Mar 052012

This is the home page of Wolfson Press, a service of the Master of Liberal Studies Program at Indiana University South Bend. Wolfson Press publishes books about the region called Michiana, those counties of north-central Indiana and southern Michigan that are served by Indiana University South Bend, as well as books of wider interest.  Currently underway: On Their Shoulders, a series on race relations and civil rights in South Bend, Indiana, and a book of translations of contemporary Hebrew poetry about Genesis.

From Generation to Generation: The Michiana Jewish Community is a collection of over 400 vintage and archival photographs that tell the story of family life, work, play, and tradition over the decades. Call the Michiana Jewish Historical Society to order a copy today: 574-233-1164.

Fine Arts of the South Bend Region, 1840-2000 contains nearly 200 color images of the best works of 100 of the best artists who have lived and work in our area, along with chapters about all the major groups, art programs, and museums, biographies of 100 artists and overview chapters by Roger Birdsell and Harold Zisla. Three DVDs contain interviews with a dozen leading figures who recall the life of the arts community here. For this volume call Wolfson Press at 574-520-7381 to place an order.

Our Day: Race Relations and Public Accommodations in South Bend, Indiana by Katherine O’Dell. The author analyzes the evolutionary campaigns for traditional civil rights in the city. This carefully researched work demonstrates locally the broad scope and long trajectory of the larger civil rights movement in the United States. The struggle begain in South Bend decades before the Brown decision in 1954 and involved more negotiation than demonstration. Its most significant achievements often came as a result of the persistant work of the NAACP and interracial coordinating councils rather than open confrontation.  Yet change came: it came to movie theaters, restaurants, skating rinks, hospitals, fitness centers, and, yes, public swimming pools. (From the introduction by series editor Les Lamon.)

The Negro in South Bend by Buford F. Gordon and edited by David Healey. In this book, David Healey has done a remarkable job in resurrecting the contributions of Buford Franklin Gordon. Gordon, a young black man with the tools of religious conviction and an education in the newly emerging social sciences, came to South Bend as a recently licensed pastor in 1920. Before he left in 1925, he had given future generations a baseline of information and insight to understand the results of early black migration in his city. In a small, forgotten book, The Negro in South Bend, and in his sermons, he called upon white leaders and black citizens to address changing conditions in housing, jobs, education, and social services. Some people responded; most did not. We stand clearly on Gordon’s shoulders as we pursue these same goals in the twenty-first century. (From the introduction by series editor Les Lamon.)

A Place With Purpose: Hering House, 1925-1963 by Lisa Swedarsky. In this book, Lisa Swedarsky documents and analyzes Hering House, a critically important force among black residents of South Bend from 1925 to 1963. Hering House was a joint effort among blacks and whites who were concerned with the changes black migration brought to the city after World War I. White funding and formal control came at the expense of racial separation, but blacks administered Hering House and identified it as their own. This small but important institution met many of the needs highlighted by Buford Gordon’s The Negro in South Bend (1922), and its alumni continued to give leadership to the community well into the twenty-first century. Black leaders today clearly stand on the shoulders of the trailblazers of Hering House. (From the introduction by series editor Les Lamon.)

Recent publications include:

And Now, Michiana Chronicles, Jennifer Crosson, editor. Radio essays about our region, previously broadcast on 88.1 WVPE, the National Public Radio affiliate station for Michiana.

Kurt Simon: Businessman and Benefactor, Gabrielle Robinson. A biography of a noted civic leader and philanthropist.

For more information about Wolfson Press at IU South Bend, contact Ken Smith at 574-520-4173.

Mar 052012

Race Relations and Civil Rights History — two new volumes in 2009, including a lost book of social history by one of the leaders of the South Bend black community in the 1920s.

Public Radio Essays — in collaboration with 88.1 WVPE, an anthology of essays from the Edward R. Murrow award-winning Michiana Chronicles series.

Biography — an updated edition of the biography of area businessman and philanthropist Kurt Simon and a leadership biography of Lester M. Wolfson, the first chancellor of Indiana University South Bend.