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Events 

Book Festivals

The University Press Week Task Force helped organize panels at major fall book festivals.

Boston Book Festival
Saturday, October 28, 3:30 to 4:30PM
#LookItUP: Knowledge Matters
In a time when doubt is cast on people with expertise in their given field, and "fake news" is on the rise, what value do facts still have in our society? The answer: a lot. Books have always stood as a bulwark of truth in a world that sometimes abuses facts. University press publishers stand at the forefront of the fight against fake news—believing in the value of accurate, peer-reviewed knowledge and publishing approximately fourteen thousand books each year from the world's leading thinkers, writers, and scholars.
Join authors Tom Nichols (Oxford, The Death of Expertise) and Marilynn Johnson (Massachusetts, The New Bostonians: Beacon, Street Justice), along with the University of Massachusetts Press's Brain Halley, in conversation with MIT Press director Amy Brand.

Texas Book Festival
Saturday, November 4, 3:30 to 4:15PM
Knowledge Matters: The Importance of Books and Publishing in the Age of 'Fake News'
In today's environment of 24-hour news networks, social media, targeted advertising, and the escalating problem of "fake news," it seems as though history is being written by those who shout the loudest. University Press publishers stand at the forefront of the fight against fake news—believing in the value of accurate, peer-reviewed knowledge and publishing approximately 14,000 books each year from the world's leading thinkers, writers, and scholars.
Join authors Randolph Lewis (Texas, Under Surveillance) and Geneive Abdo (Oxford, The New Sectarianism) as they discuss the critical vitality of facts, research, and contextualization of issues.

Bookstore and Campus Events

Presses are holding events on campuses, partnering with bookstores, and organizing local Knowledge Matters celebrations! We're happy to post details about any of these here— This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Book Culture (NYC)
Wednesday, November 8, 7:00PM
How to Publish with a University Press
Co-sponored by Columbia University Press

A panel discussion featuring three key people involved in the world of university press publishing:

  • Eric Schwartz, Editorial Director, Columbia University Press
  • Nicholas Dames, Theodore Kahan Professor of Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
  • Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, and Editor in Chief, Public Books

Moderated by  Jennifer Crewe, Associate Provost and Director, Columbia University Press, the panel will address the role of the university press in book publishing today, the difference between university presses and trade publishers, what writing for a university press means for one's academic career, and everything from how to submit a proposal to what to expect during the publishing process. The theme of University Press Week 2017 is #LookItUP: Knowledge Matters; the discussion will include a particular focus on the importance of facts in the public sphere and the role that university presses play in the dissemination of information.