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Amy Etcheson

Interim Director, SIU Press

Amy Etcheson is the Interim Director of SIU Press at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. She is the program host and co-creator of Inside The Blanket Fort radio program and podcast.

  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we mark the 55th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in the case of Loving v. Virginia, which struck down all state laws against interracial marriage in the United States.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we revisit the book In Their Letters, in Their Words: Illinois Civil War Soldiers Write Home edited by Mark Flotow.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as the discussion turns to an overlooked event in the history of activism, which is the subject of a chapter in Melissa Ford’s new book A Brick and a Bible: Black Women's Radical Activism in the Midwest during the Great Depression, recently published by SIU Press.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort as we honor Memorial Day with a recording submitted by Mark Flotow, editor of In Their Letters, in Their Words: Illinois Civil War Soldiers Write Home, which was published by SIU Press in 2019. Winner of the 2020 Illinois State Historical Society Russel P. Strange Memorial Book of the Year Award, this book documents 165 Illinois Civil War soldiers’ and sailors’ lives through the lens of their personal letters.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we continue our discussion with Joshua Langman about his book, Standby: An Approach to Theatrical Design, which was just released by SIU Press. This week, Langman talks about how theory can release us from the limitations of our own thinking and help us renew our connection with the essential spirit of the theatre.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we talk with author Joshua Langman—a theatrical design faculty member at Kean University Theatre Conservatory about his new book from SIU Press: Standby: An Approach to Theatrical Design. In a field that is too often dismissed as purely technical, Langman elevates design as a transformative force. His book is a blend of scholarship and storytelling that illuminates the soul of the craft, challenging theatre-makers to harness their own potential.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we look at the six newly published books from SIU Press that were recognized by the Illinois State Historical Society at their recent Best of Illinois History Awards Ceremony.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we honor the 200th Birthday of Ulysses S. Grant.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort as this week we preview the next Podcast release from Blanket Fort Radio Theater.Also, catch the final episode of Blanket Fort Radio Theater's production of "The Undaunted Women of Nanking."
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we take a closer look at the new SIU Press book we previewed in last week’s episode: Engaging Museums: Rhetorical Education and Social Justice by Lauren E. Obermark.