Monday, November 6, 2017

University Press Week Blog Tour: Day 1

Welcome to the sixth annual University Press WeekIn today’s political climate—where “fake news” and “alternate facts” are believed by so many people—valuing expertise and knowledge can feel like a radical act.

University presses not only believe in facts and knowledge, but traffic in them daily, publishing approximately 14,000 books and more than 1,100 journals each year, read by
people around the globe.

For the annual blog tour, our fellow presses are featuring posts for each day of the week including commentary on the following themes: “Scholarship Making a Difference,” "Producing the Books that Matter," "Libraries and Librarians helping us all #LookItUP," "#TwitterStorm," and "Selling the Facts."

Participate in the celebration by reading through the blog tour all this week, contribute to the conversation using the hashtags #LookItUP #UPWeek on social media, and visit for more information.

Here are the blog posts for today's theme Scholarship Making a Difference:

Wilfrid Laurier University Press – a post by Daniel Heath Justice about why university presses matter, the importance of Indigenous voices, and why he chose WLU Press for his book

Temple University Press: a post about books and authors that focus on racism and whiteness

Wayne State University Press: a post about a forthcoming book on slavery in 21st century America

University Press of Colorado: a feature of the press's post-truth-focused titles

Princeton University Press: Al Bertrand on the importance of non-partisan peer-reviewed social science in today's climate

George Mason University Press: a post on the path to discovery onf an overlooked and misunderstood yet influential historical figure

Cambridge: University Press: a post about Marie Curie and her struggle for recognition within the French scientific community dominated by male scientists.

University of Toronto Press: a post on the importance of making scholarship accessible to students and the role of publishers in helping to build better citizens; a post on how academic publishing can go beyond just facts to attempt to win over hearts and minds

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