UP Week 2020

Our 2020 theme, #RaiseUP, highlights the role that the university press community plays in elevating authors, subjects, and whole disciplines that bring new perspectives, ideas, and voices to readers around the globe—in partnership with booksellers, librarians, and others. University presses use peer review and rigorous editorial processes to ensure that the books being raised up are among the best in their fields. In a time when information moves at faster speeds than ever before, it is critical that books about the most important events and ideas of the day are nurtured, championed, and made widely available.


“#RaiseUP: How University Presses Work for Overlooked Authors & Ideas,” part of the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends program on October 1 at  7 p.m. ET, will feature staff and authors from the university press community, discussing how they strive to bring new perspectives, ideas, and voices to readers around the globe. Panelists include: 

  • Fred Nachbaur, director, Fordham University Press
  • Pamela Lewis, Teaching While Black: A New Voice on Race and Education in New York City, Fordham University Press
  • Ilene Kalish, executive editor, NYU Press
  • Jane Ward, The Tragedy of Heterosexuality, NYU Press
  • Eric Schwartz, editorial director, Columbia University Press
  • Lance M. Freeman, A Haven and a Hell: The Ghetto in Black America, Columbia University Press