Old (Recent) News

In old but not too old news, I gave a talk at the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association in LA in March that turned into a bunch of tweets¬†and an essay in The Chronicle Review. The tweets and the piece in the Chronicle got a bigger-than-expected response, prompting “University Presses Are Not in Crisis” in Publisher’s Weekly and an interview in the ACLS Humanities E-Book Newsletter. We’ll see what’s next for this discussion, which was prompted by a number of recent events concerning university presses at public universities, which either are or are not under pressure, depending on who you talk to. I’ve been talking to a bunch of people on the subject since I started working on the talk, and the experience has shown me that 1) people can be incredibly generous, 2) people sometimes get mad, and that’s okay, and 3) there’s more to be written on university presses.

 

Upcoming Workshop

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Looking forward to attending the ADE-ADFL Summer Seminar in Atlanta in two weeks. Always educational, inspirational, and fun to gather with colleagues involved in helping departments run. Looking forward especially to co-moderating (with Sheila Smith McKoy) a pre-seminar workshop, Reversing the Decline in English Majors and Enrollments, where we’ll share stories and strategies and I will steal as many as I can to bring back to Missouri.