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Our Mission

For over 50 years, the MIT Press has been a leading light in academic publishing, the only university press rooted at the intersection of science, technology, art, and design, like MIT itself. The Press gives voice to the most credible and creative minds in order to advance our understanding of the world, its greatest challenges, and one another. In short, the MIT Press reduces the distance between MIT and the wider world.

Where else but the MIT Press do Richard Feynman, Rosalind Krauss, Umberto Eco, Daniel Dennett, Denise Scott Brown, Marshall McLuhan, Noam Chomsky, Walter Gropius, Paul Krugman, John Maeda, Marvin Minsky, Sherry Turkle, and Slavoj Žižek gather? No other publisher is as committed to fostering trans-disciplinary inquiry, publishing iconic figures and provocative voices, producing beautifully designed books, and pushing the boundaries of digital innovation.

But how do we fund the widest possible digital and print access while continuing to produce meticulously edited and crafted books? The Frank Urbanowski Fund, honoring the legacy of the visionary director who led the MIT Press for almost 30 years, from 1975 to 2003, is the MIT Press’ first fundraising effort with a bold goal: “future proofing” the press.

Our goal is to invent the future of the university-based publishing, by strengthening our connection with the public through an enhanced digital strategy; developing best-in-class content in MIT’s current and emerging areas of excellence; and, lead by pushing the boundaries of academic publishing in accord with MIT’s mission to advance research and teaching.

Please join us, to help sustain our distinguished legacy of university press publishing with a courageous edge. We welcome every gift, and encourage you to consider becoming an inaugural member of Friends of the MIT Press with a $500 gift to the Frank Urbanowski Fund.

Amy Brand PhD’ 89


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MIT Press Frank Urbanowski Memorial Fund

A fund in memory of the late MIT Press Director, Frank Urbanowski, to support innovations in digital publishing at the MIT Press, along with the Press’ mission-driven publication efforts, by covering full or partial publication costs of high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarly books. Donors of $500 or more to the Frank Urbanowski fund achieve Friend of the Press status which includes one or more invitation-only events per year, and a discount on all MIT Press book purchases.

Friends of the Press

The MIT Press would like to thank the following people and organizations for becoming our inaugural Friends of the Press.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Mr. Joichi Ito, Ms. Julia Blocksma, Dr. Roger F. Malina, Mr. Adam Inglis, Professor S. Jay Keyser, Ms. Matilde Marcolli, Ms. Usha Pasi, Professor Bruce Tidor and Mrs. Young-Mi Tidor

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Are you interested in directing a major gift to an area of interest, or making a planned gift?

Please email Amy Brand.