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Halloween and Humanism

by Jenny Geyer October 31, 2016

The following is a blog post written by Dina Khapaeva, Professor at the School of Modern Languages, Georgia Tech, and author of The Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture, forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press in spring 2017.   Halloween is upon us, a time when the suburbs of any American city can be found covered with images of death, most of them about as realistically revolting as they can be;  rotting corpses, mutilated body parts, skulls and crossbones, and skeletons—skeletons of all sizes, standing, hanging, carrying coffins. Already by late September, some of the most exclusive neighborhoods, where funeral […]

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Celebrate Pride with UM Press

by Lauren Stachew June 23, 2016

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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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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Press Author, Dennis Wild, Involved in Lawsuit Against the Fish and Wildlife Service

by Kasie Pleiness April 20, 2016

The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), along with Director Daniel Ashe, are being sued by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) over their decision to extend the Aquaculture Depredation Order of 1998 without revising it. According to court records, the Aquaculture Depredation Order “authorized the commercial freshwater aquaculture industry to ‘take’ – or, kill – any cormorant found ‘committing or about to commit depredations to aquaculture stocks,’ that is, eating commercially-raised fish, in certain states.” University of Michigan Press author Dennis Wild is among the plaintiffs representing PEER. Wild’s book, The Double-Crested Cormorant, describes the struggle of this maligned […]

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2016 Call for Submissions: Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities

by Charles Watkinson January 30, 2016

Submissions are now invited for the 2016 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities The work of the late Tobin Siebers has influenced Disability Studies in field-shifting ways since the publication of his prize-winning essay “My Withered Limb” in 1998. His subsequent scholarly publications including the books Disability Theory (2008) and Disability Aesthetics (2010) as well as essays such as “A Sexual Culture for Disabled People” (2012) quickly became pivotal works in the field. Siebers’s work has galvanized new scholarship in relation to questions of representation, subjectivity, and the entry of non-normative bodies into public space, and made […]

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