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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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“Making Waves” is a 2016 Michigan Notable Book!

by Sam Killian January 4, 2016

The Press would like to congratulate Scott Peters, whose book “Making Waves” was one of 20 titles chosen as a 2016 Michigan Notable Book! Michigan Notable Books highlights exceptional “Michigan books” published in 2015 that bring attention to Michigan authors and topics. Each year the MNB list features 20 books, published the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a Michigan author. Selections include nonfiction and fiction books that appeal to a variety of audiences and cover various topics and issues close to the hearts of Michigan residents. MNB […]

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Remembering Gordon Tullock

by Carolyn Darr November 14, 2014
Calculus of Consent by James M. Buchanan and Gordon Tullock

Gordon Tullock, one of the founding fathers of public choice theory, passed away November 4th at the age of 92. Originally intending to be a foreign trader, Tullock only took one economics class in his university studies, yet went on to completely change economic thinking by applying it to political issues. Along with his long time collaborator James Buchanan, Tullock produced The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy, a groundbreaking work in the new field of public choice. Growing up in Rockford, Illinois, Tullock attended the University of Chicago where he earned a J.D. in 1947 after serving […]

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Saint Louis Beacon Spotlight on Howard Rambsy II

by Phillip Witteveen February 20, 2013

Howard Rambsy II, author of The Black Arts Enterprise and the Production of African American Poetry was featured recently in the Saint Louis Beacon in an interview about his work, teaching style, and influences. Rambsy’s career in black literature and history has taken him to Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, where Eugene Redmond, the Poet Laureate of East St. Louis who inspired him with his book Drumvoices, resides. As an assistant professor of English Language and Literature at SIUE, he works in studying black arts, visual literacy and how texts influence readers. Rambsy is also director of the university’s Black Studies […]

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‘Poetry’s Afterlife’ wins acclaim, award

by Bridget June 9, 2011

The University of Michigan Press is pleased to announce UM Press author and Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein has been chosen as nonfiction runner-up in the Society of Midland Authors Award for books published in 2010. Stein was recognized for his work, Poetry’s Afterlife: Verse in the Digital Age , released by the University of Michigan Press. At a time when most commentators fixate on American poetry’s supposed “death,” Stein instead proposes the vitality of its aesthetic hereafter. Poetry’s spirited afterlife has come despite, or perhaps because of, two decades of commentary diagnosing American poetry as moribund if not already […]

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