• The Best of the University Press: Recommendations for Smarter Reading

    In Honor of University Press Week

    This November, pick up a university press book—or two—to learn more about the issues of the day. That’s the hope of the international university press organization AUPresses, which celebrates the eighth annual University Press Week, November 3-9. This year, member presses chose the theme “Read. Think. Act.” and have compiled a reading list for curious booklovers who want to read the latest works on the day’s urgent topics.

    “Many of us choose to work for university presses because we believe in the UP mission of bringing the latest research and ideas to diverse audiences of readers,” AUPresses President, and director of the University of Arizona Press, Kathryn Conrad said. “In the last few years many people have found it difficult to have effective conversations about the most serious and important issues facing our communities, nations, and world. We hope that by encouraging readers to explore university press works on topics that affect everyone—and to reflect on their reading—our publications might help stimulate positive conversations and actions.”

    The books on the list cover everything from the environment to economics to immigration to civil rights to education to philosophy and even empathy. There are 75 (!) books on the list so far—where will you begin?


    The Athenian Citizen: Democracy in the Athenian Agora (Agora Picture Book 4) by Mabel Lang
    (American School of Classical Studies at Athens)

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    Truths and Lies in the Middle East: Memoirs of a Veteran Journalist, 1952-2012 by Eric Rouleau
    (American University in Cairo Press)

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    From Turtle Island to Gaza by David Groulx
    (Athabasca University Press)

    Enemy of the People

    Enemy of the People by Marvin Kalb
    (Brookings Institution Press)

    There is no planet B

    There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years by Mike Berners-Lee
    (Cambridge University Press)

    Naming our Sins

    Naming Our Sins: How Recognizing the Seven Deadly Vices Can Renew the Sacrament of Reconciliation edited by Jana M. Bennett and David Cloutier
    (Catholic University of America Press)

    Rethinking Open Society

    Rethinking Open Society—New Adversaries and New Opportunities edited by Michael Ignatieff and Stefan Roch
    (Central European University Press)

    American Resistance

    American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave by Dana R. Fisher
    (Columbia University Press)

    Earth Emotions

    Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World by Glenn A. Albrecht
    (Cornell University Press)

    Sea Level Rise

    Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami on America’s Shores by Orrin H. Pilkey and Keith C. Pilkey
    (Duke University Press)

    Lady Liberty

    Lady Liberty: An Illustrated History of America’s Most Storied Woman by Joan Marans Dim and Antonio Masi
    (Fordham University Press)

    Truth Telling in a Post-Truth World by D. Stephen Long
    (GBHEM Publishing)

    Humanity in Crisis

    Humanity in Crisis: Ethical and Religious Response to Refugees by David Hollenbach, SJ
    (Georgetown University Press)

    Unconscious Bias in Schools

    Unconscious Bias in Schools by Tracy A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman
    (Harvard Education Press)

    The Privileged Poor

    The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students by Anthony Abraham Jack
    (Harvard University Press)

    Moments of Truth

    Moments of Truth: A Photographer’s Experience of Kent State 1970 by Howard Ruffner
    (Kent State University Press)

    Images of Immigrants and Refugees in Western Europe

    Images of Immigrants and Refugees in Western Europe edited by Leen d’Haenens, Willem Joris, and François Heinderyckx
    (Leuven University Press)

    Jim Crow's Last Stand

    Jim Crow’s Last Stand: Nonunanimous Criminal Jury Verdicts in Louisiana by Thomas Aiello
    (Louisiana State University Press)

    Knowledge Resistance

    Knowledge Resistance by Mikael Klintman
    (Manchester University Press)

    Everything is Interconnected

    Everything Is Interconnected: Towards a Globalization with a Human Face and an Integral Ecology edited by Joseph Ogbonnaya and Lucas Briola
    (Marquette University Press)

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