Jennifer L. Roberts Awarded the 29th Annual Eldredge Prize by the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Congratulations to Jennifer L. Roberts on winning the Smithsonian American Art Museum‘s 29th Annual Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship for her book, Transporting Visions: The Movement of Images in Early America.

The jurors wrote in a joint statement:

“Roberts’s adventurous account provides an exciting indication of where the field of American art is going as it pushes analysis of visual material into new terrain.”

UC Press is incredibly proud of this recognition in particular, and the continued acknowledgement of our American Art History publishing program by the Eldredge Prize: we have now won this distinguished award a total of nine times.

Jennifer L. Roberts is Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. She teaches American art from the colonial period to the present, with particular focus on issues of landscape, expedition, material culture theory, and the history of science, and is the author of Mirror-Travels: Robert Smithson and History and Jasper Johns/In Press: The SI-207-2017 2 Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print.



Shelley Stamp Wins Prize for Work in Media and History from IAMHIST

Shelley Stamp’s acclaimed book, Lois Weber in Early Hollywood, recently won the juried 2017 Michael Nelson Prize from the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST).

The prize is awarded biennially to the book “making the best contribution on the subject of media and history “, and the names of the winners will be published in the association’s Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television as well as displayed in the universities of teaching members of IAMHIST.

Lois Weber in Early Hollywood is an essential addition to histories of silent cinema, early filmmaking in Los Angeles, and women’s contributions to American culture.”—IAMHIST 2017

Congratulations to Shelley for this recognition—she will be accepting the prize at the 2017 IAMHIST conference in Paris.

Shelley Stamp is author of Movie-Struck Girls: Women and Motion Picture Culture after the Nickelodeon; coeditor of American Cinema’s Transitional Era: Audiences, Institutions, Practices; and founding editor of Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal. She is Professor of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and she is also editor of Feminist Media Histories, published by UC Press.

Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta Wins First Prize in AAM’s Museum Publications Design Competition

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Published in association with the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, UC Press is proud to announce that Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta was recently awarded First Prize in the 2016 Museum Publications Design Competition from the American Alliance of Museums.

We are especially gratified to be recognized amid such excellent company, and congratulate all of the museums with publications the competition, including Second Prize winners The Jewish Museum, NY, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Honorable Mentions for The Freer|Sackler, The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art, the National Gallery of Art, and many others.

As the only national juried competition of its kind, the competition recognizes superior execution and ingenuity in the graphic design of museum publications. Winners are chosen for their overall design excellence, creativity and ability to express an institution’s personality, mission, or special features.

The first book-length treatment of Mendieta’s moving-image practice, this richly illustrated catalogue presents a series of sequential color stills from each of twenty-one original Super 8 films that have been newly preserved and digitized in high definition for the exhibition, combined with related photographs, and reference still images from all of the artist’s 104 filmworks; together these illustrations sample the full range of the artist’s film practice from 1971 to 1981. The book includes Mendieta’s first published comprehensive filmography resulting from three years of collaborative research conducted by the Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection and the University of Minnesota as well as original essays by John Perreault, Michael Rush, Rachel Weiss, Lynn Lukkas, Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, and Laura Wertheim Joseph.

To learn more about Ana Mendieta’s film work, watch a video interview with the artist’s niece, Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, who also contributed an essay for the catalogue.

First prize winners in the competition will be featured in a special section of the November/December issue of Museum.

This exceptional catalogue was also selected for The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation’s long list for the Best Moving Image Book Award from the British Journal of Photography.

Recognition from the Theatre Library Association

UC Press is proud to have been recognized by the Theatre Library Association‘s 2015 Book Awards.

Lois Weber in Early Hollywood by Shelley Stamp was awarded a Special Jury Prize for the 2015 Richard Wall Award, for an exemplary work in the field of recorded performance.

In order to distinguish the Theatre Library Association’s awards from other associations that focus on theoretical scholarship, jurors are asked to nominate only those books that provide evidentiary examples of an author’s use and interpretation of library/archival materials to support his/her topic. Library materials should be interpreted to mean any resources that libraries acquire—films, manuscripts, books, journals, reference books/databases, archives of ephemeral materials (e.g., newspapers, design sketches, playbills, posters)—in either their original format or in digital or other reproductions. As an association committed to furthering the advancement of archivists and librarians, as well as highlighting the diverse collections we maintain, the focus of TLA’s awards is on shining a light on the profession and the collections they make accessible and preserve.

Additionally, Menus for Movieland: Newspapers and the Emergence of Film Culture, 1913–1916, was a finalist for the 2015 Wall Award.

Congratulations to all the nominees and award-winners—we’re thrilled to be in such good company.

UC Press author Bill Foege has received one of thirteen Presidential Medals of Freedom

Congratulations to Bill Foege, author of House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox, for receiving one of thirteen Presidential Medals of Freedom–America’s highest civilian honor. Among other winners were Bob Dylan and Toni Morrison. In this C-Span video, Bill is the first recipient to walk out on the platform.

For more context regarding Bill’s work and the honor he just received, here’s a write-up on the award from KPIU’s Humanosphere site.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom announcement from the White House.

An interview posted on the Impatient Optimists blog through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation site.

Another interview conducted by the University of Washington School for Public Health

Congratulations again to Bill for the remarkable accomplishment.

Local Hero: Robin Grossinger

Congratulations to Robin Grossinger, author of the Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas, for winning one of the coveted Bay Nature Local Hero awards. Robin was recognized in the Environmental Educator category.

Robin is the Senior Scientist and Director at the Historical Ecology Project of the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

In the words of Bay Nature publisher David Loeb: “Robin creates compelling and revealing portraits of how the Bay Area has changed over the past two and a half centuries and his work has had a profound impact on how we perceive, and interact with, our present-day landscapes.”

Cynthia Enloe Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Cynthia Enloe, a research professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University, has been honored with the Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement in Peace Studies Award.

Granted by the Peace and Justice Studies Association, the award recognizes Enloe for her work as a “scholar-activist” in gender studies and international politics, which has been used widely in peace studies. As her website summarizes, Enloe’s scholarship “has focused on the interplay of women’s politics in the national and international arenas, with special attention to how women’s labor is made cheap in globalized factories. . . and how women’s emotional and physical labor has been used to support government’s war-waging policies.” Enloe’s most recent book, Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War (2010), elaborates on these themes by detailing the experiences of eight women—four Iraqis and four Americans—over the course of the Iraq war.

An accomplished author, Enloe’s published works include The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire (2004), Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives (2004), and Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (2001).

The Labor of Luck relies on Scholarship to win Prestigious Award

Jeff Sallaz’s book The Labor of Luck: Casino Capitalism in the United States and South Africa has recently been honored with the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award, from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Labor and Labor Movements.

The award goes to a book that exemplifies the best research into “unions as social movements, work and family, international labor movements, immigration and work/unions, politics and unions, workers’ culture, and comparative/historical work” according to the association’s website.

UC Press last won the award in 2005 for author Steven Henry Lopez’s Reorganizing the Rust Belt: An Inside Study of the American Labor Movement.

In The Labor of Luck, Sallaz looks at the casino industries in South Africa and Las Vegas to discover widely different practices. The “Vegas experience,” he concludes, involves a variety of systems regulating labor, capital, and consumers which makes the experience un-replicable.

Steven Henry Lopez, Ohio State University and author of Reorganizing the Rust Belt: An Inside Study of the American Labor Movement calls Sallaz’s account “astonishing in its scope, ranging effortlessly from the minutiae of shop floor life to the heights of comparative national political and economic history, from breezily personal (and often amusing) to a brilliant reconstruction of social theory.”

Sallaz is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona.