If you’re headed out to Milwaukee to soak up knowledge at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, you’ll want to be prepared.

That’s why we’ve come up with an essential UIP reading list for NWSA. Here are five books and journal articles that are good warm up reads for the conference you can bring along for the plane, on the airport tram, or even in one of Milwaukee’s fine cabs. By the time the conference starts you’ll be ready to dazzle everyone at the Wisconsin Center coffee cart.


1. Latina Lives in Milwaukee by Theresa Delgadillo. Book signing 4pm, Saturday, November 14 at a reception held in the Illinois exhibit.

Latin American communities have a long history in The Mil. Theresa Delgadillo went to the source—Latina women from across the generations—to tell some of the overlooked stories that shaped the city. The women discuss migrations for work and education or away from violence, their struggles at home and in the workplace, their efforts to build community and secure civil rights, and their experiences as pioneers and participants in activities ranging from business to schooling to philanthropy.


2. “Developing a Nonsexist/Nongendered Language Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire”, Erica J. Benson, Theresa D. Kemp, Angela Pirlott, Casey Coughlin, Quinn Forss and Laura Becherer.

This article in the journal Feminist Teacher discusses implementing nongendered language policies at institutions. Its a wonderful portrait of putting theory into practice. And why stop with reading? We’re celebrating Feminist Teacher’s 25th volume year! Join us for the reception at our booth on Friday, November 13, at 4-5 pm.

3. “Multidimensional Approaches to Examining Gender and Racial/Ethnic Stratification in Health”, Tyson H. Brown and Taylor W. Hargrove.

The journal Women, Gender, and Families of Color brings us this piece examining gender and racial disparities in healthcare.

Levine4. Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn: Feminized Popular Culture in the Early Twenty-First Century.  Editor Elana Levine will sign copies of her book at the University of Illinois Press Both in the Exhibit Hall, Saturday November 14 at 4pm.

All of us living la vida mainstream have become aware of the increasing power and influence of pop culture aimed at women. Elana Levine spearheads an exploration of the new century’s proliferation, and embrace, of femme-oriented culture. The writers cover the entire waterfront from mommy apps to celebrity branding, from Kardashians and their watchers to Fifty Shades of Grey and its readers. Celebrity gossip. Lifetime. Gospel and R&B performances. Women’s magazines. Cupcakes. Everything is here, and Elana wants to hand you a copy of the signed uber-knowledge that makes sense of it all.

BrandzelS16*5. Against Citizenship: The Violence of the Normative by Amy L. Brandzel.

*Technically, this isn’t a good warmup read for NWSA 2015. The book doesn’t publish until March of 2016, but if you visit the Illinos Press booth during the conference you can sign up to win a copy. If we draw your name, you have the perfect read to get you ready for NWSA 2016.


UPW-Logo-2015University Press Week has been around since 1978. This week we’re joining other AAUP members to scholarly publishing concurrent with the first annual Academic Book Week (Nov. 9-16, 2015), a program of the UK-based Academic Book of the Future project.

But what will scholarly publishing look like in the future? Technology and economic concerns are both transforming the consumption and production of books around the world. This is a question that is being examined during University Press Week.

A number of university presses are participating in the Press Week blog tour. Each day a group of presses will blog about big issues in publishing or major accomplishments they’ve seen over the last year. Today you can check out entries from our colleagues at ten other presses who are blogging about the changing face of academic publishing.

University Press Week 2015 Blog Tour: The Future of Scholarly Publishing

There are two parallel streams of technological and cultural change that drive the debate over how to publish the best scholarship and in the best way: the model for access to scholarship and the format or process for what many think of as traditional “publishing,” particularly long form scholarly monographs.

Those issues, and the innovations that scholarly presses have developed are sure to make you think of the University Press in a new way.

One of the wonderful things about independent bookstores is the opportunity for discovery.

Is there a better feeling than walking among rows of texts and spying that one spine that calls out to be read? Whatever might pique interest—from an evocative title to a compelling subject—the story begins with the search for some new knowledge to consume.

Browsing through the shelves is the best way to indulge a curiosity about the world. So it only makes sense that in a haven for the curious you might find a cat.  Or two.

Felines have been known to roam many a bookstore. They’re perched on the top of bookshelves, curled up on the counter (not to be bothered by patrons, employees, proprietors, or even the fire marshal), or roaming the stacks.

You’ve seen their furry faces (No, not the knowledgeable people helping you find the perfect tome; its the cats we are still talking about here); you have stepped gingerly over their darting tails.  You may have even wondered “why are they here?”

In celebration of the bookstore cat we’re rewarding those who captured these felines in action, or inaction, via their favorite digital recording device.

Just as they hold their imperious court over bookstores, cats rule the internet. And on their domain we are hosting a contest via the Facebook page for Fe-Lines: Cat Poetry through the Ages.

Go to and give the page a Like.

We’re welcoming book store owners and patrons to post photos of their favorite cats living the shelf life.  Each week we’ll pick a favorite cat photographer to win a copy of Fe-Lines.

Felines Photo Contest




UPW-Logo-2015This year the Association of American University Presses gather online and on campuses around the world for University Press Week from November 8-14, 2015. The AAUP is celebrating scholarly publishing concurrent with the first annual Academic Book Week (Nov. 9-16, 2015), a program of the UK-based Academic Book of the Future project.

University presses continue to publish the best scholarship from the foremost thinkers working today and Press Week offers a chance to turn the spotlight on what we do.

A number of university presses are participating in a blog tour this week. Each day a group of presses will blog about big issues in publishing or major accomplishments they’ve seen over the last year. Today you can check out entries from our colleagues at eight other presses who will blog about the surprises that have come out of academic publishing.

University Press Week 2015 Blog Tour: Monday – Surprising!

The inaugural University Press Week was held in November 2012 and was part of AAUP’s 75th anniversary festivities. On the eve of that inaugural event President Jimmy Carter said, “When as president I proclaimed a ‘University Press Week’ in 1978, I did so to honor the important role of university presses in advancing and preserving knowledge. Since then my personal appreciation and understanding of university presses has deepened. I am glad that University Press Week will again be celebrated. The special character and contribution of university presses should be better known and better supported.”


CommonThreadsAJPThis fall University of Illinois Press Journals is publishing the first in a series of e-books that bring together related journal content into a single volume.

The Common Threads series of e-books allow the reader to experience several thematically-related scholarly articles at one time. This innovative new series aims to gather hand-selected material by leading scholars in an easy-to-digest format that will appeal to a wider audience than before.

Higher Mental Processes, the first volume in Common Threads, is now available.

Compiled by the editor of the American Journal of PsychologyRobert W. Proctor, this volume contains ten highly regarded articles from the Journal that discuss higher order thinking. The articles span the 125 year history and are authored by the most prominent names in the field.

E-books in this series are available for order in paperback.

UPW-Logo-2015University Press Week is celebrated worldwide from November 8-14. The week is designed to draw attention to the great scholarly publishing work that challenges boundaries and stimulates thought.

During Press Week the Association of American University Presses is hosting some online events that can be viewed by anyone, anywhere they have online access.  The first, Opening Access: The Reinvention of the Academic Book, will be broadcast November 10 at 2:00 pm Central/3:00 pm Eastern on Google+ Hangouts on Air.

Moderated by: Jennifer Howard, Senior Reporter, Chronicle of Higher Education

Speakers: Frances Pinter (Manchester University Press/Knowledge Unlatched), a publisher of both traditional print and innovative Open Access monographs; Peter Suber (Harvard University, Berkman Center for Internet & Society), one of the foremost theorists of Open Access; Augusta Rohrbach (author of Thinking Outside the Book), a scholar of book culture embedded in a world of digital communications; and Matthew K. Gold (CUNY Graduate Center), who, with the team on the Manifold project, is transforming scholarly publications into living digital works.

The event is cosponsored by Academic Book Week, a program of the UK-based Academic Book of the Future project.

There are two parallel streams of technological and cultural change that drive the debate over how to publish the best scholarship and in the best way: the model for access to scholarship and the format or process for “publishing.”

Opening Access: The Reinvention of the Academic Book
When: November 10; 2:00 pm Central/3:00 pm Eastern
Where: Google+ Hangouts on Air

smith andrewIt is National Peanut Butter Month. Who knows why. Probably Skippy and Jif paid for the next twenty years of November. Anyway, we’ll play along. Let’s salute the pioneers who mixed a sneered-at pea for poor people with sugar, oil, and a few things no one can identify, and produced a lunchtime staple.

I myself carried peanut butter sandwiches to grade school at least 4,000 times. I never exactly enjoyed this lunch entree. Peanut butter does not age well in a brown paper bag. You need it straight out of the jar for maximum flavor and viscosity. Nonetheless, it gets you through a grueling afternoon of phonics and what my grandmother called “The New Math.”

Today the blog throws it back to the dawn of industrialization, when a legume once considered worthy only for drunks and slaves began a journey into the everyday American diet. Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea is a far-seeing micro-history of the only food that dares to partner with Cracker Jack in popular song. Andrew F. Smith highlights how peanuts teamed with economic distress, wartime conditions, and health trends to transform our culinary landscape. Chock-full of photographs, advertisements, and peanut recipes, this entertaining and enlightening volume is a testament to the culinary potential and lasting popularity of the goober pea.

BeckS15Daisy Turner, the shotgun-wielding centenarian, was someone Jane Beck was anxious to meet.

Beck, the Executive Director Emeritus and Founder of the Vermont Folklife Center, recounted her first encounter with Daisy Turner on the Vermont PBS program Connect.

“First and foremost, she was a storyteller,” Beck told Connect host Fran Stoddard. “The ‘Turner Narrative,’ is full of what I call ‘touchstone stories’; key stories, pivotal moments, that are surrounded by emotion.”

Jane Beck, author of Daisy Turner’s Kin, found in this Vermonter a living history of the African American experience.

“This is a way of understanding and of bridging differences,” Beck said. “If you listen to stories it’s a common denominator. Everybody likes stories.”

BusselF15Robert Bussel is a professor of history and director of the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. He answered some questions about his book Fighting for Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship.

Q: What is “Total Person Unionism?”

Robert Bussel: In their approach to trade unionism, Harold Gibbons and Ernest Calloway insisted that workers were both economic and social beings. Although unions were justifiably concerned about conditions on the job and fighting to improve them, Gibbons and Calloway regarded “the other sixteen hours” workers spent in their communities as equally important. In their view, if the quality of life in one’s community was sub-standard, unions were failing to meet the vital civic, social, and psychological needs of their members as “total persons.” They also saw the opportunity for newly powerful unions to help workers assume an expanded social role beyond the confines of their workplaces.

Gibbons and Calloway believed that the expertise workers gained in their role as unionists could be applied to their lives as citizens in their communities. By establishing a “community stewards” program in the 1950s and a “trade union oriented war on the slums” in the 1960s, they created vehicles that allowed rank-and-file Teamsters to exercise what Calloway described as “full functional citizenship.” Using their shop floor experience of how to use power, pressure, and negotiation to win victories for workers, they applied this knowledge to address major issues in their communities such as transportation, housing, education, public health, juvenile delinquency, and racial injustice. Continue reading

UPW-Logo-2015As an early kickoff to University Press Week (November 8th – 14th), two UIP staff members are participating in an informative conversation about publishing with an academic press.

Daniel Nasset, acquisitions editor, and Michael Roux, marketing manager, will give brief presentations on their roles at the University of Illinois Press on Friday, November 6 on the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus.

Discussion will focus on the connection between acquisitions and marketing, and how understanding this relationship can assist authors in establishing and maintaining a productive working relationship with an academic press.

Craig Koslofsky (History; Germanic Languages & Literatures) and Carol Symes (History; Medieval Studies), OVCR External Grants Faculty Advisors, and Maria Gillombardo, OVCR External Funding Coordinator, will facilitate the session.

Building a Relationship with an Academic Press
Friday, November 6th
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

Please RSVP to Kelley Frazier: or 333–6771.