#ReadUp university press week

University Press Week 2019: Read. Think. Act.


It’s University Press Week! University Press Week highlights the extraordinary work of nonprofit scholarly publishers and their many contributions to culture, the academy, and an informed society. We’ll be celebrating with displays at the Durham County Library’s South Regional branch, the LGBTQ Center of DurhamNorth Carolina Central University, Durham’s Riverside High School library, and around Duke University’s campus at the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, the Music Library, the Office for Faculty Advancement, the John Hope Franklin Center, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Rubenstein Arts Center, the Center for Muslim Life,  the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. If you’re in Durham please stop by and check out some of our recent titles and pick up a bookmark.

This year’s University Press Week theme is “Read. Think. Act.” It’s is a particularly apt theme as many citizens around the globe continue to engage in important debates that will influence vital decision-making in the months ahead; in fact, this year’s UP Week will begin exactly one year to the day before the 2020 Election Day in the U.S. Through this positive theme AUPresses members worldwide seek to encourage people to read the latest peer-reviewed publications about issues that affect our present and future—from politics to economics to climate change to race relations and more—and to better understand academic presses’ important contribution to these vital areas of concern. To that end, AUPresses members have suggested a “Read. Think. Act. Reading List” that can serve as a starting place for any reader who wants to learn more. Our contribution to that list is Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsumani on America’s Shores, by Orrin H. Pilkey and Keith C. Pilkey, who argue that the only feasible response to climate change along much of the US shoreline is an immediate and managed retreat.

A blog tour has been set up to highlight university press books, authors, and editors that fit the “Read. Think. Act.” theme. Today’s tour features presses blogging about “how to be a better (global) citizen.” Participating presses are University of California Press, University of Virginia Press, Purdue University Press, Georgetown University Press, University of Wisconsin Press, Manchester University Press, University Press of Florida, and University of Minnesota Press. Check out their posts today and come back here Wednesday, when several of our authors and editors will be participating in a roundtable about the global climate crisis.

Please share your love for university presses and all they do for scholarship on social media this week with the hashtag #ReadUP.

The Work of Intellectual Exchange Continues

The work of an academic publisher is not glamorous. Our work preparing books and articles for publication is detailed and time-intensive—we care deeply about the readability and layout of content on the page and online, about peer review, and about how and where people can access scholarship. Our readership is engaged and passionate, but we ultimately reach only a small fraction of the world’s population.

But while our readership is small, our ideas are not. As the United States considers the impact of the election on the major issues of our day, academic work feels particularly crucial. We urge our readers and their libraries to promote the free exchange of ideas by supporting the work of university presses and other nonprofit and independent publishers who provide a platform for voices of dissent and for the critical ideas that move society towards a more inclusive and pluralistic future.

Works on gender, race, political theory, culture, the environment, and area studies are at the center of our publishing program. Over the years, we’ve been proud to publish critical work on a wide range of important societal issues:

We are grateful for the many people who work in the service of scholarship in tandem with us: our authors, our editors and editorial boards, our peer reviewers, our readers, and our many partners in scholarly communication. When you choose to write for independent and nonprofit publishers, when you purchase the journals and books that matter to you (or ask your library to), and when you bring critical work to a larger audience through your teaching and research, you help move our shared project of intellectual exchange forward. We thank you.

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The University Press Week blog tour continues today. The theme is “Throw Back to the Future.”  First head to Yale University Press for a feature on the book A City of Tomorrow focusing on the future of communities. Indiana University Press gives a rundown of their ‘Bicentennial Bookshelf’ feature, in which IU Press authors talk about their favorite Indiana books and authors in preparation for Indiana University’s upcoming bicentennial celebration. Seminary Co-op Bookstores shares a scan of a Front Table newsletter from the 1980s. The University of Michigan Press focuses on digital scholarship, highlighting their innovative Gabii project that allows users to engage with scholarship via a gaming platform, and the Fulcrum platform launched just a few weeks ago. IPR License explains how they are building a community of university presses on its onlight rights platform and helping them to increase their revenue stream from backlist rights sales. In order to look forward at possibilities for future collaboration between university presses, Columbia University Press looks back at the history of the South Asia Across the Disciplines series, jointly published by the University of California Press, the University of Chicago Press, and Columbia University Press.

Check back here tomorrow for a #FollowFriday post on some of our authors and journals you should be following on social media.