Interview with Molly Wallace, author of “Risk Criticism”

by Kathryn Beaton October 15, 2018

Our author Molly Wallace, author of Risk Criticism: Precautionary Reading in an Age of Environmental Uncertainty, recently answered a few questions for us. Dr. Wallace is Associate Professor of English at Queen’s University.   You recently won the Alanna Bondar Memorial Prize, from the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada—congratulations! The committee was interested in “works with a broad appeal within and beyond environmental humanities…books with the potential to engage a broader public.” What is it about your book that you think appeals to non-environmentalists?    Well, the “environmental humanities” to which the committee refers is itself a […]

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Harry Watkins, Nineteenth Century Actor, Brought Back to Life

by Charles Watkinson October 10, 2018

On October 10, 1850, Harry Watkins was relaxing from his busy life as an actor, playwright, and stage manager: “Fine day—Walking A.M & P.M. refused an offer to go to Boston—If I sacrifice many more engagements for the sake of remaining in N.Y. I shall find myself thrown out of all.—7 P.M. went to a book auction to purchase a book marked on the catalogue but was so tired out I fell asleep and woke just in time to hear it was gone—My interest in the auction being over I concluded it would be as well to finish my nap at home.” […]

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Interview with Poet and Professor Philip Metres

by Kathryn Beaton October 1, 2018

Our new Fulcrum Community Manager, Emma DiPasquale, studied under our author Philip Metres at John Carroll University. Below, she interviews him about his new book The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuge and Resistance, which was released in September. He also will be visiting Ann Arbor to read (with author Aimee Bender) on November 15.   You join over a hundred other poets who have contributed to the Poets on Poetry series. What drew you to it? When I was in graduate school researching poets and the peace movement, I first encountered the series through volumes by the poet William Stafford: You […]

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New book: “Papyri from Karanis: The Granary C123”

by Kathryn Beaton September 17, 2018

From our Classics editor Ellen Bauerle:   The Press is very pleased to note that the Chronicle of Higher Education recently listed among its books received our recently published volume Papyri from Karanis:  The Granary C123, edited by W. Graham Claytor, Assistant Professor of Classics at Hunter College, and Arthur Verhoogt, Professor of Papyrology and Greek and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. This volume represents a restart of one of the Press’s oldest series, going back to the early days of the University of Michigan and its Press.  It also showcases the University’s stellar collection of Greco-Roman papyri,  the largest such in the […]

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Author and Historian Christian Habicht Has Passed at 92

by Kathryn Beaton August 7, 2018

From our Classics editor Ellen Bauerle:   The University of Michigan Press notes the passing of Christian Habicht, a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, from 1973 to 1998. We were privileged to work with Prof. Habicht on the publication of his book The Hellenistic Monarchies in 2006. In addition to that volume, he was also the author of very many articles and numerous other notable books, including Cicero the Politician (1990), Pausanias’ Guide to Ancient Greece (1985), and Polybius’ Histories, revised together with Frank Walbank (2010). His first two books, Gottmenschentum […]

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