John F. Walsh was the associate director of Harvard University Press and served the press as its design and production manager for twenty five years. He produced over 4,500 new books, transformed the press’s workflow from photo-mechanical to digital, and was the longest serving member of its management committee, including two strategic planning initiatives. John served Bookbuilders of Boston for multiple terms on its board of directors and as its treasurer, auditor, and education tsar. He was awarded the William A. Dwiggins bowl in 2002. He has taught book production at the Radcliffe Publishing Course, Emerson College, Boston University, and UMass Lowell. He was elected a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2012
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I started in 1974 as the assistant production manager, principally responsible for book manufacturing on new books and reprints.
Promoted to production manager in 1984, managing design, production, manufacturing, and the paper inventory. Fully responsible for cost control, schedule fidelity and quality control for all new books (125 titles) and reprints while managing a department of eight.
Promoted to assistant director of the Press in 1991 and to associate director in 2002 and became the longest serving member of the Press' management committee, including two strategic planning sessions.
Workload increased over time to 220 new titles annually across two seasonal lists and the department grew to as many 17 people. Introduced digital printing into both the frontlist and backlist. Oversaw the transition from a photo-mechanical workflow to a fully digital one.
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The place of religion in society has changed profoundly in the last few centuries, particularly in the West. In what will be a defining book for our time, Taylor takes up the question of what these changes mean, and what, precisely, happens when a society becomes one in which faith is only one human possibility among others.
The world’s most revered and eloquent interpreter of evolutionary ideas offers here a work of explanatory force unprecedented in our time—a landmark publication, both for its historical sweep and for its scientific vision.With characteristic attention to detail, Stephen Jay Gould first describes the content and discusses the history and origins of the three core commitments of classical Darwin... read more
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