Special Events

AUPresses 2022 Special Events

AUPresses 2022 attendees are welcomed to join these optional special events (registration may be required).

Press Directors Networking Luncheon and Meeting

Saturday, June 18

11:30am – 3:30pm  

Member Press Directors Only

Lunch in the Union Station Room; Meeting in the Chinatown Room

Speaker: Donna Hicks, PhD, author of Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture that Brings Out the Best in People (Yale University Press, 2018)

Introduction: Barbara Kline Pope, Johns Hopkins University Press

Based on her work with Johns Hopkins University Press and other organizations, Dr. Donna Hicks will talk with us about healing conflict and unifying employees around their common identity. Her two decades of experience using dignity to resolve conflict, between people and nations, in the U.S., Colombia, Middle East, Sri Lanka, Cuba, and Northern Ireland, serve as the foundation for her insightful presentations and workshops. She reveals the profound truth about human nature and relationships, enabling leaders to:

  • Create a culture of dignity, social justice, and personal accountability
  • Heal workplace conflict in a safe and productive manner
  • Facilitate positive relationships at an individual, group, and organizational level
  • Transform business policies and common practices  
  • Develop leadership practices that embody the elements of dignity

Following her presentation that will introduce us all to the foundational concept of dignity, Dr. Hicks will lead an interactive activity that will help us put those concepts into action.  

We are grateful to Yale University Press for providing free copies of Dr. Hicks’ book and for Johns Hopkins University Press: Books, Journals, Project MUSE, and HFS for making it possible for Dr. Hicks to join us.  

Planning Committee: Lisa Bayer, University of Georgia Press; Lara Mainville, University of Ottawa Press; Barbara Kline Pope, Johns Hopkins University Press; Charles Watkinson, University of Michigan Press


Sunday, June 19


Meet in Hotel Lobby

Get your blood pumping with an early-morning informal walk or run! First 100 to sign up for the 5K will receive a Project MUSE water bottle.

Organizers: Greg Britton, Editorial Director, Johns Hopkins University Press; Beth Bouloukos, Director, Amherst College Press

Sponsored by Project MUSE

Optional Walking Tours

Sunday, June 19

9:00am – 10:30am

Join AUPresses for a selection of Walking Tours celebrating DC’s historic neighborhoods, diverse communities, and unique role in the history of civil rights. Tours are optional, most for a small additional fee, with limited capacity, and for AUPresses members only.

Details for each tour are noted below. Please also note that while Metro and cab travel times are mentioned below, fares are not included in the price of the tours. Should participants wish to take the Metro or a cab to the starting point of a tour, it will be at their own expense.


(limit: 10 participants; cost $40)

Discover the musical heritage of U Street—aka Black Broadway—from jazz to hip hop to punk to go-go. Walk the streets and back alleys and learn how murals, theatres, music venues, and memorials embrace the history of this amazing neighborhood. Along the way, we’ll listen to a diverse playlist that will match up with the murals and venues.

Meet in Marriott Marquis Lobby: 8:25am
Commuting time to starting point (from Marriott Marquis): 20 minute walk or 6 minutes by cab
Starting point: 620 T Street NW, in front of Howard Theatre
Ending point: 1213 U Street NW (Ben’s Chili Bowl); directly across from U Street Metro station
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes


(limit: 40 participants; cost $40)

Meet two remarkable writers who lived in Washington, DC, in the late 1890s to the early 1900s. Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African American poet to become nationally known. His wife, Alice Dunbar-Nelson was also an accomplished writer of poetry, fiction, and journalism. Both writers were in the first generation removed from slavery. This tour tells the story of their accomplishments, their unhappy marriage, and his early death. It also provides context for their lives in DC among the African American intelligentsia who were drawn to LeDroit Park and the surrounding Shaw neighborhood in the years from Reconstruction through WWI. Stops include the site of the Dunbars’ two DC homes, as well as the homes of eminent neighbors: Robert and Mary Church Terrell, Christian and Sara Fleetwood, James E. Walker, and Anna Julia Cooper. (Please note: this tour includes a frank discussion of domestic violence.)

Meet in Marriott Marquis Lobby: 7:55am
Commuting time to starting point (from Marriott Marquis): 17 minute walk or 9-11 minutes on Metro
Starting point: UNCP Knowledge Center, 1815 Seventh Street NW
Ending point: UNCP Knowledge Center, 1815 Seventh Street NW
Running time: 2 hours


(limit: 40 participants; cost $40)

AUPresses 2022 meets adjacent to DC’s Shaw neighborhood—historically the cultural, educational, and religious heart of greater Black Washington. Your guide is an architect who served as witness to and participant in the redevelopment of this essential neighborhood. Highlights include: the United House of Prayer, significant buildings on the campus of Howard University, and Black Broadway, as well as a number of structures of interest that were Black communal undertakings and designed by Black architects.

Meet in Marriott Marquis Lobby: 7:45am
Commuting time to starting point (from Marriott Marquis): No walking time
Starting point: Marriott Marquis
Ending point: Marriott Marquis
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes


(limit: 25 participants; cost $40)

For generations, women living and working in DC have defied expectations and surmounted discrimination to increase equality, freedom, and prosperity for their fellow citizens. “Angel of the Battlefield” Clara Barton inspired a world-wide humanitarian movement. Dorothy Height devoted forty years to supporting African American women and girls. Frances Perkins not only became the first woman to serve as a cabinet secretary, she was the principal architect of FDR’s New Deal. See the sites where they and others made their marks and follow history along Pennsylvania Avenue, where thousands of suffragists first marched for equality in 1913.

Meet in Marriott Marquis Lobby: 8:35am
Commuting time to starting point (from Marriott Marquis): 15 minute walk or 10-13 minutes on Metro
Starting point: Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Station 
Ending point: Peace Monument at the bottom of Capitol Hill
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes


(limit: 25 participants; cost $40)

Walt Whitman, America’s poet, lived and worked in Washington, DC, during the crucible years of the American Civil War and its aftermath. Recount his work as a frequent visitor to the war’s sick and wounded at the site of a former Union hospital. Whitman composed heartfelt elegies to President Abraham Lincoln, which come to life at Ford’s Theatre, site of the 16th president’s assassination. These and other locations associated with Whitman comprise a journey through the past in downtown DC during which we will encounter the poet’s many friends (and one special lover) and be reminded of how fresh Whitman’s literary voice still sounds thanks to readings from his poetry and prose. 

Meet in Marriott Marquis Lobby: 8:05am 
Commuting time to starting point (from Marriott Marquis): 9 minute walk
Starting point: Gallery Place- Chinatown Metro Station: 7th St and F St (escalator) exit
Ending point: Lafayette Park, in front of White House
Running time: 2 hours


(no limit; no cost)

If you prefer something more self-paced (or if your favored tour already has sold out!) explore DC’s civil rights history informally with AUPresses colleagues on this self-guided tour. AUPresses will provide information (maps, podcast download instructions) to help you follow the signs on this Cultural Tourism DC Neighborhood Heritage Trail. You’ll have the option of exploring either Downtown, Pennsylvania Avenue, or Capitol Hill right from our conference hotel. The trail includes key moments in local and national African American history. It’s important that you select this option in order to receive the details you need to make the most of the limited time available.

Meet in Marriott Marquis Lobby: 8:45am
Walking time to starting point (from Marriott Marquis): 15 minutes
Other information: This self-guided tour has 3 different loops to choose from, each taking about 60 minutes. View the brochure to start planning your path.

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