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 late Dr. Alexander Clowes’s publication on his grandfather who assisted with the development of insulin, famous jazz musician Benny Golson celebrating his autobiography, and the reappearance of the “evangelical executive advisory board” for Trump’s campaign. What did you read this week?
Fordham Impressions highlights Pamela Lewis who recently published the book Teaching While Black: A New Voice on Race and Education in New York City. Interviewed by The Huffington Post, Lewis discusses her upbringing of being black, from the North Bronx, and living in the housing projects. She believes that her book provides great insight on issues faced by students of color and teachers to get a better understanding of their students’s racial backgrounds. Her book calls for a more in-depth look at how children perceive themselves psychologically and physically.
Indiana University Press features a Q & A with Susan Detweiler, wife of author and late Dr. Alexander Clowes who published a biography of his grandfather before passing due to cancer in 2015. His grandfather George H.A. Clowes was very significant in developing insulin at the Eli Lilly Company. Detweiler encouraged her husband to publish a biography about his ancestry and taking this opportunity to look through archival material that was passed down and saved in the family. Dr. Alexander Clowes created this book to continue on the Clowes legacy and provide the recognition that George H.A. Clowes rightfully deserves.
Temple University Press celebrates Benny Golson, an internationally famous jazz musician, and is now an co-author of his autobiography Whisper Not. Originally from Philadelphia, he made multiple appearances speaking about his jazz career such as composing with John Coltrane, Miles Davies, and Ella Fitzgerald. At 87, he released yet another album called “Horizon Ahead” and is one of the last few surviving members of Art Kane’s 1958 photo “A Great Day in Harlem.” His autobiography relives of the highs and lows of dedicating his life to jazz.
University of California Press has author Michael S. Evans write about the current presidential election in conjunction with his book Seeking Good Debate: Religion, Science, and Conflict in American Public Life. Presidential nominee Donald Trump has recently appointed an “evangelical executive advisory board” to assist him with his campaign. This advisory board were around the 1980s and 1990s and based on Evans’s research of interviewing individuals, there are “the Religious Right” and “everyone else.” Evans’s book provides support on how the “The Religious Right” have never left but rather Trump is the first speak and support the group.
University of Minnesota Press presents Professor of Ethnic Studies, Curtis Marez and his most recent book Farm Worker Futurism: Speculative Technologies of Resistance and how the book relates to the Donald Trump’s wall as speculative fiction. Even though many fans of Trump do not think his wall will go up, it is the meaning behind the wall that attracts people which is the idea of utopia and the elements of subordination and humiliation. Marez’s book focuses on speculative fiction and how farmers are using technology as their allies for a “visual culture.”