[Milton-L] Fwd: [SHARP-L] Duquesne University Press closing

Nancy Charlton charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 4 10:34:58 EST 2017


Carol, you are right. I did have the antic disposition on when I wrote
that. But the question remains, how to most effectively protest the closing
of this and other university presses?


On Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 1:57 AM Carol Barton, PhD, CPCM <
cbartonphd1 at verizon.net> wrote:

> No need to overdramatize, Nancy. Books and tuition have gotten so
> expensive, and jobs for the educated so scarce, since the 2008 bailout of
> the "too-big-to-fails" at the expense of the too little to matters that a
> college education at somewhere like Duquesne is a luxury few can afford
> again. The last eight years have crippled what used to be the middle class.
>
>
>
> A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
> I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second
> time into things that I am most certain of the first time. -Josh Billings,
> columnist and humorist (21 Apr 1818-1885)
>
>
> Sent on a Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S® III--errors courtesy of Google
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Nancy Charlton
> Date:02/04/2017 2:43 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: John Milton Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Fwd: [SHARP-L] Duquesne University Press closing
>
> What would be the best way to go about it? Petition? Individual letters,
> calls, emails?
> It's hardly an issue for Pantsuit Nation, but the whole country is in a
> Resist mode.
>
> It seems that when the barbarians are at the gate the arts and the
> humanities are almost the first things to go.
>
> This situation may well be a falling domino in a concatenation aimed at
> sending us all into Chaos and Old Night.
>
> Nancy Charlton
>
> On Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 7:07 PM Sara van den Berg <vandens at slu.edu> wrote:
>
> I have written to the DU President's office, and sent a copy to Greg
> Benhisel, the English Dept. Chair, who replied saying that he and his
> colleagues are protesting the decision.  A few years ago, the University of
> Missouri Press was also scheduled for elimination but the decision was
> reversed after many people wrote in protest.  I hope that can happen again
> in this case.
>
> Sara van den Berg
>
> On Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 5:49 PM, Watt, James <jwatt at butler.edu> wrote:
>
> Friends:
>
>
> Without knowing anything about the source of the decision to 'shut down'
> the university press as a 'cost-cutting' measure, and in the absence of any
> information about faculty involvement in the decision, I have to register a
> strong suspicion that the origin of the idea and the way those having  it
> have chosen to 'inform' the faculty of its decision, is aimed at more than
> cost cutting.
>
>
> One can imagine asking faculty to assist the press in reducing its budget
> and considering alt. methods of publication including on-line digital texts
> that are still peer reviewed and carefully edited for example. And of
> outreach fund-raising to alumni, to specialty oranizations served by the
> press, and to authors on their list to rally in support of this long
> distinguished press. In a word, I smell a (very large) rat.  Can anyone
> give us more information about this?
>
>
> James Watt
>
> Allegra Stewart Professor of English (emeritus)
>
> Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
> ------------------------------
> *From:* milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu <milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu> on
> behalf of Carol Barton, Ph.D., CPCM <cbartonphd1 at verizon.net>
> *Sent:* Friday, February 3, 2017 3:52:48 PM
>
> *To:* John Milton Discussion List
> *Subject:* Re: [Milton-L] Fwd: [SHARP-L] Duquesne University Press closing
>
> I can’t help but remember how many young Miltonists AL gave their first
> big break (me included). e-Books and apathy . . . I hope people will
> petition as requested.
>
> Best to all,
>
> Carol Barton
>
> *From:* Schwartz, Louis <lschwart at richmond.edu>
> *Sent:* Friday, February 03, 2017 5:43 PM
> *To:* John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at richmond.edu>
> *Subject:* Re: [Milton-L] Fwd: [SHARP-L] Duquesne University Press closing
>
>
> This is very very bad news!
>
>
>
> Does anyone know when it actually goes into effect?
>
>>
> Louis
>
>
> ======================
> Louis Schwartz
> Professor of English
> Chair, Department of English
> University of Richmond
> Richmond, VA  23173
> (804) 289-8315
> lschwart at richmond.edu
> ------------------------------
> *From:* milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu <milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu> on
> behalf of Hannibal Hamlin <hamlin.hannibal at gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Friday, February 3, 2017 4:02 PM
> *To:* John Milton Discussion List
> *Subject:* [Milton-L] Fwd: [SHARP-L] Duquesne University Press closing
>
> I'm forwarding this email from Greg Barnhisel on the SHARP list, since it
> will be of obvious concern to Miltonists.
>
> Hannibal
>
>
>
> On Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 2:42 PM, Greg Barnhisel <gbarnhisel at verizon.net>
> wrote:
>
> SHARPists:
>
> The faculty of Duquesne University received an email today stating that
> the Duquesne University Press is being shut down in a cost-cutting measure.
>
> Duquesne University Press, founded in 1927, has long been one of the most
> important publishers of scholarly work on John Milton, John Donne, Emmanuel
> Levinas, and the phenomenological philosophical tradition. Its areas of
> emphasis reflected the scholarly strengths of the university’s faculty and
> the Spiritan Catholic mission of the university. It is deeply disappointing
> to me to learn that the press will be closed, and I know that many of you
> share this feeling.
>
> I would encourage those of you who have used DU Press books, published
> with the press, or work in the scholarly fields above, to contact the Press
> to offer your support and contact the university to protest this decision.
>
> A good contact would be:
>
> Peggy Eiseman, Assistant to Duquesne University President Ken Gormley
> eiseman at duq.edu
>
> Greg Barnhisel
> Co-Editor, *Book History*
> Dept. of English
> Duquesne University
> Pittsburgh, PA 15282
> USA
> @gbarnhisel
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> --
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