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As of today,  University of Michigan Press is distributed by the Chicago Distribution Center. We are very excited by the opportunities this new relationship will make possible, but of course in these early days there are likely to be some logistical challenges. And this morning when we reactivated the “Buy” buttons on our website, we ran headlong into some big obstacles. In short, because of some complications with our data transfer to the new system,…

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As of June 1, the University of Michigan Press will be distributed by Chicago Distribution Center, a division of the University of Chicago Press. CDC’s warehouse will fulfill all orders for U-M Press titles, including the English Language Teaching (ELT) division and distributed titles published by our campus partners. Charles Watkinson, University of Michigan Press director, commented: “The Chicago Distribution Center is an efficient distribution partner serving a number of publishers with whom the University…

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The Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities The work of the late Tobin Siebers has influenced Disability Studies in field-shifting ways since the publication of his prize-winning essay “My Withered Limb” in 1998. His subsequent scholarly publications including the books Disability Theory (2008) and Disability Aesthetics (2010) as well as essays such as “A Sexual Culture for Disabled People” (2012) quickly became pivotal works in the field. Siebers’s work has galvanized new…

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Charles Wright, author of nearly two dozen books of poetry as well as two volumes in the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry series, has been named America’s Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress, as reported by the New York Times. Wright’s books of criticism with the Press include Quarter Notes: Improvisation and Interviews and Halflife: Improvisations and Interviews, 1977-87. “I’m very honored and flattered to be picked, but also somewhat confused,” Wright told…

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Lynda Powell, who was recently awarded the prestigious Richard J. Fenno Jr. prize from the American Political Science Association (APSA) for her book The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislatures, contributed an editorial to the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog ahead of Tuesday’s elections. In her post, Powell notes that campaign contributions do not have a clear effect on state legislators’ votes on a particular bill, as lawmakers decide primarily on “ideology, partisanship and constituency…

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Last week, the Hammarskjöld Commission released a 61-page report reevaluating the circumstances surrounding Dag Hammarskjöld’s death more than fifty years ago. Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, was on a diplomatic mission when his plane crashed in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) on the night of September 17-18, 1961. While the crash was ruled accidental at the time, there has been persistent speculation that the plane was shot down by another aircraft. The new report…

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In a review essay encompassing the history of the United Nations, the Wall Street Journal’s George Melloan highly praises Roger Lipsey’s new biography of  the UN’s second secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld, saying ”no one has sketched his life and peacekeeping endeavors with such depth and breadth as Mr. Lipsey.” “Mr. Lipsey sees two Hammarskjölds, one a man of action taming dangerous political passions and the other a deeply introspective philosopher,” Melloan writes. “Mr. Lipsey describes a man who,…

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If you’ve been shopping our site through the holiday season and into the new year, you may have noticed a few changes. We recently completed a relaunch of the University of Michigan Press website, with a new design, improved features, and additional search and browsing options that will help you find just the book you’re looking for. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be rolling out even more features and improvements to the site….

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With The Hobbit hitting theatres this week, LA Weekly, part of the Village Voice family of free papers, interviewed International Relations of Middle-earth co-author Patrick James about the book’s origins and using Tolkien to teach real-world multinational conflict. In the interview, James credited Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy with creating a “pop culture touchstone,” making the situations and themes that pervade Frodo and Sam’s journey relateable and therefor even more useful in the classroom. For professors planning…

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This Fall, University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School will feature three University Press authors in its Centennial Alumni Lectures series. The lecture series is a showcase for U-M graduates to present on a topic in their fields, highlighting the university’s diversity and intellectual legacy. More than 6o lectures, each hosted by a graduate department, will take place over the month of October. Among the presenters are Press authors Lea M. Stirling, Deborah R. Geis, and…

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