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Flags and Faces: David Lubin on the Art of the First World War

David Lubin’s forthcoming book, Flags and Faces: The Visual Culture of America’s First World War, shows how American artists, photographers, and graphic designers helped shape public perceptions about World War I. In commemoration of Veterans Day, David Lubin shares the stories behind ten images in the book:

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Black against Empire Authors Win American Book Award

On Sunday, October 26 at the SF Jazz Center, Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin received the 2014 American Book Award for Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party. The book is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political [more...]

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Free Speech at 50: Mario Savio on What Makes Us Human

“To me, freedom of speech is something that represents the very dignity of what a human being is. . . . That’s what marks us off from the stones and the stars. You can speak freely. It is almost impossible for me to describe. It is the thing that marks us as just below the angels.”

—Mario Savio

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Bill Gates and David Christian Team Up to Bring Big History to the Masses

In a recent profile on Bill Gates, the New York Times explored the emerging subject of Big History, and Gates’ project with UC Press author David Christian to introduce Big History into high school curricula across the country. Christian, who pioneered the field, surveys the universe from the beginning of time to the present day in his book Maps of Time, [more...]

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UC Press Authors Speak at Gandhi as Lawyer Panel

Rajmohan Gandhi, Gandhi’s grandson and author of Gandhi, and Charles DiSalvo, author of M.K. Gandhi, Attorney at Law, along with the Hon. Sanjay Tailor (State of Illinois, Circuit Court of Cook County), recently spoke at a panel entitled “Gandhi as Lawyer” at the South Asian Bar Association (SABA)’s  annual conference. The panel explored this lesser [more...]

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"Brazil, always Brazil": Roger Kittleson on the World Cup's Team to Beat

As World Cup fervor gains intensity heading into the quarterfinals, we turn to the experts—namely Roger Kittleson, author of The Country of Football: Soccer and the Making of Modern Brazil—for some background on what the sport and the World Cup mean to the country of Brazil. The Country of Football is the second in our [more...]

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The Provocative History of Arnold Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw

In this guest post, UC Press author Joy H. Calico shares the origin story behind her new book, Arnold Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe. Calico was recently interviewed by the BBC’s Music Matters about her book and what the reception of Schoenberg’s work tells us about cultural attitudes. 

Guest post by Joy H. Calico

This book began life as a footnote.

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The Radical Roots of Pride Month

As we celebrate GLBT Pride Month, Executive Editor Niels Hooper looks back at the radical movements throughout history that expanded and redefined notions of gender and queer culture.

Guest post by Niels Hooper

June is traditionally Gay Pride or GLBT Pride month, and countless smaller towns—and Los Angeles— have already held their pride celebrations so as not to [more...]

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Albie Sachs Honored by Governor Jerry Brown

UC Press author Albie Sachs (L) with California Governor Jerry Brown (R)

Here is UC Press author Albie Sachs conversing with Governor Jerry Brown at a dinner honoring Sachs and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the transition to democracy in South Africa. His memoir, The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter, which recounts his recovery from being a victim of a bombing in Mozambique [more...]

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In Memoriam: Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen at the Miami Book Fair, 1991. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Author and naturalist Peter Matthiessen died on Saturday at the age of 86 after a fight with leukemia. Matthiessen is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including Sal Si Puedes (Escape If You Can): Cesar Chavez and the New American [more...]

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