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: AAUP 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 publishing! 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.

2014: Great Minds Don't Think Alike

A tagline contest elicited our slogan, above, capturing a defining aspect of both AAUP members and the work they publish. Book giveaways, an NPR underwriting message, social media campaigns (such as the meme-rich #upshelfie tag), and a stunning infographic helped to engage wider communities. 

An online panel event, hosted via Google Hangout, focused on our general theme of Collaboration in Scholarly Publishing (featured in the 2014 online gallery, as well.) Barbara Kline Pope, Executive Director of the National Academies Press and AAUP President, Peter Dougherty, Director of Princeton University Press, and Ron Chrisman, Director of the University of North Texas Press, moderated by Jennifer Howard of the Chronicle of Higher Education, discussed three innovative collaborations that cross the boundaries of nations, institutions, and disciplines. Several hundred people tuned in live or watched the event after airing.