Abraham Lincoln Association honors new president

The Abraham Lincoln Association (ALA) honored Kathryn Harris as president at their symposium banquet in Springfield on February 12, 2016, the 207th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

Harris is both the first woman and first African American appointed to the position. Prior to her appointment as ALA president she served as the director of library services at the President Lincoln Memorial Library and Museum.

She was interviewed by Illinois Public Media to discuss the importance of libraries. Listen to the interview, here.

University of Illinois Press adds Production Editor

The University of Illinois Press Journals Department is pleased to welcome Kristen Dean-Grossman to its staff as Production Editor.

Kristen grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and received her undergraduate degree in English from Mizzou. She also holds a Master’s in English from the University of Illinois. She enjoys sending time with her two grown daughters, Gillian and Cecily, and her husband. Brent. She also enjoys traveling to the mountains of North Carolina, listening to music (especially rock and blues), giving her dog Eula the attention she demands, and wishes she was able to spend more time writing poetry.


Welcome, Kristen!

Women in Print

The following is from Kate Kemball, a production editor in scholarly journals at the University of Illinois Press. She attended the lecture introducing Women in Print and shares her thoughts below:
Some Reflections Upon Marriage
Women in Print is a new peer-reviewed e-book series from the University of Illinois Press that provides high-quality facsimiles of rare books that can be read online or downloaded to e-readers for free. The series focuses on compelling literature that is not yet widely used in order to broaden understanding of women authors and their place in intellectual history, as well as the history of books and printing. The Women in Print series editor is Andrew S. G. Turyn, Endowed Professor and Director of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library Professor Valerie Hotchkiss, who welcomes proposals for primary source e-editions to the series.

A UIUC Emeritus Professor of English, John Dussinger, introduced the first book, Some Reflections upon Marriage, Mary Astell’s essay on the horrors of marriage which was published in London in 1700 and now resides in the vault of the University of Illinois’ Rare Book and Manuscript Library. He provided an introduction to the book for students, as well as notes and a bibliography for further reading. In a video “virtual visit” to the rare book vault, rare print librarian Caroline Szylowicz described the provenance of the book, one of only ten known copies, and showed off its antique pages and handcrafted calfskin binding.

For more information about Women in Printhttp://womeninprint.press.illinois.edu/index.html#project

To view the Women in Print website:

News From the Music and the Moving Image Conference

By: Ariel Marx

The Music and the Moving Image Conference X was held at the New York University School of Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions on May 29th-31st, 2015.

The topic of this year’s conference was Psychology of Film Music, and featured keynote speaker Siu-Lan Tan, who presented “Psychology of Film Music: Framing Our Intuition.” Tan has been at Kalamazoo College since 1998, teaching various courses in developmental psychology, psychology of music, and creativity. Her research focuses on listeners’ perceptions of musical form and unity, graphic representations of music, and the role of sound in multimedia.

Over the weekend more than one hundred respected film music scholars gave presentations of their topic-related papers, including titles such as “Down Will Come Baby Cradle and All: Lullabies and the Perception of Childhood and Fear in Film” and “Can a Soundtrack Lie?: Musical Ruse in Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye.”

Additionally, the conference inspired the creation of a group of film music scholars and research-based psychologists to reach across the disciplines and facilitate an open dialogue between fields of study. This cross-discipline group will allow for meaningful collaboration between psychologists and film music scholars and will help to broaden topics and methodologies in future research. If you are interested in joining the group, please get in touch with Music and the Moving Image: filmmusicpsychology@gmail.com

Subscription information can be found athttp://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/mmi.html

Some Friday Fun: Remembering the First Issue of the Journal of Aesthetic Education.

The inaugural issue of JAE was published in the spring of 1966. In it, an article that discussed the government initiatives to beautify America, for which its author Thomas Munro largely credited “Lady Bird” Johnson. After the article, “‘Beautification’ Reconsidered”, was published, Bess Abell, the First Lady’s Social Secretary, contacted the Press in thanks.The letter from July 8, 1966, reads:

Dear Professor Smith:

Mrs. Johnson asked me to thank you for giving her the opportunity to see your new magazine and especially for pointing out the article “’Beautification’ Reconsidered.”

With gratitude and best wishes,
Bess Abell
Social Secretary


We thought this was a neat artifact from the University of Illinois Press’s history and we’re glad to be able to share it!