Author Archives: michael

The Chicago Black Renaissance was a time of growth and innovation for Chicago’s Black artistic community. During the early to mid 20th century, Chicago was the place where poets and musicians like Gwendolyn Brooks and Nat King Cole flourished. Here are … Continue reading

Headed to NWSA this week? So are we! Here are five things you need know:  UIP is having a reception to celebrate our new series: Transformations: Womanist, Feminist, and Indigenous Studies edited by AnaLouise Keating. Join us in the exhibit … Continue reading

We are proud to announce the launch of Transformations, a new series at UIP dedicated to innovative visions of scholarship in womanism, feminism, and indigeneity. Series editor AnaLouise Keating, a professor of women’s studies at Texas Woman’s University, envisioned a … Continue reading

November 9-12, UIP will be attending the annual American Studies Association conference in Chicago. Make sure to stop by our booth in the exhibit hall and check out these great books and journals! 1. I Fight for a Living: Boxing and … Continue reading

In 2018, the University of Illinois Press will celebrate its centennial. Plans are coming together for events throughout the year in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield. But you don’t have to wait until 2018 to celebrate with us. Stop by the … Continue reading

In this latest installment in our Authors on Issues series, Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson, co-editors of the edited collection Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism, write about how employers use racism to divide workers.  What do Employers … Continue reading

Here are 5 essential books that explore the sociopolitical and historical contexts of jazz music.   1. Jazz Internationalism By John Lowney “Indispensable to African American literary and cultural studies, jazz studies, and internationalist leftist studies. Its discussion of how jazz … Continue reading

NWSA and University of Illinois Press are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 First Book Prize! Congratulations to Nicosia M. Shakes who has won first prize for her book  “Gender, Race and Performance Space: Women’s Activism in Jamaican … Continue reading

This fall, University of Illinois Press celebrates new books published in the Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World Series. Since 2009, University of Illinois has been a partner in the multi-press initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, along with the University Press … Continue reading

Lex Tate is an adjunct lecturer in journalism and advertising at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and served as associate director of the University of Illinois Office for University Relations. She recently answered some questions about her book An Illini Place: … Continue reading