President Barack Obama

The Press in Art: Kerry James Marshall’s “SOB, SOB” in NYT Style Magazine

by Lauren Stachew November 4, 2016

The most recent issue of the New York Times Style Magazine received a lot of attention for featuring a series of striking black and white portraits taken by photographer Collier Schorr of First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by four thank-you notes written by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, activist Gloria Steinem, editor Jon Meacham, and actress Rashida Jones. However, at the Press, there was another reason entirely for us to be excited about this particular issue. A spotlight article on Chicago-based painter, Kerry James Marshall, famous for his large paintings depicting African American figures, life, and culture, featured several full-color images […]

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From the Vault: The Question of the Invisible Majority

by Mikala Carpenter August 5, 2013

Our “From the Vault” posts allow you to take a peek into the history of the Press, where you can rediscover past authors, projects, editors, awards, and more that led to the development of the university publisher that the Press is today. This window into our past spotlights backlist or out-of-print titles and series and also recommends and contextualizes them with similar current and forthcoming titles. Explore the drawers of the Vault with our intern, Mikala Carpenter, as we uncover the hidden treasures that await us in the archives of the University of Michigan Press. On July 1, 2013, Senator […]

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Francesca Royster reflects on Obama as a father in Huffington Post

by Shaun Manning January 24, 2013

Writing for the Huffington Post, Sounding Like a No-No author Francesca Royster builds from President Obama’s speech from his second inauguration to examine his role as a prominent African-American father and what Obama’s perspective as a parent does–and could–bring to his policy agenda. “Given the history of images of black fathers in the country, President Obama reveals that we are still in the midst of a moment of extraordinary change in terms of race,” Royster said. “But we are still not post-racial as a society, despite claims to the contrary. President Obama shows us that that positive images of black fatherhood […]

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Janine Davidson listed as one of Chronicle’s ‘Academics Who Influence Barack Obama’

by Shaun Manning October 25, 2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education has released a list, with short biographies, of academics who influence the 2012 presidential candidates, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Press author Janine A. Davidson appears on the Obama side as influential in Foreign Policy and National Security; her book, Lifting the Fog of Peace: How Americans Learned to Fight Modern War, examined how our military adapted to new forms of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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John Kenneth White, author of ‘Barack Obama’s America,’ writes a BestThinking article on changes in America

by Trade Marketing February 21, 2011

John White, author of Barack Obama’s America, recently expressed that the composition of the American vote is evolving.  In a recent political article for BestThinking, White observes that the American population is not what it used to be.  It is this change in the distribution of the population that is redesigning the majority vote. White observes that since the 1970s America has seen four social revolutions, the racial revolution, the family revolution, the gay rights revolution and the religious revolution.  Families are no longer only nuclear; religious identities are more encompassing; tolerance towards homosexuals is increasing; and eventually, “white” will no […]

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