The Ohio University Libraries Diversity Committee is pleased to announce that the Spring 2014 Culture Showcase will begin with a presentation by Gillian Berchowitz, Director of the Ohio University Press and Swallow Press imprint. Berchowitz will discuss the Press’s African Studies publishing program in a talk titled “Ohio University Press and African Studies Publishing: A 50-Year Journey.”
The talk will be at 2pm on Wednesday, February 19 in the Friends of the Libraries Room (Alden 319). The event is open to the public.
In her presentation, Berchowitz will trace Ohio University’s publishing program from 1964 to the present, from the publication of the Papers in International Studies published by the Center of African Studies to the cutting-edge book series that the press has developed in collaboration with the African studies Center and is known for internationally.
Berchowitz has been with the Ohio University Press since 1988, and took on the director position in 2013. She has developed Ohio University Press’s distinguished African Studies list and several scholarly series with a global emphasis, including the Series in Ecology and History, Perspectives on Global Health, the Indian Ocean Studies Series, New African Histories, the Ohio Short Histories of Africa, the Modern African Writing series, the Cambridge Centre of African Studies Series, Eastern and Western African Studies, and the Polish and Polish-American Studies Series.
The spring semester Culture Showcase theme celebrates 50 years of Ohio University’s relationship with Africa. Ohio University has had a long relationship with Africa; in its efforts to provide students with an understanding of the world it educates students about Africa. In 1964 President Vernon Alden established the Center for International Studies, African Studies was the first area studies program that began at the Center. The libraries’ has been a partner in this relationship with an extensive Africana collection to support the study of Africa, including depository collections for Botswana and Swaziland.