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Arcadia Publishing announced Feb 8 that it has acquired Belt Publishing headquartered in Ohio. Arcadia CEO Brittain Phillips said the deal delivers “two terrific opportunities in one acquisition.” Arcadia was founded in 1994 and has a catalog of  20,000 titles. Belt is an independent press known for its commitment to publishing diverse stories from the rust belt. Belt was started in 2013 by former English professor Anne Trubek. “We will be able to continue with our editorial program  and expand into new areas. How tremendous…”, she says. This article was in the front Business section of the Post & Courier.  The graphic accompanying the article is of the title page  of the Arcadia book, The College of Charleston by authors Ileana Strauch and Katina Strauch! WOW! 

Have y’all read about the “brawl over butter chicken”? Apparently an Indian judge is set to decide. Butter chicken is one of India’s best-known dishes globally — it is delicious but also contentious. While we are obsessing over chatGPT,  two Indian restaurant chains are in the Delhi High Court doing battle over who invented the popular butter chicken dish. The story has roots in the storied New Delhi Restaurant called Moti Mahal founded in 1947 after the division of India and Pakistan. There is a 3,000-page court filing. The restaurant  has been visited by many famous names – Jackie Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Jawaharlal Nehru, Nikita Kruschev to name only a few. It’s complicated. Lawyer and food experts think finding the “mother hen” of this recipe will be impossible.  The two grandson owners are continuing the lawsuit. For me, I will be curious about the outcome but for sure I have to try some Butter Chicken. There is even a cookbook, “On the Butter Chicken Trail”. To be continued. It’s in my Amazon basket! 

https://www.reuters.com/world/india/who-invented-butter-chicken-indian-judge-rule-dispute-over-global-favourite-2024-01-24/

From Ramune Kubilius:  ‘Since Charleston Conferences have had a tradition of Hyde Park debates… This was announced on February 14th and already made the news on the NPR station in town. ‘Center for Enlightened Disagreement’ launches at Northwestern University and the Kellogg School of Management today announced an innovative new research center to promote constructive discourse in today’s increasingly polarized world. The Center for Enlightened Disagreement, to be housed at Kellogg, will bring together top academics and leading thinkers to conduct research, identify best practices and train students and leaders on how to engage across difference and harness the power of diverse perspectives. From the political arena to the business world to higher education, opposing ideas drive innovation and change, force critical thinking and reveal untapped solutions to pressing problems. Yet growing divisions and deepening entrenchment have made it more challenging than ever to participate in constructive discussion and debate. In the business realm, managers and leaders feel ill-equipped to deal with divisive issues in the workplace and simply lack the training to navigate such complex situations. “Kellogg and Northwestern are deeply committed to addressing the growing barriers to discourse that hinder our progress as a society, not by seeking to eliminate disagreement but by embracing it as a virtue,” said Kellogg Dean Francesca Cornelli. “Kellogg faculty have for decades been driving advances in conflict resolution, negotiation and how to bridge ideological divides. Now is the time to expand this work, which has never been more essential. “Disagreement is the lifeblood of innovation, but it can run amok. We founded the Center to push people, organizations and societies to harness the power of disagreement while minimizing its perils.”(Eli Finkel, Co-director)

February 5, 2024 — AIP Publishing, the American Physical Society, and IOP Publishing have joined forces to create Purpose-Led Publishing (PLP), a new coalition with a promise to always put purpose above profit.

The three scholarly publishers are united by their not-for-profit status, with all the funds made from publishing going back into the research ecosystem. Their collective contributions support the physical science community globally through a range of initiatives, including educational training and mentorship programmes, and awards and grants — all geared toward making science accessible and inclusive to everyone. www.purposeledpublishing.org.

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