News from the Membership
The member publishers of AAUP and the work they do are a major force in our intellectual and cultural life, and in the heart of their communities and fields. Here you'll find word of major achievements and milestones, including award-winning publications, press anniversaries and recognitions, and personnel announcements. AAUP also maintains directories of major digital publishing projects and collaborative initiatives. Keep up with even more news by following Books for Understanding.
December 2013: The MIT Press is launching its newest journal, the American Journal of Health Economics, the official journal of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon). The AJHE will provide a forum for the in-depth analysis of institutional health care systems and individual health behaviors. The journal will permit high-quality review of theoretical and applied topics which cannot be examined as fully by general economic publications.
October 2013: Valerie Millholland, Senior Editor at Duke University Press, has been awarded the Conference on Latin American History's Distinguished Service Award, for "significant contributions to the advancement of the study of Latin American History in the United States."
University of Chicago Press's Young Men and Fire, by Norman MacLean, is an official selection for the 2014 World Book Night, the annual community-level free giveaway of 30-35 specially issued titles.
Established in 2001 as RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press, the publishing arm of the Rochester Institute of Technology has officially shortened their name to RIT Press, marking an evolution of editorial policy past graphic communication processes, printing history, and bookmaking to also include content that supports all academic disciplines offered at their host institution.
Syracuse University Press, in cooperation with Syracuse University Libraries, has launched a Public: A Journal of Imagining America, a hybrid multimedia e-journal and archive focused on the humanities, arts, and design in public life—part of the national consortium Imagining America. Public is a peer-reviewed, open access journal, the first to be published under Syracuse Unbound, the new joint imprint of the library and press.
September 2013: The University of North Carolina Press has received a grant from the Kenan Charitable Trust, along funding from the Mellon Foundation, to address challenges brought about by the digital transformation in publishing. Director John Sherer will lead a staff-wide effort to implement investments in digital infrastructure. The gifts are part of a larger, comprehensive campaign for investment in the press as it looks to develop sustainable models for university presses within their new digital environment.
June 2013: The University of North Carolina Press has been awarded a one-year grant from the Mellon Foundation to explore the obstacles and opportunities facing university presses as they seek to incorporate various forms of digital publishing. The funding will be used to study expanded publication models that can successfully and sustainably connect the emerging forms of scholarship that rely on digital and computer-based methods with the book and journal formats long associated with university press publishing.
The University of Virginia Press's Founders Online, a website developed by Rotunda offering free access to the papers of six of the most important figures from America's founding era, was officially launched at a ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, DC on June 13.
The University of Nebraska Press, in partnership with Western University and the American Philosophical Society, has been awarded a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to edit and publish a series of 17 volumes of the Franz Boas Papers over the next seven years. Boas was a founding figure of North American anthropology and "cultural relativism" and a distinguished public intellectual.
May 2013: The University of South Carolina Press has named bestselling author Pat Conroy editor-at-large of Story River Books, their new South Carolina-based original fiction series.
The Jewish Book Council awards the Sami Rohr Prize to emerging writers who explore the Jewish experience in a work of non-fiction, with special consideration for the author's potential to make significant ongoing contributions to Jewish literature. Sarah Bunin Benor was named runner up for the 2014 award, and noted to be one "of the best and the brightest writers on Jewish scholarship and non-fiction today."
2013 Upper Midwest Emmy, Cultural Documentary
Twin Cities Public Television partnered with the MHS Press to produce Asian Flavors, a thirty-minute documentary celebrating Asian immigrants who have left an indelible and flavorful mark on Minnesota's culinary, cultural, and economic history. The project was based on MHS Press's Asian Flavors: Changing the Tastes of Minnesota since 1875, published in 2012.
PEN American Center's Robert W. Bingham Prize recognizes debut work "represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise." De La Pava's first novel, which he originally self-published before it caught the attention of the University of Chicago Press, shows a "willingness...to directly confront the question of justice and to explore the implicit absurdities and hypocrisies of our contemporary understanding of what it means to do justice."
The purpose of the Grawemeyer Award for Education, awarded by the University of Louisville, is "to stimulate ideas that have the potential to bring about significant improvement in educational practice and attainment." Pasi Sahlberg has been honored for Finnish Lessons (Teachers College), which explores the surprising success of Finland's school system, in which elementary-level students have a four-hour day, do little homework, rarely take tests and wait to start school until age seven. The Finnish system also works to ensure the same opportunities for all students and to show a high regard for the teaching profession.
Leila Ahmed's award-winning book, A Quiet Revolution, explains why a growing number of Muslim women in the United States are wearing veils. Ahmed interviewed young Muslim feminists, Arab nationalists, pious Islamic daughters, American Muslim immigrants and Islamic activists, discovering that in the context of contemporary American Islam, wearing a veil can represent a call for equality. The Grawemeyer Award in Religion honors and publicizes insights into the relationship between human beings and the divine and the ways this relationship may empower human beings to attain wholeness, integrity or meaning.
Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan's Columbia-published title has received this year's Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, awarded by the University of Louisville. The award is intended to stimulate the recognition, dissemination and critical analysis of outstanding proposals for improving world order. Why Civil Resistance Works explains that non-violent resistance brings about political change much more effectively than the use of violence. Chenoweth and Stephan collected and analyzed data on all known uprisings between 1900 and 2006, learning that the non-violent campaigns succeeded twice as often as the violent ones—even in the face of brutal repression.
Once again, the National Book Award in Poetry has gone to a university press-published work. Poet David Ferry has been honored with the 2012 award for his new volume Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations, published this year by University of Chicago Press. The award notes that "In poem after poem, his diction modulates beautifully between plainspoken high eloquence and colloquial vigor, making his distinctive speech one of the most interesting and ravishing achievements of the past half century."
Chinese novelist and story writer Mo Yan has been honored with this year's Nobel Prize in Literature: "Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition." Yan's work has been published by AAUP members Chinese University Press and in translation by University of Oklahoma Press, and three of his titles are distributed through Columbia University Press and University of Chicago Press.
For the second year running, a university press title has been awarded an Edgar Award for mystery writing. Princeton University Press's On Conan Doyle, by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Dirda, was honored with the Critical/Biographical prize (after a 2011 Edgar went to Nebraska's Scoreboard, Baby). Combining memoir and appreciation, On Conan Doyle is an engaging personal introduction to Holmes's creator, as well as a rare insider's account of the curiously delightful activities and playful scholarship of The Baker Street Irregulars.