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University of Utah Press logo with Defiance House Man, which is based upon a four-foot-tall ancient Puebloan pictograph near Glen Canyon, Utah.
|Parent company||J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah|
|Founder||A. Ray Olpin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Distribution||Chicago Distribution Center|
The University of Utah Press is the independent publishing branch of the University of Utah and is a division of the J. Willard Marriott Library. Founded in 1949 by A. Ray Olpin, it is also the oldest university press in Utah. The mission of the Press is to "publish and disseminate scholarly books in selected fields, as well as other printed and recorded materials of significance to Utah, the region, the country, and the world."
The University of Utah Press publishes in the following general subject areas: anthropology, archaeology, Mesoamerican studies, American Indian studies, natural history, nature writing, poetry, Utah and Western history, Mormon studies, Utah and regional guidebooks, and regional titles. The Press employs seven people full-time and publishes from 25 to 35 titles per year. The Press has over 450 books currently in print.
The University of Utah Press awards five annual or biennial prizes for scholarly and/or literary manuscripts.
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The first Anthropological Paper was published in 1950 and new books continue to be published through the present.
This annual lecture series was established by philanthropist Obert Clark Tanner with the hope that the "lectures will contribute to the intellectual and moral life of mankind." Lecturers from a variety of cultures and fields are chosen on the basis of their leadership, integrity, and commitment to human values. The lectures consider the relationships between scientific and scholarly advancements and moral values and are published in an annual volume by the University of Utah Press. Past lecturers include: E. O. Wilson, Carlos Fuentes, Freeman Dyson, Paul Farmer, Steven Pinker, and Toni Morrison.
Originally named the Utah Series in Turkish and Islamic Studies, this series now has a broader focus to publish books in the area of history, politics, and society of the Middle East. M. Hakan Yavuz is the Series Editor. The first book published by the series was Guenter Lewy's The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide in 2006; the book had previously been rejected by eleven publishers including four university presses. Since then, the series published many other works that seek to reject the historical consensus that the Armenian Genocide was a genocide, by such authors as Justin McCarthy, Edward J. Erickson, and Yücel Güçlü. These books have been criticized for methodological flaws and factual errors.
In the past ten years a more sophisticated neo-denialism has emerged, which elaborates the argument that the Armenians were involved in insurrectionary activity that necessitated a counterinsurgency response from the Young Turk government. A number of authors have worked with Professor M. Hakan Yavuz and published works with the University of Utah Press. While there are differences in emphasis and interpretation among their works, these writers are to a large degree sympathetic to the defensive attitudes of Turkish government and military officials, favor evidence and accounts exculpatory of the Young Turk policies, and emphatically reject the notion of genocidal intention.