UPK Partners with The Raven for 2020 Election Event Series

The University Press of Kansas has partnered with Lawrence bookstore The Raven to present four virtual prescient political book discussions. The series will focus on four recently released books that tackle a timely election issue. All events are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, October 14 (3:00 pm) Nathaniel Green will discuss his book The Man of the People; Political Dissent and the Making of the American Presidency, which traces the origins of our conception of the president as the ultimate American: the exemplar of our collective national values, morals, and character. Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/manofthepeople

On Wednesday, October 21 (6:30 pm) Christopher J. Devine and Kyle C. Kopko will discuss Do Running Mates Matter? The Influence of Vice Presidential Candidates in Presidential Elections, which draws upon an unprecedented range of empirical data to reveal how, and how much, running mates influence voting in presidential elections. Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/dorunningmatesmatter/register

On Wednesday, October 28 (7:00 pm) Stephen F. Knott will present The Lost Soul of the American Presidency; The Decline into Demagoguery and the Prospects for Renewal, which documents the devolution of the American presidency from the neutral, unifying office envisioned by the framers of the Constitution into the demagogic, partisan entity of our day. Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/lostsouloftheamericanpres/register

Finally, on Thursday, November 19 (7:00 pm) Jon K. Lauck will discuss the edited collection The Conservative Heartland; A Political History of the Postwar American Midwest, which reveals how conservative victories in state houses, legislatures, and national elections in the early twenty-first century, far from coming out of nowhere, in fact had extensive roots across decades of political organization in the region. Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/conservativeheartland/register

KU Libraries and University Press of Kansas Receive NEH-Mellon Humanities Kansas Open Book Program Grant

The University of Kansas Libraries and the University Press of Kansas have received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to convert out-of-print humanities texts into freely accessible digital resources.

“This grant for open books in the humanities offers the opportunity to advance several important priorities for the University of Kansas,” said Kevin L. Smith, dean of libraries. “This support allows us to bring wider attention to some of the excellent scholarship in history and American political thought published by the University Press of Kansas.”

The grant will provide the university with a unique opportunity to digitize humanities titles focused on history and American political philosophy that would be otherwise inaccessible to the public.

“I am thrilled that the University Press of Kansas has been selected as a grant recipient from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities,” said Conrad Roberts, director of the University Press of Kansas. “In collaboration with our Regents universities libraries, this grant will allow us to create an open access book collection that will dramatically increase the accessibility of information related to the history, culture, and politics of the United States to scholars and students in our nation and around the globe.”

The digitized works will be available in spring 2021 through the institutional repositories of all six Kansas Board of Regents universities — including KU, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University and Wichita State University as well as available through MUSE Open and JSTOR Open.

For more announcements about Kansas Open Books, please visit https://kansaspress.ku.edu/kansasopenbooks follow the hashtag #KansasOpenBooks on Twitter.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) was created in 1965 as an independent federal agency. The NEH supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the NEH and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, the Foundation supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. Additional information is available at www.mellon.org.