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University of Illinois Press Publishing Symposium

February 15, 2019, 8:30am-6:00pm

Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor, 909 West Illinois St., Urbana, IL


Videos from the 2019 Publishing Symposium



Laurie Matheson, Director, University of Illinois Press

Cynthia Oliver, Department of Dance and Associate Vice Chancellor - Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields

  Behind the Curtain: Demystifying Scholarly Publishing
Presenter: Laurie Matheson

We open our inaugural publishing symposium with a "soup to nuts" overview of scholarly publishing. The session will include plentiful tips on preparing a proposal, approaching an editor, and navigating the peer review and revision process; advice on revising a dissertation; and insights on the current, rapidly evolving publishing landscape.

  Building a Relationship with a University Press

Join us for a panel discussion about building a relationship with a university press. Panelists will present on and answer questions about different aspects of the publishing process including editing, design, production, and marketing.


Jennifer Comeau, Assistant Director and EDP Manager, U of I Press
Heather Gernenz, Publicity Manager, U of I Press
Dustin Hubbart, Art Director, U of I Press
Michael Roux, Director of Marketing, U of I Press

  Keynote Address: #PublishingWhileBlack: Reflections on "Diversity," Antiracism, and Equity

Speaker: Jill Petty, Former Editor for South End Press, Beacon Press, and Northwestern University Press

In this wide-ranging yet personal talk, editor, activist, and educator Jill Petty will reflect on her 15 + year career in social justice publishing, and share assessments of efforts to "diversify" publishing and other knowledge production industries. Petty will touch on her recent move away from traditional/corporate book publishing, and explore her engagements with explicitly radical houses; the former South End Press editor/publisher now consults for Haymarket Books. She will also discuss her new communications post with the Kellogg Foundation, a philanthropic organization that centers racial equity and community health.



Co-Sponsors: OVCR Office of Research Advising and Project Development, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, IPRH, Center for Advanced Study, and the Unit for Criticism