amendment, and Hurricane Katrina, and more. What did you read this week?
It has been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Duke University Press, NYU Press, Temple University Press, and University of Texas Press, looked back on the the books and articles they’ve published covering what went wrong and how the city has been recovering. Oxford University Press shared a personal essay from an oral historian for The Historic New Orleans Collection. The University of Minnesota Press reflected on how we commemorate the disaster and whose stories get told, especially as New Orleans is still in the recovery process.
Oregon State University celebrated a happier anniversary, the 95th year since the 19th Amendment was passed, granting women the right to vote. They shared a reading list of books on strong, outspoken, activist women from the Pacific Northwest who helped shape women’s rights.
Indiana University Press reminded readers that they have one week left to participate in a crowd-sourced book about local Indiana stories for the 2016 Indiana bicentennial.
Stanford University Press talked international diplomacy, investigating the effectiveness of the U.S.’s strategy of isolating adversarial states, as they did with the Soviet Union, North Korea, Iran, and Cuba. President Obama has been moving foreign policy in a new direction, as evidenced by the re-opening diplomatic relations with Cuba
The University Press of Florida shared some suggestions for books and events to celebrate the upcoming 450th birthday of the city of St. Augustine.
Columbia University Press described the discovery of Lucy – the oldest human skeleton ever found. As author Donald Prothero details, a culture of younger anthropologists seeking to prove themselves against greats like Louis Leakey resulted in incredible hominin artifact findings.
Princeton University Press has been sharing fun bird facts on Fridays this summer. Did you know that birds can sing two different notes simultaneously?
University Press of Colorado re-posted Baker & Taylor’s interview with Meredith Babb, president of AAUP. The conversation ranged from the special role of the university press to the challenges facing the publishing industry. A must-read for UP news followers!