Thursday, November 20, 2014

GEORGIA WOMEN shine at Spotlight on the Arts at UGA

Spotlight on the Arts at UGA was an incredible success, and the Press is proud to have been a contributing entity. Our event with authors Dr. Ann Short Chirhart and UGA's own Kathleen Ann Clark was held this past Tuesday in the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library on the UGA Campus.

Chirhart and Clark gave a presentation entitled, "Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History: Georgia Women Shape the Twentieth Century," which was launched from their recent anthology, GEORGIA WOMEN: THEIR LIVES AND TIMES, VOL. 2 (published by the Press). Their talk was centered around three Georgia women—two lesser known figures, activists Lugenia Burns Hope and Vara A. Majette, and then one of the most famous women in Georgia history, Margaret Mitchell.

"One challenge we faced [in editing GEORGIA WOMEN] was finding connections between and among these eighteen incredible women," Chirhart said in the opening of the lecture. "Yet we still wanted to remain true to the independent women who had socio-political and cultural influence in many ways."
Dr. Ann Short Chirhart
But through the course of the talk, the interweaving strands became evident. The stories of these eighteen women have often been marginalized, dismissed, or misunderstood in the context of Georgia history. Some of these women viewed the past and the traditions of their time as something to overcome, yet others respected the past, despite its tumultuous nature, and wanted to simultaneously preserve it and challenge the status quo.

Perhaps most importantly, despite being trailblazers in their own times, these women set the stage for future actions. Lugenia Burns Hope's philosophy drew heavily on the Christian tradition, rejected exclusionary racial boundaries, and urged those to "love they neighbor as thyself." Almost half a century later, Coretta Scott King would be greatly inspired by Hope's actions and use her tenants to guide her own activism.

Vara A. Majette was largely critical of the media. She was skeptical of white men's claims that they had a moral duty to protect white women by any means necessary, and she blamed newspapers for fueling the fire of racial tensions in the South after the 1906 Atlanta race riots. Through her work, Majette was devoted to "turning racialized ideologies on their heads."

Dr. Kathleen Ann Clark
Finally, though most notable for writing Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell was actually quite full of gumption. She was the daughter of a suffragette and largely believed in public activism, paid work for women, gender bending, and even delaying or indefinitely postponing marriage. It is in Mitchell's lost adolescent novella, Lost Laysen (her only published work other than Gone with the Wind), that a teenage Mitchell explores pushing the boundaries of racial and gender norms.

Many thanks again to Dr. Ann Short Chirhart and Dr. Kathleen Ann Clark for joining us in Athens for our celebration of the arts, as well as providing us with a thoughtful and engaging talk. Though the week of Spotlight on the Arts at UGA has passed, these kinds of performances and events thrive in Athens year-round. The next on-campus Press event will take place on February 27, 2015, as part of a lecture series for the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and will feature John T. Edge, Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance and general editor of the SFA Studies in Culture, People, and Place series published with the Press. We look forward to seeing you then!

Dr. Kathleen Ann Clark, Dr. Ann Short Chirhart, and Press Director Lisa Bayer at the GEORGIA WOMEN, VOL. 2 event

Thursday, November 13, 2014

#UPWeek: Blog Tour Day Four

It's day four of University Press Week's blog tour. Today's posts will not disappoint. Because it's Throwback Thursday!

Here's what you can look forward to looking back:

Harvard University Press: Late last year HUP made roughly 3,000 previously unavailable backlist works available again, some of which were published back in the late 1800s. Many of the titles and subjects bear a resemblance to some reference (or something that might as well be referenced) in a Decemberists song. So their post: a quiz, asking the question, HUP title or Decemberists' song?

MIT Press: A look back at former MIT Press designer Muriel Cooper, who designed MIT Press's iconic colophon 50 years ago in 1964.

Temple University Press: A post on the development of Temple's influential Asian History and Culture series.

University of Toronto Press: UTP looks back at the publications of The Champlain Society, an historical society which publishes primary source archive material that explores Canada's history. The Champlain Society produces scholarly books every year that have been the object of meticulous treatment by specialists whose role has been to highlight the significance of the eyewitness accounts and to inform readers of the context in which these documents were drafted. The post highlights this year's volume on the writings of Pierre-Espirit Radisson, as well as include historical images from past publications.

University of Washington Press: UWP looks at a series of Asian American classics that they have recently reissued, with an emphasis on the evolution of cover designs over the years.

Wesleyan University Press: WUP's #TBT post is a poem by Alice Notley from Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2005, which WUP published in 2006.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

#UPWeek: Blog Tour Day Three

Yesterday for day two of the University Press week blog tour, we blogged about our collaboration with New Georgia Encyclopedia. University Press of FloridaFordham University Press, and Indiana University Press shared some great—and a few hilarious—photos of their presses through the years. Johns Hopkins University Press ran a Q& A with JHUP Art Director Martha Sewell and a short film of author and marine illustrator Val Kells in her studio. And Stanford University Press featured some old b&w photos of SUP and its printing facilities as they existed in the 50s and 60s that highlight the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into print publishing.

Today on the blog tour: popular culture.

Georgetown University Press: TV, espionage, and the academy. GUP highlights several of their books that dive deep into the dark corners of the history of espionage, all of which speak to the enduring popularity of espionage as a subject in popular culture.

University Press of Kentucky: Dalton Trumbo was a Blacklisted Hollywood screen writer of films such as 'Spartacus' and 'Roman Holiday' and a member of the Hollywood Ten who opposed the House Un-American Activities Committee. (Bryan Cranston recently debuted the "Cranstache" at the Emmy's, grown in preparation to portray Trumbo in an upcoming biopic directed by Jay Roach.)

University Press of Mississippi: UPM highlights their book Walt Before Mickey, which has been adapted into a movie set to open Thanksgiving Weekend.

University of Pennsylvania Press: Penn Press highlights their ability to publish books that cater to both niche markets and general audiences as well, spotlighting a few recent titles.

Princeton University Press: Q&A with math editor Vickie Kearn about PUP's book Alan Turing: The Enigma, which has been adapted into a film starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley titled The Imitation Game.

University of Wisconsin Press: Books that highlight issues that have become major news stories, such as gays in the military, militarized police, torture, and immigration.

Tomorrow is sure to be another day of excellent blogging. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

#UPWeek: Blog Tour Day Two

Yesterday for day one of the University Press week blog tour, we blogged about our collaboration with the New Georgia Encyclopedia. There were also great posts from the University of California Press, University of Chicago Press, Duke University Press, Project Muse/Johns Hopkins University Press, McGill-Queen's University Press, Texas A&M University Press,  University of Virginia Press, and Yale University Press. (We did the tour yesterday: here are our highlights via Twitter.)

On deck for day two, Your UP in Pictures:

University Press of Florida: UPF in pictures through the years.

Fordham University Press: A photo collage featuring FUP events and memorable moments over the years.

Indiana University Press: A fun look at the history of IUP as they celebrate their 65th anniversary next year.

Johns Hopkins University Press: Q& A with JHUP Art Director Martha Sewell and a short film of author and marine illustrator Val Kells in her studio.

Stanford University Press: Old b&w photos of SUP and its printing facilities as they existed in the 50s and 60s that highlight the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into print publishing.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's posts as university presses take on their role in and relationship to popular culture.