From the Vault: U.S. Responsibility to the “Free Peoples of the Globe”

by Mikala Carpenter August 29, 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. “To be a fit partner […]

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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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Local Attention for Ilan Stavans’ “El Illuminado”

by Phillip Witteveen November 28, 2012

Ilan Stavans, author of A Critic’s Journey, was featured in the ABQ Journal for his most recent project, a graphic novel called El Illuminado, which the paper describes as  “a mystery set amid the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico.” Professor Stavans, author and literary critic, chose this interesting subject because of a “personal and professional interest … as well as his desire to marry history with imagination.”

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Q&A with Kazim Ali, author of Orange Alert: essays on poetry, art, and the architecture of silence

by University of Michigan Press October 12, 2010

Whether he is discussing the way cell phones have altered physical intimacy and introduced new verb forms, or the way Emily Dickinson’s mysteries are more clearly revealed in French translation, Kazim Ali is at once clear and complex, rigorous and charming, accessible and demanding. In Orange Alert, Ali discusses contemporary poetry in relation to other art forms and to contemporary television, film, and electronic media, including the Internet, YouTube, and Facebook. He shines a light on the intersections between cultures in these essays on the craft of poetry, offering a hand to poets either geographically or metaphorically outside the mainstream […]

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World Cup Bombing in Kampala, Uganda: Somali Militant Attack or Linked to Next Year’s Election?

by University of Michigan Press July 12, 2010

“The death toll from twin blasts that hit the Ugandan capital as football fans gathered to watch the World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands has risen to 74, officials say. Police are investigating whether the blasts were suicide bombings, and blamed Somalia’s al-Shabab militants…But the BBC’s Will Ross, in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, says there is no proof as yet that al-Shabab was involved. The blasts could be linked to next year’s elections in Uganda.” Full Article at Whether the attack is linked to external or internal perpetrators, Ugandan citizens are on edge in a fragile new […]

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