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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.

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Amy Brand

Director, The MIT Press
Amy Brand, PhD, is director of the MIT Press and co-founder of the MIT Knowledge Futures Group, which develops open knowledge infrastructure. She has played a seminal role in transformative scholarly communications initiatives such as ORCiD, CRediT, and Peer Review Transparency. Previously... Read More →

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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... 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... Read More →

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