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Saturday, October 28 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
#LookItUP: Knowledge Matters

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In a time when doubt is cast on people with expertise in their given field, and “fake news” is on the rise, what value do facts still have in our society? The answer: a lot. Books have always stood as a bulwark of truth in a world that sometimes abuses facts. University press publishers stand at the forefront of the fight against fake news—believing in the value of accurate, peer-reviewed knowledge and publishing approximately fourteen thousand books each year from the world’s leading thinkers, writers, and scholars. As our world seeks to understand what is at stake in daily confrontations of politics, culture, and personal values, historians and other scholars provide the documentation and expert analysis that helps shape our public debate. This panel—made up of authors Tom Nichols (The Death of Expertise, Oxford University Press) and Marilynn Johnson (The New Bostonians, UMass Press), along with Brian Halley of UMass Press and moderator Amy Brand, director of MIT Press—will discuss why scholarship and research are more important than ever before in book publishing, how following the facts as an author or scholar might lead you to different conclusions than you expected, and why these qualities are being questioned by some today. Join us for a dialogue in conjunction with the Association of American University Presses and University Press Week (November 6–11) and share your thoughts using the hashtag #LookItUP.


Moderators
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Amy Brand

Director, MIT Press
Amy Brand was named Director of the MIT Press in July 2015. Previously, she served as VP Academic and Research Relations and VP North America at Digital Science. From 2008 to 2013, Brand worked at Harvard University, first as Program Manager of the Office for Scholarly Communicat... Read More →

Presenters
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Brian Halley

Brian Halley is senior editor at the University of Massachusetts Press, based at UMass Boston. He acquires in American studies, gender and sexuality studies, environmental studies, literary studies, and regional titles. He just finished a three-year term on the Board of Directors... Read More →
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Marilynn Johnson

Marilynn Johnson is a professor of history at Boston College, where she teaches modern US urban and social history. She received her PhD in history at New York University and has taught at Southern Methodist University and the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at MIT.  Her research focuses on migration, urban social relations, and violence. Her books include The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay in World War II (1993) and Street Justice: A History of Police Violence in New York City... Read More →
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Tom Nichols

Tom Nichols is a professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College and a professor at the Harvard Extension School. He is also an adjunct professor in the U.S. Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies and at the Harvard Extension School. Previously, he taught international relations and Soviet/Russian affairs at Dartmouth College and Georgetown University. In Washington, Nichols was personal staff for defense and security affairs in the United States Senate to the late Sen. John Heinz of Pennsylvania, and was a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He is currently a senior associate of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA