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Hot Off the Press

How do you publish a scholarly book? Hot Off the Press is a lecture/workshop opportunity to learn about the publishing process and network with faculty and graduate students from a variety of disciplines at Northwestern.



Hot Off the Press 2023

Jason Weidemann

Editorial Director
University of Minnesota Press

Friday, April 14, 2023 (two events)

As part of the Kaplan Humanities Institute's ongoing commitment to help humanities faculty and graduate students in their research endeavors, Kaplan will host notable editor Jason Weidemann, Editorial Director at University of Minnesota Press, for two targeted events on the academic publishing process: 1) A breakfast for graduate students and 2) a lunch for faculty.

Weidemann acquires books in anthropology, Asian studies, media studies, geography, interdisciplinary Native and Indigenous studies, and sociology, and he is also head of the Press’s scholarly journals.

Graduate Student Breakfast
Friday, April 14, 2023
9:00 - 10:00 am
Kresge #2350 (Kaplan Institute)

Space is limited; please register for this event here:

How might humanities scholars get books published? Join us for this breakfast conversation with Jason Weidemann on the publishing process and its practicalities. This event is offered first-come/first-served to all Northwestern graduate students in the humanities. RSVP is required.

Faculty Lunch
Friday, April 14, 2023
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Kresge #2350 (Kaplan Institute)

Space is limited; please register for this event here:

Jason Weidemann will be in conversation with Kaplan Interim Director Kelly Wisecup. Together they will discuss—and offer advice for faculty about—the publishing process and promoting work to editors: prepping and pitching manuscripts; best practices for engaging academic presses; practical advice for organizing book proposals, scheduling time, and planning years out.

Lunch will be served, and there will be plenty of time for questions! 


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Past "Hot Off the Press" Events

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