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The University of Virginia Press calls Charlottesville home, and like all of our city's residents we have been swept up in the events of the past week—some tragic, others inspiring, all of it historically significant. The UVA Press has a long tradition of publishing vital scholarship in the fields of Southern history and African-American studies. Following are some titles that we hope will illuminate the discussion coming out of the events here in Charlottesville.
LISTEN: 'Key to the Door' Editor Interviewed on NPR
Despite the University of Virginia's many distinguished African American faculty and alumni, the first black students' acceptance into the university was hard won and, not surprisingly, makes for a compelling and inspiring story. A Key to the Door presents this remarkable history through essays both by historians and by actual participants. Coeditor Maurice Apprey joined NPR's Kojo Nnamdi to discuss the book and shared stories of these pioneers.
The U.S. and China: Is Conflict Inevitable?
In the current issue of the New Yorker, Ian Buruma surveys four new books that address the threat of conflict with China. Highly critical of some of the concepts being offered, Buruma reserves much of his praise for Amitai Ezioni's Avoiding War with China: Two Nations One World, which he feels provides "a more concrete idea of how China should be accommodated."
J.B. Jackson Prize for Three UVA Press Authors
The Foundation for Landscape Studies has announced the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize recipients for 2017, and on the list are three books published by the UVA Press: National Park Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape by Timothy Davis; Cartooning the Landscape by Chip Sullivan; and Easy On, Easy Off: The Urban Pathology of America's Small Towns by Jack Williams.
UVA Press Authors at Virginia Festival of the Book 2017
Book lovers are gearing up to make their annual descent on Charlottesville for the Virginia Festival of the Book.As usual, many UVA Press authors will be taking part. Click the link for a complete schedule of their events.
Etzioni in the Daily Beast
When, only a few months ago, we announced Amitai Eztioni's Avoiding War with China as part of our spring list, the world was a different place. Since then, a new adminstration has moved into the White House. The Daily Beast has run a fascinating—and suddenly even more timely—excerpt from Eztioni's book. Read it here.
Many years in the making, Buildings of Wisconsin is the latest volume in the celebrated Buildings of the United States series. The book draws on the expertise of more than twenty contributors, and nowhere is its collaborative spirit more apparent than in the volume introduction—fourteen essays written by a who's who of the state's eminent historians. The brief excerpts that follow, from four of these introductory essays, offer a sampling of the book's content, from the vernacular to the spectacular.
Trump and the Easy Analogy
As the Trump adminstration takes us into new terrain at a breathless pace—challenging our ideas about how a president should exercise his powers, or even our notions of simple decorum—many are looking at other world leaders, both past and present, to gain perspective. In a thought-provoking interview with WNYC's On the Media, John Patrick Leary says that many of these comparisons rely on dangerous cultural stereotypes
The Religious Vote: An American Tradition
Pollsters and election analysts will tell you that Trump's upset victory over Hillary Clinton was partly due to his capturing the evangelical vote. The impact of organized religion extends past the voting booth, however, influencing policy on both the state and federal levels. One might think this dynamic is a relatively recent phenomenon, but politicians have courted, and listened to, clergy and faith-based voters since the earliest days of the nation. Historian Spencer McBride takes a fascinating look at this political relationship in his new book, Pulpit and Nation: Clergymen and Politics of Revolutionary America.
The Art of the Landscape
Chip Sullivan’s Cartooning the Landscape brings the comic strip and the study of our landscape together in one dazzling book. A professor of landscape architecture at UC Berkeley, Sullivan stresses artistic rendering as a path to understanding our landscapes. This encompasses fine art but also the uniquely flexible medium of the comic strip. On top of his strikingly original visual approach, Sullivan is a spellbinding storyteller, offering tales ranging from a reimagining of Hadrian’s Elysian Fields to an inside look at the creation of the model landscapes of King Kong. We had plenty of questions after reading Chip’s book, and he was kind enough to provide some answers in the following interview.