In an information age glutted with questionable or misleading sources and data, university presses fill a critical role in reviewing and vetting information and publishing only the best research and writing. The Kent State University Press is a proud member of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), a community of 133 publishers that serves, informs and educates the reading public.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2012, AAUP’s collective mission is to support creative and reliable scholarly communications. In recognition of that mission, this week (Nov. 11–17) has been designated the first “University Press Week,” an event to be held annually.
One of the most vital ways Kent State University Press fulfills that mission is by publishing books about the history and culture of the Ohio region, books like Growing Season: The Life of Migrant Community by Kent State’s Gary Harwood and David Hassler.
Kent State University Press also:
- Contributes to the variety and diversity of cultural expression;
- Partners with libraries, museums and other cultural institutions in our region;
- Gives voice to minority cultures and perspectives;
- Enriches undergraduate and graduate education by publishing supplementary material;
- Extends the reach and excellence agenda of Kent State University;
- Gives back to Ohio taxpayers by publishing works about the state and region;
- Connects the university to the community by publishing books of local interest and hosting local events for authors;
- Provides opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in publishing.
During University Press Week, Kent State University Press invites everyone to visit the special display at the Kent State University Bookstore, explore AAUP’s online Fine Print* gallery and read the testimonials of appreciative scholars, authors, readers, public servants and thought leaders at www.universitypressweek.org.
“By telling and preserving the story of Ohio, Kent State University Press helps students, scholars and citizens better understand our rich and complex past, and our work informs the conversation about where we are headed in the future,” said Will Underwood, director of the Kent State University Press.
For more information about the Kent State University Press, visit www.kentstateuniversitypress.com.
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