“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.
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