Amy Cook (“Building Character”) on the Oscars

by Kathryn Beaton March 1, 2018

Our author Amy Cook, an Associate Professor of English and Theatre Arts at Stony Brook University, recently answered some questions about her new book, Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting.   Films play a prominent role in your book’s examination of casting choices. When you look over the list of nominees for this year’s Academy Awards in acting, what casting choices stand out as exceptional? Some of these actors originated the roles they are in: there was no other Lady Bird or Elisa Esposito before Saoirse Ronan and Sally Hawkins were cast in those roles. Other actors are […]

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2018 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities

by Kathryn Beaton February 27, 2018

Ends on September 15, 2018   About the Tobin Siebers Prize The Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities is awarded in memory of disability studies pioneer and Michigan faculty member Tobin Siebers (1953-2015). Siebers was author of many influential books and articles and co-chair of the University of Michigan’s Initiative on Disability Studies. The prize is awarded yearly for best book-length manuscript on a topic of pressing urgency in this field. Reflecting the work of the scholar the prize commemorates, the competition invites submissions on a wide range of topics, from literary and cultural studies, to trans-historical research, […]

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University of Michigan Press honored for innovation and community leadership

by Charles Watkinson February 2, 2018

The University of Michigan Press is one of three publishers listed as finalists for the UP Redux Award, to be awarded at the University Press Redux Conference hosted by UCL Press and the Association of Learned and Professional Scholarly Publishers (APLSP) in London, UK, on February 13-14, 2018. The UP Redux award recognises an individual, team or press that has made an outstanding contribution to university press publishing through innovation, providing inspiration and visibility for the sector as a whole, and challenging university presses to rethink or evolve their practice. Being a finalist means that UMP has been nominated multiple times by its international peers. Our […]

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2017 Stories of Impact from the Deep Blue Document Repository

by Charles Watkinson January 18, 2018

The Deep Blue document repository provides worldwide, free access to some of the best research U-M has to offer. As part of Michigan Publishing (the publishing division of the U-M Library) it provides a trusted hosting option for University of Michigan faculty members and graduate students who wish to make their work discoverable and citable over the long term. In 2017 the 115,000 items in Deep Blue documents were downloaded 10.8 million times. As Deep Blue coordinator Jim Ottaviani notes, “it’s difficult to know what will have an impact, of course, which is why Deep Blue seeks out and hosts […]

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Announcing Winner of 2017 Tobin Siebers Prize

by Kathryn Beaton January 10, 2018

The University of Michigan Press is pleased to announce that the 2017 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities has been awarded to Elizabeth B. Bearden for her book manuscript Monstrous Kinds: Body, Space, and Narrative in Renaissance Representations of Disability. Dr. Bearden lives in Madison, Wisconson, where she is a Professor of English at UW-Madison. She earned her Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from New York University in 2006. Her first book, published in 2012 by the University of Toronto Press, is The Emblematics of the Self: Ekphrasis and Identity in Renaissance Imitations of Greek Romance. In her […]

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