From the Vault: Frank E. Robbins and Illuminating What Was to Come

by Mikala Carpenter August 12, 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. From 1858 to 1930, the […]

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GUEST BLOG: Digging for Magic

by Phillip Witteveen May 30, 2013

Our guest blogger is Andrew T. Wilburn, author of the recent book Materia Magica: The Archaeology of Magic in Roman Egypt, Cyprus and Spain. Wilburn is an Associate Professor of Classics and Archaeology at Oberlin College. He teaches courses on a variety of topics in ancient history, archaeology and art history, and Greek and Latin language and literature. Have you ever been in love, deeply in love, with someone who did not return your affection? Or maybe you’ve gotten into a little trouble with the law—a speeding ticket? Did you wish you could say “Abracadabra” and have the problem go away? For […]

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Roger Lipsey to speak on Hammarskjöld’s legacy at UN

by Shaun Manning April 9, 2013

Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary General of the United Nations, will be honored with a symposium Wednesday at the UN to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of his taking office. Roger Lipsey, author of the highly-praised biography Hammarskjöld: A Life, will speak at the event and take part in a panel discussion. Serving as Secretary General from 1953 until his death in plane crash while en route to negotiate a ceasefire in the Congo Crisis, Hammarskjöld made efforts to improve ties between Israel and its Arab neighbors, journeyed to China to negotiate the release of captured American pilots, and helped to diffuse […]

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Henry Bial Defends the Ph.D. in Theater

by Phillip Witteveen February 22, 2013

In a recent essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Henry Bial, author of Acting Jewish: Negotiating Ethnicity on the American Stage and Screen, responded to growing concerns within the academy relating to doctorate programs in the performing arts.  There is, according to Bial and the article’s c0-authors, “an antagonism between those who study the theater and those who create it.” This issue falls hardest on those students “enrolled in 36 doctoral programs in theater across the country.”  Bial and his co-authors promoted a separation between the inherent value and marketability of the degree, saying,  “market value is a flawed metric for both the M.F.A. […]

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Guest author: James Leonard weighs in on Domino’s Pizza founder’s suit against the U.S. Government

by Emily January 3, 2013

James Leonard is the author of Living the Faith: A Life of Tom Monaghan, a biography of one of America’s most controversial business and religious figures.

Once again putting his money where his mouth is, conservative Catholic Tom Monaghan sued the federal government on December 15, 2012 over mandatory contraception coverage in the recently upheld health care law.

Saying contraception is “gravely immoral” and that mandatory coverage “threatens the religious liberties of all Americans,” the former owner of Domino’s Pizza also named Domino’s Farms as a co-plaintiff in the suit.

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