AAUP 2012 Chicago June 18-20

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AAUP 2012

June 18-20



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In This Issue
A Guide to Chicago
Getting Oriented
New and Featured Sessions Workshop
Chicago on the Page
Tweet-Up Chicago

Welcome: Registrants Newsletter Issue #3   

The AAUP 2012 Registrants Newsletter provides periodic updates, news, and tips to help you make the most of your attendance at AAUP 2012. You can expect notice of program changes, information about speakers, links to reports and white papers relevant to session topics, and much more.


Spotlight on Chicago 

"Da Great City of Chicago," as the first Mayor Daley put it, is an exciting locale for AAUP's annual meeting. Its central location makes it convenient for many AAUP members, and the city's many attractions prove a lure for those farther afield. The AAUP 2012 program holds more than enough interest to occupy us all, but there's always a few spare hours to explore!


A Guide to Chicago   

AAUP can tap into a wealth of local knowledge when visiting the Windy City: the University of Chicago Press, Northwestern University Press, and Northern Illinois University Press. These local hosts have generously shared their inside knowledge of the city we'll call home for a few short days in June-from food to drink to clubs to kids' activities-in an AAUP 2012 Chicago Guide.


You can browse the Guide online or download a PDF version. (There will be some hard copies available onsite in June, generously designed and printed by Northwestern UP.)


Here's a taste of what the Guide--and the city--has to offer:


Food, Glorious Food!


Whether you are a foodie, a vegan, a fast-food connoisseur, or just need to find a convenient, reasonable bite to eat, Chicago can accommodate. The locals share their personal favorites, from tapas bar Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba to friendly French café Pierrot Gourmet.


Chicago is also well-known for certain dining options: deep-dish pizza, Chicago dogs, and celebrity chefs. The Guide will point you to the best of these. If your heart was set on eating at the Obamas' favorite restaurant Topolobampo, or Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard's locavore hotspot Girl & the Goat, you may be disappointed--reservations fill up faster than the conference hotel did. But you can always fall back on "Encased Meat Emporium" Hot Doug's for a true taste of the city!


Entertainment for All


Traveling with Kids: 

Our Guide provides a hot tip for accompanied parents: Little Beans Cafe may be a cab ride away from the Holiday Inn, but with free Wifi for you and a large, fun playspace for smaller folk, it might be the perfect locale for finishing up a presentation while entertaining the kids. There are more suggestions of parks and museums, if you have additional time with your family in Chicago.


For Something Completely Different:

Perhaps you are the one who needs a large, fun playspace? Try Vision Nightclub, a mega-club near the hotel, and "not for the faint-hearted." Or perhaps you are in the mood for some jazz or blues--music the city is known for. Soak in different kinds of legends at Buddy Guy's blues venue, or Al Capone's hangout the Green Mill.

Sears Tower
Photo: Choose Chicago


Art & Architecture:

Chicago's skyline is recognizable the world over and the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a number of excellent tours. Or head to Oak Park and Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio museum.


Museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art are centers of fine art through the ages, and well worth a visit.

Getting Oriented 

You'll find the Transportation section of the Chicago Guide very helpful, and there are several more maps and Chicago Apps available through the AAUP 2012 site. For reference, the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza is adjacent to the Merchandise Mart.


Loop Map 

Top 10 Attractions 

Chicago Apps and Tourism Information  


New and Featured Sessions   

Although Chicago is a phenomenal city, it's not why we'll all be gathered there. The program for AAUP 2012 is the big attraction for the week. Here are a couple of concurrent sessions that each promise a great deal of interest:


The Georgia State Decision: Implications for Publishers

New! 3:30 PM, Wednesday, June 20

Linda Steinman of Davis Wright Tremaine will walk us through the lengthy and complicated ruling recently issued in the lawsuit against Georgia State University's e-reserves practices. This is sure to have a lasting impact on the academic community, and expert guidance on the possibilities will be invaluable.


Chicago Media Panel: Publicity

3:30 PM, Wednesday, June 20

Chair Michael Roux, University of Illinois Press, will introduce university presses to panelists from local media-including the Tribune, Chicago Reader, WBEZ, Booklist, and PopMatters. Speakers will discuss what they look for in book coverage and how to best pitch books and stories to Midwest media. This is local knowledge!


Chicago on the Page    

Chicago is a storied town, a source of inexhaustible fascination to authors and scholars. The university presses of Illinois present a rich seam of Chicago history, memoir, fiction, and groundbreaking urban and political studies for interested readers to mine.


University of Chicago Press

Chicago publishes widely in the subjects of Chicago and Illinois, and browsing the list is an education in itself. For a true Chicago classic to dive into before the meeting, try Nelson Algren's Chicago: City on the Make


University of Illinois Press

The press is a regional hothouse, publishing series on Chicago, Illinois, and Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest. For insight into an infamous seamier side of the city, check out the recent title Organized Crime in Chicago: Beyond the Mafia by Robert M. Lombardo.


Northern Illinois University Press

Northern Illinois publishes a list on Chicago and the Midwest that presents something for every type of interest. For high culture, readers can review 150 Years of Opera in Chicago, but the ornithologists among us will probably want to get a hold of A Birder's Guide to the Chicago Region.


Northwestern University Press

Find great Chicago history and tales of Chicago lives on Northwestern's list. The two-volume landmark Bridges of Memory by Timuel Black is a compelling oral history of the first great black migration to Chicago and the generation that followed.

Tweet-Up Chicago    

@susanmpls and @kybookmarketer (Susan Doerr of Minnesota and John Hussey of Kentucky) will host an #aaup12 tweet-up Tuesday, June 19, from 9 to 11 PM at the New Line Tavern. Put a face to a handle!



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