Kress grant funds University of Michigan for Workshop on Guidelines for Describing Arts and Humanities Visual Resources

by Jonathan McGlone June 27, 2016

The University of Michigan Library and Press have received $10,000 from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to fund a workshop in fall 2016 focused on the development of guidelines for describing visual resources within digital publications. Textual description of visual resources is a requirement for accessible digital publications and fundamental to the discoverability and sustainability of visual content in the digital publishing ecosystem. The workshop will bring together professionals from the fields of art and art history, disability studies and accessibility, academic and museum publishing, and libraries, museums, and archives for a day-and-a-half workshop. Stakeholders, including partners from Benetech, a […]

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Celebrate Pride with UM Press

by Lauren Stachew June 23, 2016
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This month is the 47th annual LGBT Pride Month, which began in June 1969 to commemorate the Stonewall riots in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. This commemorative month not only celebrates sexual diversity and gender variance, but also increases visibility and emphasizes positivity and self-love in the LGBT community. Parades, marches, rallies, and commemorations are held across the world annually during this month. Performing Queer Latinidad by Ramón H. Rivera-Servera highlights the critical role that performance played in the development of Latina/o queer public culture in the United States during the 1990s and early 2000s, a period when the size and influence […]

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Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month with ‘Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba’

by Lauren Stachew June 14, 2016

June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month, and this year marks the tenth anniversary of its declaration, announced by the White House on June 6, 2006. There are roughly 2.5 million people in the U.S. of Caribbean-American heritage, and one of the largest populations of U.S. immigrants from the Caribbean are from Cuba. In 2015, the University of Michigan Press issued the 20th anniversary of the book Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba, edited by Ruth Behar. This anthology by Cuban and Cuban-American writers, artists, and scholars celebrates a new era of restored relations between Cuba and the U.S. Latin American Research Review […]

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June is African-American Music Appreciation Month: Celebrate with many titles from UM Press!

by Lauren Stachew June 7, 2016

This month is the 37th annual African-American Music Appreciation Month. Originally called ‘Black Music Month,’ Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea in 1979 to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the significance of black music. The group successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the month, and since then, African-American Music Appreciation Month has grown into a nationally celebrated and revered occasion, with events held annually across the country. The University of Michigan Press has many exciting titles that celebrate the rich and inspiring history of […]

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Vernor’s 150th Anniversary

by Kasie Pleiness June 6, 2016
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Vernor’s Ginger Ale celebrates its 150th anniversary this week. Created in 1866 by James Vernor, Vernor’s was first introduced in a drugstore in Detroit. The Michigan made ginger ale spread from city to city through the sale of bottling franchises, but was not distributed nationally until the 1960s. Vernor’s is the oldest continuously produced soda pop in the United States, preceding Coke, Pepsi, Hires, and Faygo. On June 11, the Vernor’s Ginger Ale Collector’s Club will be hosting a 150th Anniversary Party at the Detroit Historical Museum. The event will feature a presentation on the history of the soda pop, […]

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