University Press Blog Round Up: Rock n Roll, Cooking with Publishers, the Surprisingly Funny Middle Ages, and More!

University Press Roundup

Our weekly list of some of the most compelling posts (and videos!) from the wide world of university press blogs:

Greil Marcus on the ten songs that define rock n roll history. (Yale University Press)

Natalie Fingerhut, history editor at the University of Toronto Press, on what she learned while editing The Assassination of Europe, 1918-1942: A Political History and why reading history matters.

Stanford University Press provides a very inventive and handy flowchart to navigate their Fall 2014 offerings.

Back in the Day! Princeton University Press continues its excellent Throwback Thursday with a look back at The Munich Secession: Art and Artists in Turn-of-the-Century Munich by Martha Makela.

Rebecca J. Cook, editor of Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies, outlines the book’s contents in which legal scholars from different parts of the world analyze recent cases and controversies and how ideas are changing the way abortion is legally advocated, regulated, and adjudicated.

John H. McWhorter asks, How does color affect our way of seeing the world? (Oxford University Press)

NYU Press is celebrating the publication of Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal by having some of their staff describe the experience of cooking recipes from the book.

Claude Andrew Clegg III considers Elijah Muhammad’s ideas of race and Islam in his own time and in ours. (University of North Carolina Press)

Jackson Michael, author of The Game Before the Money:Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, describes the experience of interviewing famous ex-NFL players. (University of Nebraska Press)

MIT Press goes back to school with Elizabeth Losh, author of The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University, who discusses the pros and cons of an increasingly digital classroom.

Karen Piper explores the frightening landscape where water and thirst are political, and drought is a business opportunity. (University of Minnesota Press)

The surprising history of the desegregation of the College Board and its partner, Educational Testing Services is recounted by Jan Bates Wheeler. (LSU Press)

Yair Hirschfeld, author of Track-Two Diplomacy Toward an Israel-Palestinian Two State Solution, 1978–2014, argues that “peace is not a piece of paper, or a given moment, but an ongoing process, when former enemies learn gradually to trust each other.” (Johns Hopkins University Press)

The Indiana University Press blog has a great podcast with Brian Wilson, who discusses his new book Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living.

Island Press continues its excellent series on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with a look at its continuing importance and legacy.

Historian Peter Fritzsche discusses the daily lives of ordinary Germans during the tumultuous interwar years. (University of Illinois Press)

Jason Potts and Daniel Stout, editors of Theory Aside discuss the history—and future—of theory.

Turns out the Middle Ages were a lot funnier than we thought. Jamie Kreiner, the author of The Social Life of Hagiography in the Merovingian Kingdom, explains. (Cambridge University Press)

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