For many, summer is a time for road trips; and this issue of The Callout takes us far afield from our offices at 1325 South Oak Street in Champaign. Robert Lemon tracks food in motion, as taco trucks transport Mexican food and culture to non-Mexican spaces. Michael Silvers whisks us away to the sere uplands of northeastern Brazil and its drought-inspired music; while Jake Johnson perambulates the paths between Mormon history and American musical theatre. We salute over 25 years of publications in one of our keystone series, the Asian American Experience, and celebrate award recognition for recent titles in Illinois history and communications fields. We also chronicle the participation of nearly half of our staff in the annual meeting of the Association of University Presses, held in Detroit in June.
This issue provides a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of the publishing industry, as Alexa Colella and her colleagues from the iSchool graduate program share their efforts to bring powerful algorithms governing the search and discoverability of scholarly content into better alignment with the lexicons and values of the humanities.
Meanwhile, closer to home, we share news of our vibrant internship program, and of coming fall events: our Fall University of Illinois Press Publishing Symposium on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago on September 19; and a dynamic and multifaceted set of events around the history and current practice of student activism on the UIUC campus in early October. We also report on recent initiatives made possible with funding from our generous friends and donors.
So whether you are on the road or settled into a lawn chair in your back yard or local park, we wish you a happy summer and happy reading!
-Laurie Matheson, DMA
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