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 the place of Islam in the world, the Constitution, and the role of social media in the fashion industry. What did you read this week?
Johns Hopkins University Press reveals how the Smithsonian’s first secretary was opposed to the institution becoming a museum. The post further tracks a long history of controversy and irony in the institution.
Columbia University Press features a series of posts explaining the importance of understanding and being aware of risk in investing, and why being rational is crucial for both investing and life.
Stanford University Press proposes a Buzzfeed-style quiz that determines what book from their Fall catalogue you are.
Harvard University Press shares a captivating conversation between two authors on Islam, the religion’s place in the world, and the role of history in shaping today’s political and religious landscape.
Princeton University Press analyzes colors by way of applied mathematics and by doing so makes us understand what was going on with “the dress.” Black and blue, or white and gold?
New York University Press thinks about how social media has changed the fashion industry. In the era of Instagram and Facebook the pressure to stage our lives online by releasing tightly edited, highly filtered images has become ever more intense.
MIT Press features an excerpt from A Constitution for All Times. The author envisions an evolving Constitution and examines current legal issues that range from health care to whether corporations should have rights under the Constitution.
University Press of Florida analyzes how African Americans have been an integral part of the country’s armed forces—even while the nation questioned, challenged, and denied their rights, and oftentimes their humanity.