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University Press Association Gathers in Philadelphia

Publishing Industry Leader Chris Jackson to Speak

Philadelphia, PA—The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) convenes tomorrow in Philadelphia, hosting more than 700 publishing and scholarly communications professionals from June 16–18.

The program has been designed to “Energize & Innovate,” providing opportunities to share knowledge, develop new ideas, and reconfirm commitments to creative and effective scholarly communications. Stay a part of the conversation using #AAUP16 on Twitter and other social media.

A keynote for the event will be a June 17 luncheon address by Chris Jackson, publisher and editor-in-chief of One World, a newly revitalized imprint of Random House. Previously, Jackson was an executive editor at Spiegel & Grau, where he published award-winning and bestselling books by writers such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Matt Taibbi, Jill Leovy, Eddie Huang, Bryan Stevenson, and Victor LaValle. His own writing has appeared in, and the Paris Review.

Jackson will be introduced by incoming AAUP President Darrin Pratt, Director, University Press of Colorado). Pratt takes office during the meeting, as 2015-16 AAUP President Meredith Babb, Director, University Press of Florida, wraps up her term of service with valedictory remarks at the Association’s June 16th business meeting.

Additional highlights of the meeting include:

  • The presentation of the AAUP Constituency Award during an opening reception held at the Barnes Foundation (sponsored by the New York Review of Books, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and the AAUP).
  • The welcome of the first cohort of Mellon University Press Diversity Fellows: Maryam Arain (Duke); Niccole Leilanionapae‘āina Coggins (Washington); Jesús J. Hernández (MIT); and Christian Pizarro Winting (Georgia).
  • Close to 40 concurrent educational sessions, roundtables, and Collaboration Labs planned by the 2016 AAUP Annual Meeting Program Committee, chaired by Rob Dilworth (Duke).
  • The 2016 AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show, in its 51st year, debuts in Philadelphia. Members of the show jury will discuss their selection process and decisions in a June 17 Concurrent Session.
  • Two plenary sessions on essential topics in scholarly publishing will bring attendees together to reflect on the future of design and pervasive computing, and on the past, present, and future of peer review.
  • Much, much more. Visit for details.

About AAUP
The Association of American University Presses is an organization of more than 140 nonprofit 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. Learn more at

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