Over the weekend of May 4th and 5th, tens of thousands of readers gathered in downtown Berkeley, California, for the long-awaited Bay Area Book Festival. Hundreds of authors and speakers shared words of wisdom with eager fans in crowded auditoriums, with a free outdoor fair of rows of white-tipped tents showcasing publishers, literary organizations, authors…
We are doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences, and we are writing to express our unwavering support for the continued, renewable funding of Stanford University Press and the establishment of a major endowment such as that of Harvard and Princeton University Presses. We strongly believe that SUP should be a necessary item in Stanford’s budget, just as our Ivy League peer institutions have done with their own academic presses.
In an email to faculty members, Provost Drell announced that up to $1.7 million dollar funds would be made available to the Stanford University Press in fiscal year 2020. Her message followed outcry from Stanford faculty members and affiliates, after Drell’s announcement at Friday’s Faculty Senate meeting that a funding application from the Press had been rejected.
I am writing to you as a scholar of the Holocaust and as a two-time Stanford University Press author. I was distressed to read this past week in various news sources that you plan to significantly cut support for the press. According to those who work closely with SUP, this cut could lead to the demise of one of the nation’s premier outlets for academic scholarship. It is difficult for me to understand how one of the world’s richest educational institutions could be so shortsighted as to risk such a dire outcome, even in a budget year that you have described as “tight.” I am writing in the hope that you can still be convinced to reverse this misguided decision and save the reputation of your university.
Stanford University Press, the oldest press in the western United States, has been denied its request for annual funding for the next five years.
Two Stanford students have recently acquired respective deals with two publishing houses to publish novels that both wrote during their time as students at Stanford.
On the fence of the Stanford football practice field hangs a banner that reads, “You are either getting better or you are getting worse; you never stay the same.” The Stanford Daily will live by that mantra this volume, even if most of our staffers can’t throw a football that remotely resembles a spiral.