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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


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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