LSU Press Director MaryKatherine Callaway Addresses International Conference at the University of São Paulo

11/15/2012 03:20 PM

BATON ROUGE – On Nov. 8, LSU Press Director MaryKatherine Callaway represented LSU Press at the international symposium “Books & Universities” in São Paulo, Brazil.

The week-long symposium celebrated Editora da Universidade de São Paulo, or EDUSP, publisher for the University of São Paulo and one of the largest university presses in Brazil and marked EDUSP’s 50th year in publishing. The symposium provided a “forum for discussion and exchange of experiences among book professionals, particularly from major colleges.”

Callaway was invited to speak on “University Presses and the Challenges of Scholarly Publishing” to an audience of more than a hundred people, including administrators, faculty and students from the University of  São Paulo and other publishers from Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and the United States. Remarks were made in Portuguese, French, or English and simultaneously translated for the audience. Callaway discussed ways in which LSU Press is meeting the challenges of the current academic publishing environment and noted ways that a central association like the Association of American University Presses can assist scholarly publishers.

As the closing speaker, her presentation followed talks by André Schiffrin, founder and director of The New Press; Andrew Brown, managing director of Cambridge University Press; Garret P. Kiely, director of the University of Chicago Press; and John Donatich of Yale University Press. Speakers in all languages championed the need for constant dialogue among university publishers worldwide.  The full conference program is available online.

In 2003, Callaway was named director of LSU Press, which has since published its fourth Pulitzer Prize winner, three National Book Award Finalists, and received dozens of other book awards. She has also served two terms on the board of the Association of American University Presses, and she led that organization as its president in 2011-2012.

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Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012