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AAUP 2011 Program Highlights Announced

AAUP Rides the Wave of Publishing Collaboration

NEW YORK, NY — Baltimore, “The City that Reads,” will be the host city for this year’s Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), June 2-5. The theme of the AAUP 2011 conference is “The Next Wave: Toward a Culture of Collaboration,” and planning is underway for a wide selection of forward-looking sessions and workshops for the hundreds of publishing professionals expected to attend. The meeting website is available here.

The opening banquet will feature speaker David Simon, MacArthur fellow, author, producer of “The Wire,” and longtime journalist for the Baltimore Sun. “Great publishing begins with great writing,” said Richard Brown, AAUP President and director of Georgetown University Press, “and I can think of no more appropriate figure than David to kick off our conversations about the future of our industry.”

Conversation will continue through four plenary sessions on key subjects for publishing today, including managing innovation and organizational change, trends in copyright and intellectual property, and the future of the humanities. An additional 35 concurrent sessions will offer even more variety, addressing such topics as the confluence of print and digital publishing in workflow and production, improving websites and metadata for online discovery, and models for supporting open access.

As always, the AAUP Annual Meeting will be a hub for professional networking and discussing the latest in social media. The AAUP Program Committee, chaired by Gita Manaktala, Editorial Director of The MIT Press, has been keeping the event’s Facebook page lively with updates, sparking conversation around publishing news, and sharing tips for getting the most out of the meeting and the host city of Baltimore.

Highlights of AAUP 2011 will include opportunities to celebrate excellence in university press publishing. The AAUP Constituency Award will be presented at the opening banquet, honoring active leadership and service to the association and the university press community. Also during the meeting, the debut of the 2011 AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show will recognize selections from the design and production teams whose recent work furthers a long tradition of excellence in book design.

AAUP 2011 interviews and photos are available upon request. Press passes can also be arranged in advance. Please contact Regan Colestock,, for more information.


The Association of American University Presses is an organization of more than 130 non-profit scholarly publishers, dedicated to the support of creative and effective scholarly communications. Through its programs and information resources, AAUP helps its members fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society.

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