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“Judy McCulloh encouraged my work on country music when I was a graduate student at Illinois in the early 1980s. It meant so much to have her support at a time when few scholars took country music seriously. I am glad to be able to honor her legacy.”
- Joli Jensen, Professor Emerita of Media Studies, University of Tulsa
“I have so much respect for Judy McCulloh and her work at U of I Press, along with gratitude for the personal assistance she provided when I was preparing my own manuscript.”
- Michael F. Scully, Ph.D. American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, and author of The Never-Ending Revival: Rounder Records and the Folk Alliance (University of Illinois Press, 2008)
“Judy invited me and offered constant encouragement to write what turned out to be my first book, Bluegrass Breakdown, published in the Music in American Life series and she introduced me to the discipline of Folklore.”
- Robert S. Cantwell, author of author of Bluegrass Breakdown: The Making of the Old Southern Sound (University of Illinois Press, 2003)
“The press has given so many opportunities to emerging scholars, Judy McCulloh and Laurie Matheson have been so great to work with, and Bruno Nettl is such a nice person and supportive senior scholar that I'm happy to contribute.”
- – Helen Rees, Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the World Music Center, University of California, Los Angeles, and editor of Lives in Chinese Music (University of Illinois Press, 2009)
“Bruno Nettl was a great supporter of my early career and is an inspirational colleague and leader our field.”
- Anne Rasmussen, Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology, William & Mary
“I met Bruno when I was a junior in college. He was my music librarian. He became a mentor AND HE WON’T STOP BEING ONE. Forever grateful.”
- Arthur Lieb, Retired Executive, Library of Congress
“Bruno is my rock. I still go back to him all the time when I need to be set straight about music, remember the many sides of an issue, or just reacquaint myself with what is fundamental.”
- Michael Tenzer, Professor of Music, University of British Columbia
“Bruno Nettl has been a cherished mentor throughout my career; I would like to honor him and help young scholars.”
- Anna Schultz, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities, University of Chicago
“We believe supporting the University of Illinois Press in its commitment to excellence, diversity, and equality.”
- Gayle Magee, Professor, School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Jeffery Magee, Professor, School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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The Darlene Clark Hine African American History Fund

The mission of the Darlene Clark Hine African American History Fund is to continue the legacy of Dr. Hine’s commitment to mentorship and scholarship by supporting Black studies publications at Illinois. Contributions to this fund will support the Press’s premier Black studies list, which has expanded and enriched the field of Black studies and helps to build a greater understanding of the African American experience in its myriad dimensions. Dr. Hine is a prolific author, a National Humanities Medalist, and a teacher and mentor to many. Darlene has been instrumental to the growth and success of UIP’s Black studies program, particularly through her work on The New Black Studies Series, which she coedits with Dwight A. McBride. However, “Darlene’s influence on our Black studies publishing program can be seen well beyond the series,” says senior acquisitions editor Dawn Durante, “in the breadth of the Press’s commitment to African American history and culture and particularly African American women’s and gender studies.” We are grateful to Darlene for allowing us to honor her with this fund, and we invite you to join us in building resources to sustain the work of the next generation of Black studies scholars.

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Donor Dollars in Action

We can’t thank our donors enough for making it possible to achieve our mission of spreading new scholarship. The last year has been exceptional, and our donors enabled the publication of several notable titles. As a token of our appreciation, we’d like to put the spotlight on a few specific funds that made this phenomenal year possible.

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The Judith McCulloh Endowment for American Music

WHEN UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS PRESS acquisitions editor Judy McCulloh launched the Music in American Life series in 1972 with Archie Green’s book Only a Miner, her dream was to build a series that would be capacious enough to encompass all of the dimensions of music in the American context. “A desert isle” series, she called it, meaning that if one were marooned with only the books in the series, that would be sufficient to tell the story of American music. Forty-five years later, with more than two hundred volumes published, the series continues to grow into Judy’s vision.

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Bruno Nettl Fund Reaches the Endowment Level

Good news! The Bruno Nettl Fund for Ethnomusicology permanent endowment level of $25,000 was reached. The future of publishing groundbreaking, exceptional scholarship that contributes to diversity in the field is assured thanks to the generosity of our donors.

The first two recipients of the Bruno Nettl Endowment for Ethnomusicology subvention have been selected: both Gamelan Girls: Gender, Childhood, and Politics in Balinese Music Ensembles by Sonja Lynn Downing, and Island Gospel: Pentecostal Music and Identity in Jamaica and the United States by Melvin L. Butler will be published in our fall 2019 season. Stay tuned for more information about these two exciting titles, which exemplify the spirit of this endowment.

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