UP Week 2020 Events and Videos


“#RaiseUP: How University Presses Work for Overlooked Authors & Ideas,” part of the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends program  in early October, featured 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 included:

  • 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
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“AUPresses Webinar: Antiracism Toolkit for Allies in Scholarly Publishing” was held on November 10. Presenters Niccole Leilanionapae‘aina Coggins (University of Virginia Press), Jocelyn Dawson (Duke University Press), and Melanie Dolechek (Society for Scholarly Publishing) introduced the toolkit, hosted by the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications, and shared concrete steps to accelerate progress toward a more equitable and inclusive workplace culture.
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Also on November 10: a quartet of Canadian university presses hosted a webinar entitled, “Raise UP and Indigenous Voices in Canada.” Editors and authors from each participating press discussed individual books and demonstrated how the university presses work to provide a platform in Canada for Indigenous voices. Panelists included:

  • from McGill-Queen’s University Press: Kyla Madden (senior editor) and Nancy J. Turner, editor of Plants, People, and Places: The Roles of Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology in Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights in Canada and Beyond.
  • from University of Manitoba Press: Jarvis Brownlie (series editor, Critical Studies in Native History), and Brittany Luby, author of Dammed: The Politics of Loss and Survival in Anishinaabe Territory.
  • from University of Toronto Press: Jodi Lewchuk (acquisitions editor) and Miigam’agan, one of the contributing authors for the forthcoming The Gatherings: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations.
  • from Wilfrid Laurier University Press: Siobhan McMenemy (senior editor) and Deanna Reder and Daniel Heath Justice (series editors, Indigenous Studies Series).
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The University of Illinois Press Fall Publishing Symposium  was held virtually on November 12, coinciding with UP Week 2020 and offering insights to assist new authors as they work to Raise UP their ideas and voices. University of Illinois at Chicago faculty members will discuss “Getting It Written,” and editors from the University of Illinois Press, MIT Press, and the University of North Carolina Press will talk about “Getting It Published.” (Session videos are available on the symposium page linked above.)


These university presses from around the world contributed clips to our UP Week 2020 videos: Alberta, American University in Cairo, Fordham, Georgetown, NYU, Princeton, South Carolina, and Texas A&M. These montages celebrate the ways that university presses Raise UP a variety of voices.

Many thanks to Ingram Content Group for assembling the montages and to all who participated, in front of and behind the camera.