Publishing clearinghouse: ‘Sophie’; ‘A City Divided’

Book events

“Sophie: The Incomparable Mayor Masloff” by Barbara Burstin, visiting lecturer in the Department of History, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
4 p.m. Jan. 22, 501 Cathedral of Learning

Burstin will discuss her book and the improbable journey of Sophie Masloff, the daughter of poor Romanian Jewish immigrants who grew up in the Hill District to become both the first female and first Jewish mayor of Pittsburgh. As Burstin writes, "Sophie was a character, but this
lady had character, courage and charisma, too."


“A City Divided: Race, Fear and the Law in Police Confrontations” by David Harris, Sally Ann Semenko endowed chair at the Pitt School of Law
6:15 p.m. Jan. 14, Carnegie Library Lecture Hall

“A City Divided” tells the story of 18-year-old Jordan Miles and the three plainclothes Pittsburgh Police officers who were charged with wrongful arrest and use of excessive force in an incident that left the high school honors student battered. The book takes an in-depth look at the opposing stories, and at race and the fear it incites, to find answers. What happened between the police and the teen in 2010 and what went wrong? Can the courts respond with a just solution? And how can we prevent these tragedies in the future? Part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Made Local series. Free with registration. Register here.


The University Times welcomes information about new books, journals, plays and musical compositions written or edited by faculty and staff.

Newly published works can be submitted through this link. Please keep the book descriptions short and accessible to a general audience.

Journals should be peer-reviewed. Self-published works will not be accepted. The listings also are restricted to complete works, because individual chapters, articles, works of art and poems would be too numerous.

We’ll also be highlighting some books and book talks with connections to Pitt.

If you have any questions, please contact editor Susan Jones at or 412-648-4294.