Coastal Carolina to launch new publishing initiative

vgrooms@thesunnews.comApril 4, 2013 

The Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts is launching the Athenaeum Press at Coastal Carolina University, according to a news release from CCU. The new initiative is designed to redefine learning for students as they develop and publish projects that create community engagement regionally and beyond.

The educational mission of the press calls for every step of each project - from research to writing, conception to design, production to promotion - to involve students who will work under the direction of faculty. Projects may range from creative writing and photography to music and digital storytelling.

“Our aspirations for the press are to lead the way for student learning in print and new media publishing,” said Dan Ennis, dean of Edwards College.

Founded at a time when print, publishing, media and culture are in a state of transition, the press will not duplicate established university presses, which focus primarily on academic works and monographs. Nor will the press be a printing factory, concentrating instead on original editorial content and design, while contracting out the actual printing.

The press will emphasize quality over quantity and will publish a small number of original works each year, in addition to publishing two academic journals and Edwards College publications already in existence, including Tapestry magazine and the university’s Cultural Arts Calendar, all involving students.

Students, faculty and community members are invited to propose humanities-based projects that provide hands-on learning and appeal to audiences outside the university community. At least one project per year will be marketed to the general public.

“The Athenaeum Press is one of the unique things about Coastal Carolina University. We see this as a model for the future,” Ennis said.

To learn more about the press, contact Trisha O’Connor, director, at poconno@coastal.edu or 843-349-6652.

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