Book Signing by Dr. Joseph Congeni

Dr. Joseph Congeni recently published his book Cleveland’s Bitter Pill: A Diagnosis of Injured Title Dreams and Die-Hard fans with the University of Akron Press.  He will be doing a book signing at The University of Akron Student Union Bookstore on Thursday, November 5.

The book, which is a commentary on the resilience of Cleveland sports fans and the misery and heartbreak of Cleveland sports as told through injury and set-backs, is a provocative and informative read that sports enthusiasts would love. The book covers over fifty incidents of heartbreak, highlighting the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Browns, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Save the University of Akron Press

Please go here and join the voices of scholarship.

Also see: BRAINS before Beans. Join us at the event.

Thank you for your support.

A Press is a terrible thing to waste!

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States’ Rights and Wrongs: Obamacare and Gay Rights.

Union and States’ Rights…delivers a rare treat for American historians: thoughtful considerations on the abstruse but important ideas of interposition, nullification, and secession by leading constitutional scholars. Any historian who would like to have a thoughtful answer for the perennial student questions relating to states’ rights and southern history—Was secession constitutional in 1861? Is nullification legal today? What did the Founders think of interposition? and so on—will do well to consult Union and States’ Rights. Every essay brings forth interesting observations, startling facts, and greater understanding of the three states’ rights ghosts that have haunted the Union since 1787.

From The Journal of Southern History, Volume LXXXI, No. 1, February 2015.
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Lake View: Barney Taxel’s photo meditation on Cleveland’s landmark cemetery

Press book gets rave review. Go here and see!

Congratulation Mr. and Mrs. Taxel!

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Say Goodbye to the Cleveland Sport’s Curse

congeni03-01Now that the Cavs are in the NBA finals, will a championship come to town? It’s been a long drought since the Browns won it all in 1964. A first-class postage stamp cost five cents then, but who mails letters these days anyway. And the local pay phone call went for ten cents. But Superman can’t even find a phone booth anymore. And the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. Ancient history.

That’s how long it has been. But maybe, just maybe, Euclid Avenue will be filled with Clevelanders watching LeBron James and his teammates parade downtown as NBA champions. If you don’t know how heartbreaking Cleveland sports fans have had it, you have to read this and weep.

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The Holidays are Here and I

The holidays are here and I’ve put together a little list of the gifts that most university press directors might want. I’m not sure if all of these items are readily available, but maybe some innovator will find the time to manufacture them.  Or perhaps, the Association of American University Presses will create a new research division to prototype and license some of them. After all, we need some new ideas every day!

  1. The End All and Be All Nano-Editor. This magnificent organism bonds with manuscripts submitted by scholars, a few of whom can write, and automatically digests the content, re-animates it into understandable chunks, and outputs the content into digital streams readable on all e-book platforms.  Or as one intern who worked at The University of Akron Press said – “I didn’t know you had to correct so many things from professors.”
  2. The Administrative Artificial Intelligence Robotron – A full-fledged, economically priced, artificially intelligent android that can answer questions like
    1. “So what do you do at the university press?”
    2. “Is this where I call to gripe about my professor?’
    3.  “Why don’t you publish books that sell?”
    4. “People still read?”
  3. The Full Body Proposal Scanner. A device that detects inane proposal before they can enter the front door of the Press. Depending on the specific technology, the scanner can turn away proposals from authors who
    1. have discovered a numerical pattern in the bible that foretells world destruction;
    2. have found a new set of micro-elements that a friend detected while drinking his seventh latte at Starbucks; and
    3. have uncovered a box containing letters from a twelfth-century mystic that debunks all of word history
  4. The Crown of Design Sense and Sensibility.  A remarkable product, based on galvanic principles, that, when placed on an author’s head, eliminates all interest in book design including dispelling the notion that a snapshot of the author with his or her parent’s at Machu Picchu is perfect for a monograph that deals with American elections.
  5. The Editorial Board Buzzer Beater. A small instrument that sends powerful waves to the brain’s pleasure center, and is especially useful in situations when one board member has objections to a project because he/she wants to play devil’s advocate, or she/he doesn’t like the spelling of the author’s first name.  The device needs to be used carefully because it could cause perpetual joy.

Of course we all need more money, but that will be under the next year’s budget tree.

Happy Holidays

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Why Peer-Review is a Necessity!

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October 7, 2013 · 12:05 pm