Welcome to our weekly roundup of the best articles from the blogs of academic publishers! As always, if you particularly enjoy something or think that we missed an important post, please let us know in the comments.
The Association of American University Presses released a statement this week in support of net neutrality. Citing the mission of scholarly presses everywhere toward the preservation, advancement, and dissemination of scholarship, the AAUP asserts a principle reliance on the Internet and “open, neutral public network access to the online content and services of libraries, institutions of higher learning, and publishers small and large.”
At The Beacon Broadside, Frederick Lane examines the growing presence of “nullification” in American politics. He cites resistance to federal gun laws in some states as well as the recent Supreme Court case involving Hobby Lobby and the company’s protest of a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that female employees be given access to certain contraceptives that the owners believe act as abortifacients.
The University of California Press blog has a great video about the history of theatrical reissues of films in the age before television and video. The video features Eric Hoyt, author of Hollywood Vault: Film Libraries before Home Video.
The surprisingly important role that Italy played in the Cold War is considered in an interview with Kaeten Mistry, author of The United States, Italy and the Origins of Cold War: Waging Political Warfare on the Cambridge University Press blog.
On the one hundredth anniversary of Word War I, the University of Chicago Press blog features an excerpt from their book War’s Waste: Rehabilitation in World War I America by Beth Linker. The excerpt contextualizes the relationship between rehabilitation and the progressive reformers who pushed for it as a means to “rebuild” the disabled and regenerate the American medical industry.
In another WW-I related post, Marian Moser Jones, author of The American Red Cross from Clara Barton to the New Deal, asks the more basic question why should Americans care at all about the World War I Centennial? (via the Johns Hopkins University Press blog)
Speaking of one hundredth anniversaries, the Duke University Press blog features a post by Robert A. Hill, editor-in-chief of The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers, who looks back at the 100-year anniversary of the founding of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League.
The Harvard University Press blog examines the American Association of University Press’s recent statement in support of net neutrality.
Patricia Burch and Annalee G. Good examine the impact of digital education on public schools on Harvard Education Publishing blog.
José Ángel N. an undocumented immigrant who lives in Chicago and author of Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant, writes an open letter to President Obama his journey from Mexico and his experience as an illegal immigrant via the University of Illinois Press blog.
Why do biking and walking advocates love and hate the census? Island Press Field Notes explains.
At the University of Minnesota Press blog, Linda LeGarde Grover, author of The Road Back to Sweetgrass, ruminates on the merits of time-honored oral tradition and contemporary fictional storytelling.
The MIT Press blog spends five minutes with Judith Donath, author of The Social Machine to discuss how the internet is changing social interaction.
An excerpt from The Indicted South: Public Criticism, Southern Inferiority, and the Politics of Whiteness by Angie Maxwel is featured on the University of North Carolina Press blog.
The diamond’s strange connection to love and death is pondered by Susan Falls, author of Clarity, Cut and Culture: The Many Meanings of Diamonds, on the New York University Press blog.
The Oxford University Press blog features a video interview with Barry Powell, who discusses his new free verse translation of The Odyssey.
Police power and race riots are discussed by Lisa Schneider, author of the appropriately titled Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York via the University of Pennsylvania Press blog.
In addition to Germany, according to the Princeton University Press blog, another winner of the World Cup is Ignacio Palacios-Huerta, author Beautiful Game Theory: How Soccer Can Help Economics. Palacios-Huerta is unique in that he utilizes soccer data to test economic theories and his work, not surprisingly, garnered a lot of attention during the World Cup.
The Stanford University Press blog launches an important and fascinating series looking at recent events in Gaza.