Gillian Berchowitz

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Ohio University Press staffers attend ASA conference

Ohio University Press staffers attended the annual African Studies Association conference from Nov. 19 to 22, where director Gillian Berchowitz received the 2015 African Studies Association Public Service Award.

The award recognizes individuals for their exceptional contributions to the mission of the association and to African studies as a whole. Berchowitz has worked many years to build the press' reputation in the field of African studies. She said it is gratifying to see those efforts acknowledged by her peers.

In addition, press author Abosede George won the Aidoo-Snyder Book Award from the ASA Women’s Caucus for "Making Modern Girls: A History of Girlhood, Labor, and Social Development in Colonial Lagos." The book is part of the press' series New African Histories, which publishes cutting edge scholarship on fresh topics, suitable for experts and classroom use alike.

The Ohio Short Histories of Africa series, which publishes accessible, short overviews of key topics and figures in African history, was another hit at the booth. The most recent title in the series is Christopher J. Lee's biography of Frantz Fanon, which Henry Louis Gates, Jr., called "delightfully compelling ... well researched and thoroughly grounded."

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