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What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, September 30th 2016

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 Star Trek, bullying and school violence, and Rothko. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press examines the power of Rothko’s painting and his transformation from a figurative to an abstract painter. None of Rothko’s figurative paintings are remotely capable of evoking as emotionally rich and varied, as spiritual, a response as his more reductionist dark canvases.

The University of California Press celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek on American television. Star Trek—despite the movies, the games, the fans, the spoofs—was, and is, primarily culturally important as a product of television.

Oxford University Press asks whether happiness is in our genes. When it comes to how we feel most of us may think that our happiness must be more strongly influenced by situational factors than our genes. But could it be that some people are happier than others simply because they inherited genes that make them generally feel better regardless of whether they had a good or a bad day?

The NYU Press analyzes the link between bullying and school violence, noting that the profile of so many of the school shooters over the last few decades who commit this horrific violence is that of a boy being terribly lonely, unhappy and/or bullied.

Princeton University Press, in light of the current political environment, asks whether money-making is an art or a mania? Much of America’s wealth can in fact be traced to extraordinary feats of invention and ingenuity, but the phenomenon of Donald Trump reminds us that the idea of money-making as craftsmanship—even if it contains a substantial part of the truth—might also be readily deployable as a self-serving myth.

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