UIS Authors Festival 2019 – faculty publish books

From poetry to political science, the history of central Illinois farms to the history of the American Revolutionary War, UIS faculty have written the book on it. And, of course, there are books on Lincoln.

Over the past two years, UIS faculty have authored or edited 24 books.  Please join us in celebrating their accomplishments with a reception at the UIS Brookens Library on Thurs, Feb. 21, 2019, from 4-6pm.  Four authors will be present to sign their books: copies will be available for purchase through the UIS bookstore. Part of the first UIS Authors Festival, the book signing reception will be proceeded by a workshop for faculty on how to publish their scholarly work.

  • Dong, L. (Ed.). (2016). Asian American culture: from anime to tiger moms. Greenwood.

Lan Dong, associate professor and chair of English, teaches about the graphic novel as a literary genre. She has also written books on the legend of Mulan and was selected as the University Scholar in 2012. She is currently the Louise Hartman Schewe and Karl Schewe Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

  • Poynter, K. J. (Ed.). (2017). Safe zones: training allies of LGBTQIA+ young adults. Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.

Kerry Poynter is the Director of Gender and Sexuality Student Services and UIS faculty and staff contributed to this practical volume for education professionals. The first comprehensive resource for developing Safe Zone programs and educational workshops to support LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults, his program has been developed into a DVD and used in hundreds of colleges across the nation.

  • Nizamuddin, A. M. (2016). The Patenting of Life, Limiting Liberty, and the Corporate Pursuit of Seeds. Lexington Books.

Ali Nizamuddin is an associate professor in the political science department. His area of specialization is international relations with a focus in Asian studies. This, his second book, is on the global dominance of the world’s food supply.

  • Wenz, P. (2015). Functional Inefficiency: The Unexpected Benefits of Wasting Time and Money. Prometheus.

Peter S. Wenz is emeritus professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois Springfield and adjunct professor of Medical Humanities at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. In 1999, he was selected the
University Scholar for UIS. This is his ninth book.

The complete list of all 24 titles is available on the UIS Research website:


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