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2022-11-17
Vernon Burton receives lifetime achievement award from Southern Historical Association
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2022-10-18
David Marchick: Author Events
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2022-08-29
Eric Brandt named as UVA Press Director

The University of Virginia Press is proud to announce the appointment of Eric Brandt as its new Director. Eric is a widely respected publishing professional with a long and versatile career in both scholarly and trade publishing. He began his career managing publicity at Columbia University Press after receiving his...

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2022-08-11
#Charlottesville: Five Years Later
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Five years ago, on August 11th and 12th 2017, hate groups descended on Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, seeking to terrorize the community and garner attention for their contemptible views. The deadly result reverberated around the country and the world. Ever since, people have tried to understand the events...

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2022-07-13
David Marchick Named Dean of American University’s Kogod School of Business
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UVA Press extends our congratulations to David Marchick, coauthor of the forthcoming The Peaceful Transfer of Power: An Oral History of America’s Presidential Transitions, on his appointment as the new Dean of American University’s Kogod School of Business. Marchick is the former director of the Partnership for Public Service’s...

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2022-06-23
Abortion and Religious Liberty
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Excerpted from R. Marie Griffith’s Making the World Over: Confronting Racism, Misogyny, and Xenophobia in U.S. History

"I really do feel like the work and time we spend avoiding having difficult conversations is so much more wasteful and painful and time-consuming than actually having the difficult conversation."
-Shonda Rimes

Abortion, it isn’t...

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2022-06-21
Ready for Freedom
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2022-06-20
Before Juneteenth: Celebrating Emancipation at Smithfield Plantation
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Juneteenth is our newest national holiday, and today it is celebrated by people of all races throughout the United States. This is the way it should be. Juneteenth should not be seen as a Black holiday; it is a national commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States....

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2022-06-19
A NOTE ON JUNETEENTH

“You can’t give me the right to be a human being. I’m born with it,” said an elderly, formerly enslaved man to the White folklorist and radio show host John Henry Faulk. Faulk had been explaining to the man “what a different kind of White man I was,” telling the...

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2022-05-27
We Mourn with Uvalde

Fifteen years ago — on April 17, 2007 — a lone gunman killed thirty-two students and faculty members at Virginia Tech. Blacksburg is less than 200 miles from Charlottesville but the university communities joined hands in grief. Thomas Kapsidelis, a journalist, and at the time a fellow at Virginia Humanities,...

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2022-05-16
Capture the Flag
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This is the only surviving British flag of the several captured by Bernardo de Gálvez during the American Revolutionary War. The flag was the only one that he kept for himself and was finally placed in his family’s mausoleum in the church of Macharaviaya, the Gálvez family’s hometown, in Andalusia....

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2022-04-26
ROTUNDA Releases First Digitized Collection of Frederick Law Olmsted Papers

University of Virginia Press announces the release of a new digitized version of The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted on the bicentennial of Olmsted’s birth. Through a partnership with the National Association of Olmsted Parks (NAOP) and ROTUNDA, the University of Virginia Press’s digital imprint, the searchable...

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2022-03-30
A Victory for Emmett Till’s Family and Us All
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President Biden signed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Bill into law on March 30, 2022, making lynching a federal hate crime. As I write these words it is hard to believe it would take one hundred years since anti-lynching legislation was first proposed to become the law of the land. The...

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2022-03-17
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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Below, Patrick Griffin, co-editor, with Francis D. Cogliano, of Ireland and America: Empire, Revolution, and Sovereignty, reflects on the origins and meaning of this celebration.

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St. Patrick’s Day is all about connection. And disconnection.

Although the Irish have been celebrating the day for centuries, often with a great deal of drinking...

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2022-02-21
Happy Presidents' Day! Celebrate by Reading an Exclusive Preview of FEMALE GENIUS: Eliza Harriot and George Washington at the Dawn of the Constitution by Mary Sarah Bilder
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I met Eliza Harriot—I did not know that was her name—many years ago. Over the years as I have studied the convention, one entry in George Washington’s diary from May 1787 nagged at me. The convention was supposed to start on Monday, May 14. Washington arrived in Philadelphia the day...

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2022-02-08
Stanley Hauerwas, author of Fully Alive, Receives 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Christian Ethics
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As Duke Divinity School reports, The Society of Christian Ethics recently announced that Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law and author most recently of FULLY ALIVE: The Apocalyptic Humanism of Karl Barth, has been awarded the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

With permission, we have included...

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2022-01-16
Martin Luther King., Jr., Workers' Rights, and Domestic Labor, An Original Post by Emily K. Abel and Margaret K. Nelson, Coauthors of LIMITED CHOICES
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2022-01-12
In Memoriam: Jennifer Steenshorne

The University of Virginia Press shares in the loss felt by many in the scholarly and documentary editing community at the news of Jennifer Steenshorne’s passing. Many of us were privileged to work with her on several flagship projects, including the select edition of the Papers of John Jay and...

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2021-12-03
Remembering Stephen Sondheim: An Original Post by Sharon Aronofsky Weltman, Author of VICTORIANS ON BROADWAY
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Thanks to Sharon Aronofsky Weltman, author of VICTORIANS ON BROADWAY: Literature, Adaptation, and the Modern American Musical, for this original reflection on the life and work of Stephen Sondheim.

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On Friday after Thanksgiving, I never shop. I’ve never been a Black Friday shopper, not even before the pandemic made the...

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2021-11-22
Lessons from Virginia: A New Blog Post by David J. Toscano, author of FIGHTING POLITICAL GRIDLOCK
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We are pleased to offer this original blog post by David J. Toscano, author of FIGHTING POLITICAL GRIDLOCK: How States Shape Our Nation and Our Lives with a foreword by Senator Mark R. Warner. You can read more in the Falls Church News-Press here. 

Lessons from Virginia

As the former Democratic leader in the...

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2021-11-09
Celebrating UP Week (#KeepUp) with Grace Mitchell Tada and Walter Hood, Coeditors of BLACK LANDSCAPES MATTER
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UVA Press, a longtime member of the Association of University Presses (AUPresses), is proud to celebrate University Press Week (UP Week). The theme for Tuesday is: SURPRISE!

To celebrate, we asked Walter Hood and Grace Mitchell Tada, coeditors of BLACK LANDSCAPES MATTER, to comment on the success of their book. We thank them for...

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2021-10-29
Honoring Linwood Holton, Virginia's First GOP Governor in the Twentieth Century and Giant of Civil Rights
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We share today in mourning the loss of Linwood Holton, Virginia's First GOP Governor in the Twentieth Century and Giant of Civil Rights, who died yesterday at 98.

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

"Linwood Holton, vanguard of two-party competition in once solidly Democratic Virginia as its first Republican governor of the 20th century and whose...

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2021-10-19
Congratulations to Julie Bargmann, Winner of the Inaugural Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize!
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Our heartiest congratulations to Julie Bargmann for being selected as the inaugural winner of the Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize for her vision and persistent in reclaiming “fallow” lands—those damaged during the industrial economy and since. “Julie Bargmann is a true pioneer in her field but also has instructed...

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2021-10-18
Why the Filibuster Must Go: Op-Ed by Daniel Wirls, Author of THE SENATE
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We are pleased to offer this original op-ed by Daniel Wirls, author of the new book THE SENATE: From White Supremacy to Governmental Gridlock, out this month. 

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Early October’s donnybrook in D.C. over, among other things, raising the debt ceiling, was yet another demonstration of the danger and dysfunction of the Senate filibuster, no...

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2021-09-24
Behind The Eyes of Tammy Faye: Margaret Grubiak on Heritage USA
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We are delighted to offer this blog post by Margaret Grubiak, author of MONUMENTAL JESUS: Landscapes of Faith and Doubt in Modern America, on the new film The Eyes of Tammy Faye and Heritage, USA in Fort Mill, South Carolina. 

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In the new film The Eyes of Tammy Faye, actress Jessica Chastain portrays Tammy Faye Messner...

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2021-09-10
Virgil, quick, come see, there goes Robert E. Lee!
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Virginia’s removal of the Robert E. Lee statue from Monument Avenue in Richmond this week made national newsAdam H. Domby, associate professor of history at Auburn University and author of The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory, here offers his take on the monument’s history and...

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2021-08-10
David Sewell, Manager of Digital Initiatives at UVA Press, Wins the 2021 ADE Lyman H. Butterfield Award

We are delighted to announce that David Sewell, Manager of Digital Initiatives and the Rotunda Imprint at the University of Virginia Press, has won The Association for Documentary Editing's 2021 Lyman H. Butterfield Award. The award, presented in memory of Lyman Henry Butterfield, whose editing work included contributions to The Papers of Thomas...

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2021-07-15
SHEAR 2021: A Q&A with Frank Cogliano
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This month, right in time for SHEAR, UVA Press is proud to release Ireland and America: Empire, Revolution, and Sovereignty, edited by Patrick Griffin and Francis D. Cogliano, and featuring contributions by Rachel Banke, T. H. Breen, Trevor Burnard, Nicholas Canny, Christa Dierksheide, Matthew P. Dziennik, S. Max Edelson, Annette Gordon-Reed,...

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2021-07-01
Remembering William B. Robertson, Longtime Black Republican and "Doer of Great Deeds"

We share in mourning the loss of William "Bill" Robertson, the first African American to serve as an aide to a Virginia governor. He subsequently served in five presidential administrations. Before his passing, Robertson also was finishing work on his memoir LIFTING EVERY VOICE: My Journey from Segregated Roanoke to the Corridors of...

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2021-06-15
Celebrating Pride Month: An Essay by Ula Klein, Author of Sapphic Crossings
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2021-06-11
Hemingway, The Garden of Eden, and Authenticity: A Post by Len Gutkin
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“I hate the myth of Hemingway. And the reason I hate the myth of Hemingway: It obscures the man. And the man is much more interesting than the myth.” So says Michael Katakis, the manager of the Hemingway estate, toward the very beginning of Ken Burns’s and Lynn Novick’s (excellent)...

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2021-06-09
Rotunda Imprint Seeking User Feedback for its American History Collection

Rotunda, UVA Press's digital imprint, is seeking feedback on the user experience of its American History Collection. If you have used this collection* for research, school, or personal interest, please consider taking a few minutes to fill in this survey, as it will greatly help develop these resources so they...

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2021-05-08
Mourning the Passing of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: A Tribute by Susan Herrington
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2021-04-19
Join Governor Chuck Robb at Virtual Events in Celebration of His New Memoir In the Arena
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2021-04-12
In Remembrance of the Firing on Fort Sumter
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by Clayton J. Butler, Ph.D., Editorial Fellow at UVA Press

April 12, 2021 marks 160 years to the day since the firing on Fort Sumter, the opening salvo of the Civil War. It can be tempting to think of that stretch of time as a massive gulf, practically unbridgeable—at least in...

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2021-02-26
UVA Press Announces New Series "The Black Soldier in War and Society"

February 2021; Charlottesville, VA: The University of Virginia Press is pleased to announce “The Black Soldier in War and Society: New Narratives and Critical Perspectives,” a new series for innovative scholarship on the Black military experience to highlight the diverse and complex experiences of African-descended people and to explore the implications...

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2021-02-12
Interview with Dr. Adrian Brettle, author of COLOSSAL AMBITIONS: Confederate Planning for a Post-Civil War World
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In July 2020, UVA Press was proud to publish Dr. Adrian Brettle’s debut book: Colossal Ambitions: Confederate Planning for a Post-Civil War World. Recently, Dr. Brettle’s book was named a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, awarded annually to the best scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln, the American...

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2021-02-02
Celebrating Black History Month - An Excerpt from RACISM IN AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE by Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole
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2021-01-21
Rival Visions vs. Insurrections: The Challenge of an Inaugural Address in a Time of Crisis
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We are pleased to offer this guest blog post by Dr. Dustin Gish, coeditor with Andrew Bibby of RIVAL VISIONS: How Jefferson and His Contemporaries Defined the Early American Republic to be published in February. 

Rival Visions vs. Insurrections: The Challenge of an Inaugural Address in a Time of Crisis

This past week in America we have...

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2021-01-20
Hopes, Fears, and Prophecies. An Essay for Inauguration Day by Historians Robert M. S. McDonald and Peter S. Onuf
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We are pleased to offer this essay for Inauguration Day by Robert M. S. McDonald and Peter S. Onuf, editors of the new book Revolutionary Prophecies: The Founders and America’s Future. Enjoy! 

Hopes, Fears, and Prophecies

Do these seem like extraordinary, unprecedented times?  Did the 2020 election and its seemingly endless aftermath expose and...

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2021-01-18
Honoring Dr. King: Creating the Path to Non-Violence
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We join everyone celebrating MLK Day with this blog post from Peter Eisenstadt, author of the new book Against the Hounds of Hell: A Life of Howard Thurman (February 2021).   

Honoring Dr. King: Creating the Path to Non-Violence    

Every four years, the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is celebrated about two...

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2021-01-04
Sandra Rebok on Bringing Enlightenment Science into Practice
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2020-12-15
Booker T. Washington Has a New Charlottesville Connection: A Digital Edition of His Papers
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Booker T. Washington, who emerged from slavery to become one of the leading African American intellectuals around the turn of the 20th century, had ties to Charlottesville that eventually led to a city park being named after him.

A new connection between Washington and this area will be forged virtually via...

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2020-11-30
Celebrating UP Week with Tom Kapsidelis, author of After Virginia Tech
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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...

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2020-11-03
Please Vote!
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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...

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2020-10-15
What Makes Good Government? A Conversation with History Editor Nadine Zimmerli and Author Christopher Pearl
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2020-09-01
We Have Come to Praise Globalization, Not Bury It
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UVA Press author Adrian Brettle, whose book COLOSSAL AMBITIONS: Confederate Planning for a Post–Civil War World was published this July, writes about the history of globalization and the dangers of it being under attack.

We live at a time when globalization is under attack, blamed for both enabling the apparently dangerous...

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2020-08-24
Virtual Book Tour: Daniel Mendelsohn Discusses Three Rings
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We are delighted to announce dates for Daniel Mendelsohn's virtual book tour around THREE RINGS: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate (September 8). Tune in this fall to hear Mendelsohn discuss his new book, of which Kirkus in a starred review said "[a] luminous narrative . . . this slender,...

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2020-07-22
Echoes from the Revolution: Why the States and How they Govern Matter
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Christopher R. Pearl, author of Conceived in Crisisfinds echoes of the past in our current moment. 

I, like many of you, planned to be at SHEAR this year, listening to new ideas shared by colleagues in panels and over a cold pint, but, sadly, we can’t do that. Instead we are home,...

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2020-07-17
UVA Press Publishes Brown Library's Digital Publications Initiative's First Born-Digital Scholarly Monograph
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2020-07-14
UVA Press Announces New Series "The Revolutionary Age"

The University of Virginia Press is pleased to announce “The Revolutionary Age,” a new series designed to bring a fresh and international perspective to the study of the American Revolution within the broader context of the Age of Revolution.

Frank Cogliano and Patrick Griffin will guide this new publishing venture, which...

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2020-07-13
Announcing UVA Press Reading Club - Virginia Pathways and People
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The University of Virginia Press is pleased to announce the new UVA Press Reading Club, which will feature themed books throughout the year at a 40% discounted rate. The 2020 theme, already underway, is Virginia Pathways and People and is geared towards all those interested in the flora, fauna, and people of Virginia....

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2020-06-22
Barbados Diary Joins the Digital Papers of George Washington
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We’re pleased to announce the addition of the recently published edition of George Washington’s Barbados Diary, edited by Alicia K. Anderson and Lynn A. Price, to The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition, and to offer this wonderfully annotated text free of charge to interested readers through the middle of August.

George Washington's...

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2020-06-19
So long, Aunt Jemima (1889-2020)
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UVA Press author Maurice M. Manring, whose book Slave in a Box: The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima was published in 1998, writes about his experience researching and writing about the figure of Aunt Jemima. You can read more from Manring in this article published in The Associated Press on 6/19/20.

About 25 years...

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2020-06-18
The Need for African American Studies to Make George Floyd a Visible Man
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UVA Press author Michael Lackey, whose book The Haverford Discussions: A Black Integrationist Manifesto for Racial Justice was published in 2013, reflects on the murder of George Floyd, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, systemic racism, and massive protests:

Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man has become increasingly more painful to teach. One of the most tragic scenes involves...

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2020-06-15
Three New Series Editors Join UVA Press's Longstanding Series on Jeffersonian America

The University of Virginia Press is pleased to announce that Charlene M. Boyer Lewis, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Robert G. Parkinson have joined existing Jeffersonian America series editors Peter S. Onuf and Andrew J. O’Shaughnessy to identify and publish the best new scholarship on the American republic’s formative decades.

Initially overseen by Peter...

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2020-06-12
On Entanglements and Viruses by Shane Graham
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We are pleased to offer this blog post from UVA Press author Shane Graham, whose book Cultural Entanglements: **Langston Hughes and the Rise of African and Caribbean Literature was published this May.

The COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge to my new book’s argument before it was even published, but the worldwide uprising...

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2020-05-06
Q&A with Winner of the New Academy Prize in Literature, Maryse Condé, and translator Nicole Simek
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As The New York Times Book Review writes of Maryse Condé in their review of her newly translated book The Belle Créole, "For the past half century, Condé has been chronicling the black diaspora in novels that are rollicking and scandalous, that examine gender and culture, class and religion, African and Caribbean society. She performs...

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2020-05-05
Niccole Leilanionapae'aina Coggins Coauthors Article on Inclusive Scholarly Publishing in the University Press Community

Published this week in UKSG Insights, "Towards inclusive scholarly publishing: developments in the university press community," coauthored by Niccole Leilanionapae‘aina Coggins, UVA Press Editorial, Design, and Production Coordinator and Assistant Project Editor, provides an overview of the ways in which the members of the Association of University Presses are working towards more inclusive practices in scholarly...

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2020-04-27
Announcing Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS) Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Iona College

Thanks to the generous support of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS) and the University of Virginia (UVA) Press are collaborating to launch a two-year post-doctoral residential fellowship, in any area of American studies from 1700 to 1900, at Iona College in New...

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2020-04-22
In Honor of Earth Day, A Post From Our Senior Acquiring Editor, Architecture and Environment, Boyd Zenner
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As the noted possum-philosopher Pogo bleakly commented from a trash-strewn Okefenokee Swamp on a 1970 poster announcing the first Earth Day, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

Fifty years on, evidence of the damage we humans have wrought upon the environment is everywhere around us: in rising seas,...

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2020-04-09
The Busiest Week That Never Was
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By Nadine Zimmerli, editor for history and social sciences

Last week was supposed to be my busiest yet since assuming the mantle of editor of history and social sciences here at UVa Press. I had been looking forward to attending my first Virginia Forum, on “Crafting History,” which—I’m given to understand—would...

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2020-04-06
University of Virginia Press Partners with the Darden School of Business on New Imprint

University of Virginia Press and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business have announced a publishing partnership to launch UVA Darden Business Publishing, an imprint of the University of Virginia Press. Through the partnership, UVA Press will publish books in print and digital editions under the auspices and imprint...

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