University Press Week is here! For those that don’t know, this is an annual celebration of the positive impact that a global community of university presses has on every one of us; a focus on the vital role University Presses play, that consequently bring new perspectives, ideas, and voices to readers around the globe; and a nod to how these presses use peer review and rigorous editorial processes to ensure that their books are among the best in their fields.

In the strange year that is 2020, trustworthy publications, reliable sources, and freedom is speech is more important than ever, and we’re proud to be standing with our UP friends to celebrate their hard work and extend this important mission.

As a UK based marketing, sales and distribution agency, Eurospan is proud to partner with a prestigious portfolio of University Presses to represent their publications in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Oceania, and Latin America, and as part of University Press week, we’ll be taking a closer look at a handful of the titles that make up this year’s recommended reading list.

Cut in Stone by Ryan Andrew Newson represents the first detailed theological investigation of Confederate monuments, and acts as a resource for the larger collective task of determining how to memorialize problematic pasts and how to shape public space amidst contested memory.
Baylor University Press

Know Your Price by Andre M. Perry demonstrates through rigorous research and analysis the worth of Black people's intrinsic strengths, real property, and traditional institutions. All of these assets are means of empowerment, as Andre Perry argues for shifting away from simplified notions of equality and moving towards maximizing equity.
Brookings Institution Press

Demagogue for President by Jennifer R. Mercieca looks at Donald Trump's 2016 campaign speeches and other rhetoric, and how it seemed on the surface to be simplistic, repetitive, and disorganized to many. But as this book shows, his campaign strategy was anything but simple. Political communication expert Jennifer Mercieca shows how the Trump campaign expertly used the common rhetorical techniques of a demagogue.
Texas A&M University Press

From Here to Equality by William Darity Jr. & A. Kirsten Mullen makes a comprehensive case for economic reparations for US descendants of slavery. After opening the book with a stark assessment of the intergenerational effects of white supremacy on black economic well-being, Darity and Mullen look to both the past and the present to measure the inequalities borne of slavery.
The University of North Carolina Press

Pussy Hats, Politics, and Public Protest by Rachelle Hope Saltzman focuses on the women-centred aspects of the protests that started with the 2017, and deals with the very public nature of that surprising, grassroots spectacle whilst exploring the relationship between the personal and the political in the protests.
University Press of Mississippi

We Shall Overcome by Kathryn E. Delmez expands on a Frist Center for the Visual Arts exhibition to present a selection of approximately one hundred photographs that document an important period in Nashville's struggle for racial equality. The book also provides an opportunity to consider the role of images and the media in shaping public opinion: a relevant subject in today's news-saturated climate.
Vanderbilt University Press

Don’t forget this is just a small edit of the 2020 recommended University Press reading list, so follow this link to check out the full collection, and check back in on social media tomorrow to read the next post in the 2020 blog tour!