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Prop 8: Just Beginning to Get At Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Families

by University of Michigan Press August 6, 2010

Prop 8 has been ruled unconstitutional, and it’s a good start. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people face the same family issues as their heterosexual counterparts, but that is only the beginning of their struggle. The LGBT community also encounters legal barriers to government recognition of their same-sex relationships and relationships to their own children. Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Families addresses partner recognition, parenting, issues affecting children of LGBT parents, health care, discrimination, senior care and elder rights, and equal access to social services. Sean Cahill and Sarah Tobias provide up-to-date, accurate analysis of the major […]

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UM Press launches groundbreaking series with Bard Graduate Center

by Heather Newman June 17, 2010

The University of Michigan Press announced today that it has formed a partnership with the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, to produce a new series of books. The Bard Graduate Center Cultural Histories of the Material World Series will overcome the boundaries between academic disciplines and the boundaries between print and electronic media to tell the story of how human beings have shaped and interpreted the world around them. “This is an important series, in an interdisciplinary area that has not received its publishing due, led by a board of outstanding scholars worldwide in a variety […]

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Q&A with Orville Gilbert Brim, author of Look at Me! The Fame Motive from Childhood to Death

by University of Michigan Press December 1, 2009

Four million adults in the United States say that becoming famous is the most important goal in their lives. What motivates those who set fame as their priority, where did the desire come from, how does the pursuit of fame influence their lives, and how is it expressed? Based on the research of Dr. Orville Gilbert Brim, award-winning scholar in the field of child and human development, Look at Me! answers those questions. Dr. Brim has had a long and distinguished career. He is the former director of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful […]

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Q&A with Betty Jean Lifton, author of Lost & Found

by University of Michigan Press March 13, 2009

The first edition of Betty Jean Lifton’s Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience advanced the adoption rights movement in the United States in 1979, challenging many states’ policies of maintaining closed birth records. For nearly three decades the book has topped recommended reading lists for those who seek to understand the effects of adoption—including adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents, and their friends and families. Now in its third edition, author Betty Jean Lifton talks with us about her book. Dr. Lifton is an adoption counselor and adopted person. She has a practice in Cambridge Massachusetts as well as New York […]

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“Sacred Violence: Torture, Terror, and Sovereignty” by Paul Kahn

by kris bishop September 29, 2008

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The cover of our controversial new book Sacred Violence: Torture, Terror, and Soveriegnty, by Paul Kahn, boasts a work of art called “Abu Ghraib” by Columbian artist Fernando Botero. Author Paul Kahn writes from the controversial perspective that although we as Americans despise torture on the “civilized” level, we cannot escape a deeper fascination and dependence on it in the face of the War on Terror (check out Kahn’s guest author blog entry “Who Are We?”) and Botero’s art supports this deep, disturbing realization, making for a similarly powerful and thought-provoking cover. Fernando Botero Angulo (born April 19, […]

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