Newfound Press Publishes Joseph Bensman Essays

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large thumb coverThe latest book from the UT Libraries’ Newfound Press will be feted Thursday, February 5, at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center Program in Sociology.

From Joseph Bensman: Essays on Modern Society collects the essays of the renowned humanistic sociologist and includes a new, analytical introduction by the editors, Robert Jackall and Duffy Graham.

Joseph Bensman (1922-1986) was Distinguished Professor of Sociology at CUNY and a founding member of the CUNY Graduate Center’s doctoral program in sociology. The editors of From Joseph Bensman will be on hand at CUNY’s reception to deliver a brief remembrance of professor Bensman and to sign books.

Bensman was an observer of modern institutions, professions, and culture. From Joseph Bensman: Essays on Modern Society brings together some of his finest work, often done in collaboration with colleagues such as Arthur J. Vidich, Robert Lilienfeld, Bernard Rosenberg, and Israel Gerver.

In the introduction to the collection, Jackall and Graham identify Bensman’s trademark habits of mind: an analytical stance, fundamentally objective and dispassionate; a vigilant awareness of the reach and vitality of bureaucracy; an ability to discern intellectual problems in superficially unremarkable phenomena; attention to empirical detail and suspicion of theoretical abstractions; and appreciation of irony and unintended consequences.

Newfound Press, a digital imprint of the University of Tennessee Libraries, publishes peer-reviewed books and multimedia works. Newfound Press titles can be read online and are available for print-on-demand through UT Press.

Southern Anthropological Society
 proceedings online at Newfound Press: “Southern Foodways and Culture” is latest edition

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SoFoodwaysForaging for ramps, a sort of wild leek, is a springtime ritual for many families living in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The seasonal gathering, like many cultural traditions surrounding food, reinforces family bonds and community identity. Ramp gathering is one of the “foodways” examined in Southern Foodways and Culture: Local Considerations and Beyond, the proceedings of the Southern Anthropological Society (SAS) recently published online by Newfound Press.

The essays collected in Southern Foodways and Culture also address: political issues relating to obesity in the Arkansas Delta; Cherokee beliefs and uses of medicinal plants; food as a symbol and tool of power within prisons; and teaching anthropology through food.

SAS is a professional organization of anthropologists based in the American South. Members and participants are professional anthropologists, students, and laypersons with interests in any of the discipline’s four fields—archaeology, ethnology, biological anthropology, and linguistics. Geographical interests are not confined to the South but may range across the globe.

Each SAS volume published by Newfound Press is devoted to highlighting research on a particular topic featured at an annual meeting of the society. Southern Foodways and Culture, a selection of papers delivered at the 2007 conference, as well as SAS proceedings from 2008 and 2010, are available at

Robert Shanafelt, associate professor of anthropology at Georgia Southern University, is series editor of the Southern Anthropological Society Conference Proceedings. Shanafelt’s research and teaching interests include general anthropology, folklore, political anthropology, the anthropology of race and ethnicity, and the peoples of Africa.

The Southern Foodways and Culture volume was edited by Lisa J. Lefler, an applied medical anthropologist and director of the Culturally-Based Native Health Program at Western Carolina University.

Newfound Press is a digital imprint of the University of Tennessee Libraries in Knoxville, Tennessee. Newfound Press publishes peer-reviewed works that may have a limited and/or specialized audience, with a particular focus on works with interdisciplinary approaches and those relevant to Tennessee and the Southeast.

University of Tennessee Libraries joins community-driven project to found Library Publishing Coalition

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The University of Tennessee Libraries, in collaboration with more than 50 other academic libraries and the Educopia Institute, has joined a two-year project (2013-2014) to create the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). As one of the founding institutions, the UT Libraries will play an integral role in the design and implementation of the LPC.

Academic libraries and the researchers and organizations they support are facing a new paradigm in scholarly publishing. The web, information and social media technologies, and the Open Source and Open Access movements are changing the framework in which scholarship is created, collected, organized, and disseminated. Yet, as shown by the highly regarded, Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded Strategies for Success project (, library-based publishing groups lack a central space where they can meet, work together, share information, and confront common issues.

Through seed support from Educopia and participating institutions, the LPC project will engage practitioners to design a collaborative network that intentionally addresses and supports an evolving, distributed, and diverse range of library production and publishing practices.

During the first stage of the project, the LPC’s project team will document and evaluate how best to structure this initiative in order to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing for this field. The project team will produce several concrete deliverables, including:

    • Targeted research, building on existing broader surveys, that will focus on topics of particular interest to the community, including costs, staffing, and how libraries are financing these ventures.

    • Compilation of a directory of existing library publishing services, providing details including staff contacts, types of products produced, and software platforms utilized.

    • A forum for networking and sharing communications about library publishing services, including an annual event and ongoing virtual training and community-building activities.

    • The design and implementation of the Library Publishing Coalition as an ongoing, institutionally owned organization that serves the needs of this community.

Steven Escar Smith, Dean of Libraries at the University of Tennessee, notes that “the University of Tennessee is already a national leader in providing open access to our institution’s scholarship. Trace, our online archive of research and creative works, gives UT’s scholarship wider visibility and greater impact. And the UT Libraries’ digital imprint, Newfound Press, publishes works that are unlikely candidates for market-driven presses because of their narrow focus or innovative format. By joining the LPC, we will continue to work with other leading academic libraries to find new ways to lower costs and overcome other barriers to disseminating the products of scholarship.”

More information and a full list of participating institutions are available on the project website,

About Educopia

The Educopia Institute serves and advances the well-being of libraries, information/research centers, and their parent institutions by fostering the advancement of shared information systems and infrastructures. Educopia acts as a catalyst to assist and advise libraries and other closely affiliated cultural memory institutions in the creation of new digital means of preserving and providing access to scholarly communication and the cultural record in socially responsible ways.

Holly Mercer, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Research Services, University of Tennessee Libraries,, 865-974-6600

“The Fishes of Tennessee” Now Online

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FishesOfTennThe waters of Tennessee are home to about three hundred species of fishes, the most diverse collection of freshwater fauna of any state in the country.

Ecologists David Etnier and Wayne Starnes have documented Tennessee’s diversity of ichthyoid species in The Fishes of Tennessee, first published by the University of Tennessee Press in 1993. To accommodate requests for the popular textbook, which is currently out of print, UT Press and Newfound Press have made The Fishes of Tennessee available online.

David Etnier is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Wayne Starnes is curator of fishes and director of the research lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

The readable and authoritative Fishes of Tennessee was the first comprehensive study of the state’s fishes. Species accounts provide information on the classification, identification, biology, distribution, taxonomy, and current status of Tennessee’s fishes — many of which are endangered. Taxonomic keys provide readers with guides for distinguishing species. High-quality photographs, range maps, and drawings make identification and study a pleasurable experience.

The volume has been touted as one of the most detailed and comprehensive regional ichthyofaunal guides available. Its publication online by UT’s Newfound Press ( is a boon to all biologists, anglers, and nature enthusiasts.

Newfound Press Publishes 17th c. German Picaresque Novels

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BirdsNestThe University of Tennessee Libraries’ Newfound Press has published English language editions of two works from the 17th century picaresque novels of Hans Jacob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen. The Wondrous Bird’s Nest I, translated from the German by Robert L. Hiller and John C. Osborne, is an adaptation of the 1672 Das wunderbarliche Vogelsnest. The Wondrous Bird’s Nest II, translated by John C. Osborne, brings the second part (1675) of Grimmelshausen’s tale to the English reader.

Picaresque novels follow a rogue or naïf hero through fortunes and misfortunes, combining adventurous episodes with moral admonitions. More than an aimless tale of worldly adventures or mere social satire, The Wondrous Bird’s Nest I follows the narrator-hero’s inner journey to self-awareness and humility before God.

The hero, Michael, possesses an enchanted bird’s nest that makes the owner invisible, allowing him to observe actions and misdeeds that are hidden from others. Michael first lashes out in anger at miscreants then, motivated by a sense of justice, attempts to reward good and punish evil deeds –- all the while accidentally and thoughtlessly doing harm to others. Eventually, he realizes that there is a difference between man’s justice and God’s; only God can pass judgment. Michael casts away the bird’s nest and submits to God’s will.

At the end of Bird’s Nest I, the miraculous bird’s nest that Michael has torn into seventeen-hundred pieces is gathered by an army of industrious ants and reconstituted by a sorcerer. The nest falls into the hands of an extremely wealthy merchant who, in The Wondrous Bird’s Nest II, uses its powers to commit even greater wrongdoings than the feckless Michael.

Newfound Press earlier published Osborne’s translation of the first work in Grimmelshausen’s cycle of picaresque novels, Simplicissimus, long acclaimed as the first great German novel. Osborne’s translation, which won a University of Colorado Kayden Award for best literary translation of the year, has been praised for its deft mimicry of the complexity and exuberance of the 17th century original.

Hiller and Osborne published English translations of the second and third novels as The Runagate Courage (University of Nebraska Press, 1965) and The Singular Life Story of Heedless Hopalong (Wayne State University Press, 1981). With The Wondrous Bird’s Nest, they completed their translation of the five novels in the Simplician cycle.

Robert L. Hiller and John C. Osborne, both now deceased, were formerly professors of German at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

SOUTHERN MANUSCRIPT SERMONS BEFORE 1800 available in both book and database form

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lofaro_frontScholars of colonial America have a new tool for researching religious thought in the Southern colonies. Southern Manuscript Sermons before 1800: A Bibliography, edited by Michael A. Lofaro, is now available in both book and database form. Newfound Press has published the bibliography as a book, available at for online viewing or for print-on-demand. The University of Tennessee Libraries features a searchable database of the bibliography among its digital collections, available at

Southern Manuscript Sermons before 1800 is the first guide to the study of the manuscript sermon literature of the Southern colonies/states of Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The bibliography contains entries for over 1600 sermons by over a hundred ministers affiliated with eight denominations.

Richard Beale Davis began the bibliography in 1946 as part of his research for Intellectual Life in the Colonial South, 1585-1763, which won the National Book Award in history. Michael A. Lofaro, Lindsay Young Professor of American studies and American literature at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, took over the project in 1976, expanded the colonial entries (pre-1764), and added the period of 1764-1799. George M. Barringer contributed entries for Jesuit sermons. Sandra G. Hancock contributed those for Thomas Cradock.

Both the book and database contain in-depth descriptions of the sermons, over 90 percent of which are unknown. The database provides multiple avenues of access. Searches can be constructed and limited by single or combined criteria of author, repository, book of the Bible, date, state, denomination, keyword, and short title.

Scholars can employ both versions of this tool to construct a more complete picture of the Southern mind before 1800 and to reveal how that mind contributes to a national ethos. The bibliography will aid many disciplines — religion, cultural and American studies, history, literature, political science, sociology, psychology, etc. — and all those who wish to interpret the past and its effect upon the present. It will lead to a more balanced appraisal of American intellectual history by encouraging access to a large body of southern sermons to place alongside those of the northern and middle states for critical assessment.

Newfound Press Publishes Multimedia Work on Vietnam Vets

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harmon_frontNewfound Press announces the publication of a new multimedia work on the Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

In Found, Featured, then Forgotten: U.S. Network TV News and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Mark Harmon gives an account of the veterans’ protests against the war and their depiction in the American media. Through interviews with early leaders of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) and examination of network television news coverage from the Vietnam era, Harmon rescues the veterans’ story from the inevitable historical revisionism that befalls social movements over time.

The Vietnam War era marks the first time in American history that substantial numbers of veterans returned home to protest a war still in progress. The VVAW were part of a larger GI protest against U.S. involvement in Vietnam that included resistance to the draft, desertions, and an extensive underground GI press. Many resisting GIs were court-martialed and given harsh sentences, sometimes for offenses as trivial as gathering to discuss the morality of the war.

The VVAW were remarkably media savvy, staging compelling media events such as the demonstration dubbed Dewey Canyon III, during which hundreds of soldiers flung away their war medals on the steps of the Capitol. The VVAW wisely distinguished themselves from other anti-war groups, shunning violence and preserving the credibility granted to them as returning veterans.

According to Harmon, the press’s understanding of the VVAW protests followed an almost predictable course. The movement was initially ignored then downplayed, its message first distorted then co-opted, the protests dismissed as no longer needed then, finally, forgotten. Harmon correlates this progression with pivotal events in the VVAW’s protest movement.

The Winter Soldier Investigations in January and February of 1971, at which soldiers testified to their personal experience of war crimes, were largely ignored by the media. But Dewey Canyon in April of 1971, which closely followed the court martial of Lt. William Calley for his actions in the massacre at My Lai, garnered significant network news attention. By the time of the Silent March on the Republican National Convention in August 1972, the media were declaring the wind-down of the war and the last gasp of the protest movement. Network television coverage of the VVAW presence at the Convention was scant to non-existent. The full story of the Silent March and wheelchair-bound veterans interrupting Nixon’s acceptance speech with shouts of “Stop the bombing! Stop the war!” had to be reconstructed from the accounts of participants and the alternative media.

Harmon’s retelling of protests by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War is illustrated with audio and video clips of contemporaneous news reports and statements by participating veterans, making this multimedia work a dynamic and invaluable resource for scholars of the Vietnam War, its veterans, and the news media during the Vietnam era.

Dr. Mark D. Harmon is associate professor in the University of Tennessee’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media. He has authored more than two dozen academic research articles, and more than 50 refereed research presentations. He has been honored with the UT College of Communication’s outstanding research award as well as its outstanding teaching award and a chancellor’s citation for extraordinary community service. The International Radio and Television Society honored him in 2004 as its Frank Stanton fellow for distinguished broadcast education. His career includes stints as a television news producer and reporter, radio news reporter, and radio talk show host. He also has a political resume, having served as Knox County (Tennessee) Commissioner, Congressional candidate (Texas, 13th District), and Democratic Party county chairman.

Newfound Press is an online imprint of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries. The Press publishes peer-reviewed content that merits wide dissemination but is unlikely to be published by a traditional press because of narrow focus or innovative format. Newfound Press titles are freely available online at

An Online Guide to Cataloging Remote Access Multimedia

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veve_frontNewfound Press has published an online guide to help librarians provide access to the many forms of information available over the internet.

Librarians follow a complex set of standards to describe and link to remotely available resources. The Streaming Guide to Cataloging Remote Access Multimedia: A How-to Virtual Manual for Catalogers, by Marielle Veve, provides visual guidance in the procedures of cataloging online content that integrates different media formats. The Streaming Guide incorporates instructional multimedia techniques such as animated slides, screen captures, video and audio to guide traditional catalogers through the process and best practices for cataloging digital content. Guides are provided for cataloging streaming video, streaming audio, e-books, web games, and podcasts.

Marielle Veve is assistant professor and interim metadata leader at the University of Tennessee Libraries. She is the recipient of the 2011 Esther J. Piercy Award from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services for her innovative thinking and leadership in her profession. In announcing the award, ALCTS noted the Streaming Guide, in particular, as an example of Veve’s contributions to the development and application of new methods in technical services librarianship.

Newfound Press is an online imprint of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries. The Press publishes peer-reviewed content that merits wide dissemination but is unlikely to be published by a traditional press because of narrow focus or innovative format. Newfound Press titles are freely available online at

Cormac McCarthy scholar to speak on April 7 & 8 in Knoxville

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chris-walshAuthor Christopher J. Walsh will discuss publishing with a digital press and his recent book, In the Wake of the Sun: Navigating the Southern Works of Cormac McCarthy, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 7 and 8. Published online by the University of Tennessee Libraries Newfound Press, Walsh’s book offers close textual analysis of all McCarthy’s Southern works along with an overview of the notable critical responses to them. Introducing readers, scholars, and students to the pertinent themes in each work, the book guides readers through significant critical dialogues surrounding the texts. Print copies of the book will be available for purchase at $25 following the presentations. Both events are free and open to the public.

“In the Wake of the Sun:
Navigating the Southern Works of Cormac McCarthy”

Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 pm
East Tennessee History Center
601 South Gay Street

“Publishing With a Digital Press”
Thursday, April 8, 4:00 pm
John C. Hodges Library Auditorium
1015 Volunteer Blvd.
University of Tennessee campus

Libraries’ Newfound Press publishes study of Cormac McCarthy

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WakeOfSunNewfound Press has just published a new study on one of America’s leading authors. In In the Wake of the Sun: Navigating the Southern Works of Cormac McCarthy, Christopher J. Walsh offers close textual analysis of all McCarthy’s Southern works along with an overview of the notable critical responses to them. The book introduces readers, scholars, and students to the pertinent themes in each work, guiding readers through the most significant critical dialogues surrounding the texts.

McCarthy’s works set in the desert Southwest have received substantial critical and commercial acclaim. However, his Appalachian texts — which include two short stories written as an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee, five novels (including the Pulitzer Prize winner The Road), a play, and a screenplay — rival the Southwestern works in terms of their aesthetic achievement and complexity.

Jay Ellis, McCarthy scholar and author of No Place for Home: Spatial Constraint and Character Flight in the Novels of Cormac McCarthy (Routledge, 2006) has written an insightful foreword for Walsh’s work. Ellis predicts, “Those programs that … teach literature by period and place will benefit enormously from inclusion of this book on reading lists for undergraduate and graduate work.” He also highlights the book’s specific value to scholars of Southern literature.

Dr. Walsh obtained a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Wales, Swansea in 2004. He discussed McCarthy’s Southern works in his thesis and has published extensively on McCarthy. Walsh has presented his research at conferences in the United States and Europe and hosted a conference on McCarthy’s writings in 2007. The author has taught at Hull University and the University of Tennessee, and currently works in academic administration in East London.

Newfound Press, a peer-reviewed digital imprint of the University of Tennessee Libraries, demonstrates innovative approaches to the creation and dissemination of scholarly and specialized work. In the Wake of the Sun: Navigating the Southern Works of Cormac McCarthy and other Newfound Press publications are freely available online at Printed copies may be purchased from University of Tennessee Press via the website.