Scholarly Publishing at the Crossroads

Why does the University of Pennsylvania, like its peer institutions, have a press—a largely independent publisher of scholarly books, most of them not written by Penn faculty or affiliates? What role have the university presses played in American intellectual and academic life over the course of the past century, and what are the factors—institutional, financial, and technological—that seem to be driving their transformation?

Jerry Singerman is Senior Humanities Editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press, where he is responsible for acquiring books in medieval, early modern, late ancient, literary, and Jewish studies and history of the book, among other fields. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and has taught at Bates College and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is a past recipient of Robert L. Kindrick–CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies awarded by the Medieval Academy of America, the only editor to be so honored.

We look forward to greeting you at this first lecture of the 2016-17 academic year.

Vivian Seltzer, Chair ASEF-PASEF Library Committee