Press Highlights

>> May 7, 2020 - 10:39am

Our mission at Georgetown University Press is to publish books that enable readers to reach across barriers, both locally and globally, in order to engage with one another. To that end, we’ve compiled this list of recent titles that are sure to inspire, inform, and enlighten. See something you like? Take 30% off and enjoy free shipping on all books purchased here on our website, now through June 30.

Local

The Capital of Basketball by John McNamara is the first comprehensive history of DC-area high school hoops. Full of illustrations and rich detail, it is a celebration of basketball.

DC Jazz, edited by Maurice Jackson & Blair Ruble, uncovers the pivotal role the nation’s capital has played for jazz for a century.

In Spy Sites of New York City and Spy Sites of Washington DC, H. Keith Melton & Robert Wallace reveal the secret the secret espionage history of these major American cities through over 400 entries on the places where spies have lived and worked throughout American history.

First published in 1991, Black Georgetown Remembered chronicles and celebrates the rich but little-known history of the Georgetown black community from the colonial period to the present.

Global

In To Catch a Spy, former chief of CIA counterintelligence James Olson takes the reader into the arcane world of counterintelligence and provides a guide for how our country can do a better job of protecting its national security and trade secrets.

In The Russian Understanding of War, Oscar Jonsson analyzes the evolution of Russian military thought and how Russia’s current thinking about war is reflected in recent crises.

In Humanity in Crisis, David Hollenbach, SJ, examines the refugee crisis and asks what our more obligations are to help those in need.

Russia, BRICS, and the Disruption of Global Order by Rachel Salzman tells the story of why Russia broke with the West, how BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) came together, why the group is emblematic of Russia’s challenge to the existing global order, and how BRICS has changed since its debut.

Everyday Ethics, edited by Michael Lamb and Brian A. Williams, examines ethics through the practices of everyday life. 

Georgetown University Press publishes approximately forty new books per year, as well as three journals, with an active list of almost 1,000 titles. These publications primarily service a global audience of higher education teachers and students and the scholarly community, and many also reach the general reading public. Our content and our pedagogy help to unite people across different cultures speaking different languages and illuminates, clarifies, and responds to some of the world's most difficult questions and challenges. These works, written by an international group of authors representing a broad range of intellectual perspectives, focus on international affairs, languages & linguistics, religion & ethics, and topics related to the Washington, DC, region.

>> May 6, 2020 - 10:20am

As coronavirus continues to spread, many schools are shifting classes online in an effort to protect their students and staff. But if your class is not lecture-based and requires student interaction, this can present a lot of challenges. Teaching Languages in Blended Synchronous Learning Classrooms is your essential guide for a smooth transition. University of Chicago senior lecturer Alba Girons and instructional technologist Nicholas Swinehart provide useful tips, strategies, and notes for teaching language in blended synchronous learning (BSL) environments that can be adapted for classes in different subjects. Read on for a preview of the strategies in the book.

1.     Technology. Make sure you and your students know how to use the audio/video technology that is available. Provide a tutorial and/or videos if possible and make sure everyone is aware of any back up options such as email or chat. Provide protocols on “What to do if…” for common issues that may arise.

2.     Preparation. Make sure your students have access to any video and audio files so they can access them on their own. Provide them with a class plan or a list of activities so if something goes wrong with the communication technology they can continue working independently.

3.     Student attention. When addressing students, alternate between addressing those in class with you and those who are working remotely to balance interactions between the two groups. Be sure to provide students with one-on-one time and attention, including through online office hours if possible.

4.     After class. Use email to follow up with students after class both to establish bonds that are harder to develop remotely and to make sure they have everything they need.

For more guidance on transitioning to teaching online, check out Teaching Languages in Blended Synchronous Learning Classrooms by Alba Girons and Nicholas Swinehart.

Georgetown University Press publishes approximately forty new books per year, as well as three journals, with an active list of almost 1,000 titles. These publications primarily service a global audience of higher education teachers and students and the scholarly community, and many also reach the general reading public. Our content and our pedagogy help to unite people across different cultures speaking different languages and illuminates, clarifies, and responds to some of the world's most difficult questions and challenges. These works, written by an international group of authors representing a broad range of intellectual perspectives, focus on international affairs, languages & linguistics, religion & ethics, and topics related to the Washington, DC, region.

>> September 17, 2018 - 3:15pm

WASHINGTON D.C.— Georgetown University Press is pleased to announce the appointment of Alfred (Al) Bertrand as the new Director of Georgetown University Press. He replaces Richard Brown, who left Georgetown in October 2017 after almost 17 years. GUP extends appreciation to Hope LeGro for her service and leadership as Interim Director for the past year.

Bertrand arrives at Georgetown after having spent the last eight years at Princeton University Press. First as Publishing Director for Europe, Bertrand led European publishing operations from 2010 to 2013, then transitioned to become Associate Publishing Director. In this role, he drove efforts to expand global reach, increase revenue and establish a presence in China. Most recently, he served as the press’s Editor-in-Chief, leading editorial efforts and expanding international authorship.

Prior to joining Princeton University Press, Bertrand served as Editorial Director for John Wiley and Sons in Oxford. He began his career with Blackwell Publishing in 1999 as Commissioning Editor for Classical Studies and Ancient History. Bertrand has a Masters of Arts in Classics from Princeton University and received a bachelor’s in history from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Bertrand shares, “I'm honored to be the next director of Georgetown University Press.  Georgetown University Press is known for the excellence of its authors and its staff.  I'm delighted to be a part of this tradition. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Georgetown and Washington, DC, communities as we together create a future that embodies Georgetown's mission of service to others.”

Georgetown University Press publishes approximately forty new books per year, as well as three journals, with an active list of almost 1,000 titles. These publications primarily service a global audience of higher education teachers and students and the scholarly community, and many also reach the general reading public. Our content and our pedagogy help to unite people across different cultures speaking different languages and illuminates, clarifies, and responds to some of the world's most difficult questions and challenges. These works, written by an international group of authors representing a broad range of intellectual perspectives, focus on international affairs, languages & linguistics, religion & ethics, and topics related to the Washington, DC, region.

>> August 11, 2017 - 2:06pm

News Release: August 11, 2017

Hope LeGro to Become Interim Director of Georgetown University Press

WASHINGTON D.C.—Richard Brown, Director of Georgetown University Press, has decided to take a new position as Director of the University of South Carolina Press. He will be leaving the GU Press on October 6, 2017. 

Photo of Richard Brown, Director of Georgetown University PressDr. Brown arrived at GU Press in 2001. During his tenure, the Press sustained record revenues, the staff doubled in size, and the Press moved from the smallest category of university presses to its current medium-size status. Brown sharpened the Press’s editorial profile and under his leadership the Press published acclaimed lists in bioethics, international affairs, languages and linguistics, public management, religion and ethics and, more recently, regional titles. GU Press books have been translated and co-published in over twenty countries, including China, Russia, South Korea and India. During Brown’s tenure the Press added journals in international affairs and Arabic language instruction while establishing a substantial international presence, with distribution and sales partnerships in Europe, Asia, Australia-New Zealand, and the Middle East. In addition, GU Press books won dozens of awards in all of its subject areas for content and design, including numerous PROSE Awards from the Association of American Publishers/Professional Scholarly Publishing Division.

We at GU Press are most grateful for Dr. Brown’s dedicated and exemplary service to the Press. We congratulate him on his new position and wish him all the very best!

 

Photo of Hope LeGroHope LeGro, current director of the Georgetown Languages division and a seventeen-year veteran of GU Press, has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Director, effective October 7, 2017, to continue and expand the Press’s current initiatives. Ms. LeGro began in our Editorial, Design, and Production department and shifted to acquiring languages and linguistics titles in 2005. Ms. LeGro was essential to the development of our Georgetown Languages imprint. She has always pushed the Press to new publishing frontiers by implementing digital products like companion websites for textbooks. She has chaired the Press’s Publishing Committee meeting for several years and served on the Association of American University Presses’ Digital Committee for three years and as the committee’s chair for two years.

Georgetown University Press supports the research and academic mission of Georgetown University and expands the university’s engagement with the local community and the world by publishing peer-reviewed content for a diverse, global readership. These publications, spanning theory and practice and written by an international group of authors from a broad range of intellectual perspectives, focus on the following subjects: international affairs; languages & linguistics; religion & ethics; and topics related to the Washington, DC region.

>> May 15, 2017 - 12:28pm

The Door of No Return

By Richard Brown
Commonweal

I recently visited Elmina Castle with a group of fellow board members from the Theological Book Network, a nonprofit that facilitates the donation of scholarly books to libraries in the developing world, including Ghana. After we toured the castle church, our guide led us to the infamous “Door of No Return,” where black women and men and children had marched, chained and single file, onto awaiting slave ships. We lingered for a few excruciating minutes, then finished the tour before wandering in stunned silence toward the beach. The irony was not lost on us: all of these morally horrific activities were carried out within a fortress named for a martyr of the church who has been revered over the centuries by Christians and Muslims alike.

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