War and video games

The recently leaked video of a deadly U.S. military attack in Iraq prompted many to note the footage’s similarity to a video game. Technology writer Clive Thompson tells NPR’s On the Media: Sure. Predator drone strikes, they’re highly virtualized situations, right? I mean, you have someone sitting on American soil or in a nearby country, … More War and video games

Tracing the persistent myth of Native extinction

Historian and author Jean M. O’Brien (Ojibwe) has a very nice Q&A posted at the First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies blog. O’Brien, who is associate professor of history and American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota, is author of Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England, which will … More Tracing the persistent myth of Native extinction

String, Felt, Thread: Challenging distinctions between art and craft

We’re sorry we’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately. Fortunately, we have something to show for it: A few months ago, we were thrilled when Elissa Auther, author of String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchies of Art and Craft in American Art, agreed to work with us to develop a video about the book … More String, Felt, Thread: Challenging distinctions between art and craft

"Never Trust a Thin Cook" makes City Pages’ Best Of

http://wanimoto.clearspring.com/o/4805fc0db4a3562c/4af46cf43a2e70f8/4805fc0db4a3562c/5162d578/-cpid/db1816ddf8ea420d/-EMH/240/-EMW/432/widget.js The Press is excited to announce that City Pages has deemed Eric Dregni’s Never Trust a Thin Cook its Best Book by a Local Author. (In the interest of full disclosure: Dregni tells us he was once employed at City Pages. We’re pretty sure he hasn’t bought them off for this honor, though he … More "Never Trust a Thin Cook" makes City Pages’ Best Of

UMP at AAG

This year’s Association of American Geographers meeting in Washington, DC, was quite a significant one for University of Minnesota Press. We released the much-anticipated Seeking Spatial Justice by Edward W. Soja, which sold out rather quickly; Stuart Elden’s Terror and Territory received not only the 2009 AAG Globe Book Award, but also the Julian Minghi … More UMP at AAG

Q&A with Stuart Elden: A new look at the concept of ‘territory’

Stuart Elden is professor of political geography at Durham University, UK. He is author of Terror and Territory: The Spatial Extent of Sovereignty, which has recently won the prestigious 2009 AAG Globe Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography (see below for more info). “In this deftly argued and richly emprical book, Elden shows how, … More Q&A with Stuart Elden: A new look at the concept of ‘territory’

Celebrate "We’re Gonna Win, Twins!" with us at Target Field

“Bill Dailey, Won’t You Please Come In.” Billy Ball. The Lumber Company. Ten Acres of Roof. Homer Hankies. Bobblehead dolls. Piranhas. Twins Territory. In 1961, the Twins brought major league baseball to the upper Midwest, becoming the first team to claim with its name not just a city but a region. In We’re Gonna Win, … More Celebrate "We’re Gonna Win, Twins!" with us at Target Field