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Welcome to AUPresses 2019

Please join us in Detroit this summer!
June 11-13, 2019
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Since Chris Jackson’s remarkable address at the 2016 meeting of the AUPresses, the topic of diversity and inclusion has become a stronger and stronger thread through the work of our association. Detroit has its own deep histories of native displacement, immigration, and continuing struggles for racial justice and economic equity. But contemporary Detroit also provides inspiring lessons in doubling-down on community ties to create strength in diversity, and we have drawn inspiration from our host city.

In this program, you’ll find opportunities to discuss ways to make our daily publishing practices and internship programs more inclusive, challenges facing mid-career people of color, how to build cultures of gender equity, and how to make our digital content more accessible. Other panels look at language and inclusivity and ways to apply anti-racist principles to publishing.

Diversity also manifests itself in the world of publishing through collaboration, and the program seeks to highlight ways that we can collaborate—department-to-department, press-to-press, with libraries, with campus partners, with community stakeholders. Collaboration can generate new markets, new technological innovations, new and more efficient ways of doing business and serving our constituencies. You’ll find sessions that help think through the collaborative aspects of everything from cross-departmental work to reaching readers, fundraising to reprinting processes, Open Access to regional publishing, and much more.

As much of Detroit’s vibrant revitalization can be credited to those who have done the work of bridging the city’s future with its rich and complicated past, we too hope to make our AUPresses community stronger by building connections and cultivating diversity in all its forms. We are looking forward to seeing you in Detroit!

2019 Program Committee

Mary Francis, Michigan, Chair
Walter Biggins, Georgia
Elizabeth Brown, Johns Hopkins
Jane Bunker, Northwestern
Jocelyn Dawson, Duke
Natalie Eidenier, Michigan State
Mark Heineke, Nebraska
Jamie Jones, Wayne State
Laurie Matheson, Illinois
Jennifer Crewe, Columbia, Board Liaison
Susan Patton, AUPresses, Staff Liaison