In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Penn State University Press reaffirms its commitment to excellence and innovation in scholarly publishing with a reinvigorated brand that reflects the exciting changes taking place in the world of publishing and speaks to Penn State Press’ values, mission, and future.
"The Scarlet Letter," by Nathaniel Hawthorne, has been a staple in literary studies and English courses for generations. Now, thanks to the work of Penn State DuBois Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus Richard Kopley and his discovery in Pattee Library's News and Microforms Library, more is known about how this novel came to exist.
Penn State University Press Director Patrick Alexander has been invited to serve a three-year term on the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) board of directors. AAUP supports its membership of more than 130 nonprofit publishers through professional education, cooperative services and public advocacy, and member organizations publish peer-reviewed scholarship of researchers from around the world.
Penn State Press invites the University community to its annual Holiday Book Sale. This year's one-day-only sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Kern Building lobby on the University Park campus of Penn State. Faculty, staff, and students will receive a 25 percent discount on purchases at the sale and through the press's website (using the code HS2012). Free shipping is available to on-campus addresses; regular shipping charges apply everywhere else. The sale will include a special $5 book table. For information on any of Penn State Press's titles, visit http://www.psupress.org or call 814-865-1327.
The Pennsylvania State University Press, in collaboration with the University of Washington Press (primary grant recipient), the Duke University Press and the University of Pennsylvania Press, has been awarded a collaborative publishing grant of $1.2 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to publish first books by scholars in the field of art history. The Art History Publication Initiative (AHPI) will assist in the publication of 40 books during five years through an innovative collaboration that addresses the special challenges facing art historical scholarship in the digital age.
Penn State Press will hold its annual Holiday Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 7 in the lobby of the Kern Building on Penn State's University Park campus. Penn State faculty, staff and students will receive a 25 percent discount on their purchases at the sale and through the Press website (using the code HSTEN). For information on any of Penn State Press' titles, visit http://www.psupress.org/ or call 814-865-1327.
Barbara I. Dewey, dean of Libraries and professor at the University of Tennessee, has been appointed Penn State's dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, effective August 1, pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees. She will succeed Nancy Eaton, who has held the position since 1997 and will continue her ties with the University in retirement as dean emeritus.
How does a guy in a mountain lion suit inspire a shrine, a book, and 107,000 screaming fans? There's something about mascots that stir up powerful emotions. Penn State's Nittany Lion is a larger-than-life symbol of the pride that fans feel, says Jackie Esposito, University Archivist and co-author of The Nittany Lion: An Illustrated Tale.
To help recognize November as Native American Heritage Month, Penn State Live posed a few questions to A. Gregg Roeber, professor of early modern history and religious studies at Penn State and co-director of the Max Kade German-American Research Institute. In 2008 Roeber edited the book "Ethnographies and Exchanges: Native Americans, Moravians and Catholics in Early North America," published by Penn State Press. It was inspired by an international conference the institute hosted on the occasion of the English translation and publication of the Diaries of David Ziesberger, one of the first Moravian German-speaking missionaries and ethnographic observers of the Lenape.
Even though your grandparents' old photo albums are yellowed and grainy, they're still there for you and your family to enjoy. But will your grandchildren be able to say the same of the digital photo albums you're compiling today? Rapid advances in computer technology have left past hardware and software in the dust. If we're creating documents no one will be able to access, has our Information Age created a digital dark age?
"A lot of people were looking the other way. The AMA (American Medical Association) was looking the other way. They were constantly, in their journal. A very well-recognized journal was constantly publishing articles by well-known academics and physicians using all sorts of different vulnerable test subjects -- going into mental hospitals, going into the institutions for retarded children, going into prisons -- and many of these articles would state who was being used. Somebody should have realized that this was wrong. I mean, we were the country that tried the Nazi doctors. We put them on trial -- 23 physicians and medical administrators -- and we said, 'What you did at Ravensbrueck, what you did at Dachau, at Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz was horrendous, and that's not how you do research medicine.' At the end of that we executed seven of them; many others got long prison sentences. (We) came down with the Nuremberg Code, which in my mind is still one of the best codes that has ever come down. What happened? It was dispensed with. It's almost as if it was put on the Titanic over there in Nuremberg and it sunk in the Atlantic, because the '50s and '60s became the gilded age of research in American medicine."
-- Allen M. Hornblum, Penn State alumnus, researcher and author of the books "Sentenced to Silence" (published by Penn State Press) and "Acres of Skin," both of which chronicle disturbing medical experiments performed from the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s on inmates in Holmesburg Prison, the largest of Philadelphia's county jails, which closed in 1995 after 110 years of operation. Hornblum, a Penn State alumnus, spoke with former Philadelphia prison inmate and medical test subject survivor Edward Anthony on the topic "Cold War Prison Experimentation in America," Friday, Nov. 7, at the Nittany Lion Inn, as part of the Penn State Forum Speaker Series.
They say that life imitates art. Sometimes this maxim proves eerily true. On March 16, 1979, Americans poured into movie theaters to watch an exciting new thriller called The China Syndrome. The plot? Human error leads to a catastrophic nuclear disaster at the fictional Southern California "Ventana" power plant.