One widely circulated infographic impression of how a book is born. By designer Mariah Bear. BY JASON WEIDEMANNSenior acquisitions editor at University of Minnesota Press Last week some good news hit my inbox. A book published by the University of Minnesota Press, begun as the author’s dissertation, had been discussed in the New Yorker. Matthew … More What do university presses do?
What follows are extracts from University of Minnesota Press director Douglas Armato’s presentation at the 2012 Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition. These are snapshots of the history of the university press; debates about the humble “monograph”; and a model for the future of scholarly communication. You can also read the full … More What Was a University Press?
Construction photo of “Mountain of Despair” with Jefferson dome in background. Photo taken Aug. 11th, 2011, in advance of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial debut on Aug. 28th, the 48th anniversary of the day King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Photo by the author. BY KELLY QUINN Quadrant fellow and assistant … More Reflecting upon Mary McLeod Bethune in light of this weekend’s MLK Jr. Memorial debut.
BY LAURA A. OGDENAssociate professor of anthropology at Florida International University This movie poster from the film Shark River manages to cram almost every single Everglades-related stereotype into one “vivid color” tableau. It is really quite remarkable, reflecting, in particular, the racial binaries common to American landscape politics in the early 1950s. Here, we see, … More The Florida Everglades: A land of alligators, outlaws and so much swampy, cinematic excess
BY JOHN HARWOODAssociate professor of modern and contemporary architectural history at Oberlin College As IBM is celebrates its centenary today, one might be tempted to ask how IBM actually settled on a birthday. To hear IBM tell it, emerging from the key patents for punched-card storage and information processing written and held by Hermann Hollerith, … More Happy 100th Birthday, IBM
This post is published in connection with the University of Minnesota Press’s launch this week of an an online research archive (www.quadrant.umn.edu) and book series that stems from Quadrant, a new initiative to foster collaborative scholarship and revolutionize interdisciplinary publishing. This is Quadrant post 3 of 3; please see below for links to other posts. … More Quadrant: Contemporary environmental ethics and former nuclear facilities
This post is published in connection with the University of Minnesota Press’s launch this week of an an online research archive (www.quadrant.umn.edu) and book series that stems from Quadrant, a new initiative to foster collaborative scholarship and revolutionize interdisciplinary publishing. This is Quadrant post 2 of 3; please see below for links to other posts. … More Quadrant: Architect Hilyard R. Robinson’s contributions to place-making and public culture.
The University of Minnesota Press has announced the launch of an online research archive (www.quadrant.umn.edu) and book series that stems from Quadrant, a new initiative to foster collaborative scholarship and revolutionize interdisciplinary publishing. As part of the launch, the University of Minnesota Press blog this week is publishing Q&As with three Quadrant fellows who discuss … More Quadrant: On zoo history, shame, and racial dynamics
Today’s post is by Rebecca R. Scott, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Missouri and author of the forthcoming Removing Mountains: Extracting Nature and Identity in the Appalachian Coalfields (September 2010). ——- When Senator Robert C. Byrd died, there was an outpouring of grief and respect from his former constituents. The funeral proceedings … More Sen. Robert Byrd’s legacy may be complicated, but one thing is certain—he won’t be easy to replace.
Today’s post is by Anne Carter, Quadrant Coordinator at University of Minnesota Press. She introduces the Quadrant program, a collaborative and innovative effort that has recently been developed between the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Press. See below to listen to a panel that outlines Quadrant’s early lessons, benefits and future goals. … More The Quadrant Program: Supporting the sustainability of scholarly communication