What is University Press Week?

In the summer of 1978 President Jimmy Carter proclaimed a University Press Week "in recognition of the impact, both here and abroad, of American university presses on culture and scholarship." That influence continues today, as does the increasing vitality of university press publishing programs, the many ways and means by which works are now produced and distributed, and the urgent need for articulate discourse in times pervaded by sound bites. Today, a renewed University Press Week highlights the extraordinary work of nonprofit scholarly publishers and their many contributions to culture, the academy, and an informed society.

UP Week History

2012: 75th Anniversary
Our inaugural event, in 2012, helped to celebrate AAUP's 75th anniversary, featuring activities such as a plenary discussion on "The Twenty-First Century University Press" at Charleston 2012 (video), a 26-press blog tour, our Fine Print* (*and Digital!) online gallery, Influence Maps, and much more.

2013: Ideas Unbound

In 2013, we celebrated innovation in scholarly publislishing! A gallery of "Ideas Unbound" showcased innovative projects, books, and journals from many of our university press and scholarly publisher members. 

On Friday, November 15, 2013, Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, moderated a keynote panel featuring speakers William Germano, Dean of Cooper Union, author, and former Editor in Chief of Columbia University Press, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association, and Gita Manaktala, Editorial Director at The MIT Press, a video of the event can be watched online.