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We are pleased to offer this essay for Inauguration Day by historians Robert M. S. McDonald and Peter S. Onuf, editors of the new book Revolutionary Prophecies: The Founders and America’s Future.

Honoring Dr. King: Creating the Path to Non-Violence. A guest blog post from Peter Eisenstadt, author of the new book Against the Hounds of Hell: A Life of Howard Thurman (February 2021). 

A guest blog post by Dr. Dustin Gish, coeditor with Andrew Bibby of the new book RIVAL VISIONS: How Jefferson and His Contemporaries Defined the Early American Republic.

Putting Enlightenment Science into Practice: Humboldt, Jefferson, and the Transatlantic Fight against Smallpox. A guest post by Sandra Rebok, author of Humboldt and Jefferson: A Transatlantic Friendship of the Enlightenment.

We are delighted to offer the sixth installment in our new podcast series, "UVA Press Presents," via this interview with Walter Hood, MacArthur Fellow and Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley, and Grace Mitchell Tada, independent scholar, writer, and journalist, about their new book Black Landscapes Matter.

Last year, UVA Press was proud to publish Tom Kapsidelis’s After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings, which illuminates the experiences of the survivors of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre—then the deadliest to date—and other community members and portrays in depth their advocacy for reforms in gun safety, campus security, trauma recovery, and mental health over the past decade. Now this book is also available in paper, and the author has created study guide questions for college students and book club questions for general readers to ponder.

Happy University Press Week! This year’s theme is “Raise UP” which emphasizes the role that university presses play in elevating authors, subjects, and whole disciplines that bring new perspectives, ideas, and voices to readers around the globe.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Reverend Nancy Claire Essig, former Director of the University of Virginia Press. Most recently having served as the Minister at the Burkeville Presbyterian Church in Virginia, Essig had a long career in scholarly publishing starting in New York City and moving to Johns Hopkins University Press before retiring as Director of UVA Press in 2001.

Over 98 million U.S. citizens have already voted in this year’s presidential election. Many millions more will do so today. Voting has been central to U.S. democracy since the country’s inception, and the right to vote has been fought over and suppressed for various groups, most notably Black Americans, for just as long.

As the Editor for History, I am always gratified when UVA Press books illuminate the country’s past while also speaking to our present moment. A few months ago, Christopher Pearl’s Conceived in Crisis: The Revolutionary Creation of an American State appeared as part of our Early American Histories series, and his book’s insights into good governance appear deeply relevant as municipal, state, and national elections loom on the horizon and early voting is well underway.