Next month, the Association of American University Presses will celebrate University Press Week from November 11-17. This week started back in the summer of 1978 when President Jimmy Carter proclaimed a University Press Week “in recognition of the impact, both here and abroad, of American university presses on culture and scholarship.”
In the spirit of collaboration that pervades the university press community, Syracuse University Press and 25 other presses will come together for a blog tour during University Press Week. This tour will highlight the value of university presses and the contributions they make to scholarship and our society. Bloggers include authors, book review editors, university press staff members, interns, booksellers, and university press advocates, most notably Bruce J. Miller and Ned Stuckey-French, who led a successful social media campaign to save the University of Missouri Press.
Harvard University Press kicks off the tour on Monday, November 12, and it continues coast-to-coast with stops in Canada and Hawaii before ending on Friday, November 16, at Oregon State University Press. The tour comes to SU Press’s blog on Wednesday, November 14, with a post by long-time author and former series editor Laurence M. Hauptman. The complete University Press Week blog tour schedule is shown below.
In addition to the blog tour, the AAUP and other member presses are planning several features and events for University Press Week. For more information, visit http://www.universitypressweek.org.
University Presses are nonprofit publishers that spread knowledge through scholarly, creative and intellectual literature. As part of their academic institution, they place a large emphasis on community involvement and international reach. To illustrate the prevalent impact University Presses have on society, the AAUP created a mapping project in honor of University Press Week this November 11-17. For this project, they encouraged Presses to create a Google map of their footprint in the world based on authors, subjects, events, etc. Each University Press map shares a story of their many years of influence and the united mission they live by each day.
Syracuse University Press’s Influence Map demonstrates their geographic impact over the past 3 years. Each red flag marks the area of influence of a book subject and the yellow flag indicates where the author is from.
When Chancellor William Pearson Tolley founded the Press in 1943 his intent was that such a venture should enhance the school’s academic standing. This map illustrates that with more than 1,200 titles in print and a global reach spanning 6 continents, Syracuse University Press proudly continues to sustain his values 69 year later.