…photography history at the National Gallery of Canada, and the fine art of discoverability.
In December 2015, forty specialists in photography and its history in Canada gathered for a workshop at the National Gallery of Canada. Read more…
UAP and UAlberta North staff cooperated on a fine event to celebrate Winter Solstice on December 15, 2015. UAlberta North invited members of the broader community, faculty, researchers, and students to an informal gathering, and UAP joined them to present our first book acquired under the umbrella of CCI Press and published as our first Polynya Press title. Idioms of Sámi Health and Healing [Barbara Helen Miller, Editor] is the second book in the Patterns of Northern Traditional Healing Series.
There were three special speakers, Roger Epp [Director, Ualberta North], Linda Cameron [Director, University of Alberta Press], and Earle Waugh [Series Editor, Patterns of Northern Traditional Healing Series]. A running slideshow with photos and descriptions of recent research projects rounded out the program.
The venue was the NINT Building (AKA the Nano Building). Lighting was reminiscent of the northern lights and a fine spread of food and drink fostered conversation. All in all, it was a great event done with great partners. We hope to do it again next year with our next Polyna Press title.
UAlberta North’s official launch will be on February 1, 2016. Door open at 4:15 pm.
I went home the other night wondering if I was part of a (hypothetical) wave of anti-Jewish sentiment that was sweeping the globe.
I had mentioned that the University of Alberta Press had just published a book called Apartheid in Palestine: Hard Laws and Harder Experiences. Before the conversation even got rolling however, my acquaintance told me that we would have to agree to disagree.
Normally, I’m happy to do so. By nature and nurture and by virtue of birth order, I am generally happy to stay away from controversy and strife.
Indeed, I am not sure how I got on my high school debate team. Perhaps it was because I could not say “no” to a friend, or the hard-charging coach. Being on the debate team was great training, however. It taught me to do my research, understand the key points on each side, and engage with difficult issues, especially ones where there are no clear or easy solutions. In debate, “agreeing to disagree” does not advance our understanding of a particular problem.
My debate training made me go home thinking about how I would engage, more usefully, if the opportunity came my way again. So here are some key points about Apartheid in Palestine:
All manner of injustices are experienced in the world: here at home, in war zones, and in refugee camps. I think we should talk about all of them, and listen with empathy to points made on all sides. With passion, yes, but also with understanding and openness.
If you want to engage in conversation with us and Ghada Ageel, the Edmonton book launch for Apartheid in Palestine is on January 28, 2016 from 3:30 to 6 pm at the H.M. Tory Building, B-87. All are welcome.
You might have received a notice about our Spring 2016 catalogue, or received a printed copy. If not, you can download it from our website. Two titles from the catalogue are already on our bookshelves; look for them at your favourite independent bookstore.
Here is the Director’s Message from our newest catalogue.
Once in a while something unusual, something special happens. For the University of Alberta Press team the happening was a generous and thoughtful gift from the late Robert Kroetsch’s family. The gift consisted of books from Robert’s personal library. As we contemplated the windfall we decided that some of the books would be donated to various literature-related charity events. Others would be used for promotional purposes like giveaways on the popular CKUA radio show The Road Home hosted by Bob Chelmick. And we agreed that Press team members, all of whom cared very much for Robert Kroetsch and his work, could take their pick of some of the titles as a way of remembering him. He was so special to us, and we were very grateful to publish several works from this western Canadian, Governor General’s Award–winning author.
In August we were pleased to host Peter Berkery, Executive Director of the American Association of University Presses (AAUP). It was, as far as I know, the first visit of an AAUP executive director to the University of Alberta Press. Along with colleagues from Athabasca University Press, we engaged in conversation with Peter about the role of AAUP and the future of university presses. We didn’t resolve anything so much as agree that just as the medium of dissemination has changed to embrace the digital world, so too are we required to examine our role and to keep seeking new methods and new partners in our efforts to disseminate scholarship.
The University of Alberta Press, its authors and books continue to shine. We are excited to have won the Alberta Publisher of the Year Award. Turn to page 13 to see our latest awards.
Lastly, let me welcome a new distribution partner: CIUS Press. Several publications from the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies are noted on page 12.
Linda D Cameron