Publishing Clearinghouse: Book launches for two in Anthropology and law librarian Tashbook

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.

Book events

Book launch for Tomas Matza and Jonathan Harris
5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 29, 4130 Posvar Hall

The Department of Anthropology is hosting a book launch for Assistant Professor Tomas Matza’s “Shock Therapy: Psychology, Precarity, and Well-Being in Postsocialist Russia” and Jonathan Harris, professor emeritus in political science, for his book “Party Leadership under Stalin and Khrushchev: Party Officials and the Soviet State, 1948–1964.”


Book release and signing: “These Kids are Out of Control: Why We Must Reimagine ‘Classroom Management’ for Equity”
6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 29, 4303 Posvar Hall

The book is a look at what “classroom learning could be if we aspire to co-create more culturally responsive and equitable environment,” according to a news release. The authors are Lori Delale-O’Connor, assistant professor of urban education at Pitt; Erika Gold Kestenberg, an associate director at the Center for Urban Education and visiting assistant professor at Pitt; Heather B. Cunningham, assistant professor of education at Chatham University; and H. Richard Milner IV, professor of education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. The event is co-sponsored by the Pitt Center for Urban Education and the Chatham Education Department.



Linda Tashbook, adjunct professor of law and law librarian at Pitt’s School of Law, discusses “Family Guide to Mental Illness and the Law: A Practical Handbook
6 p.m. Dec. 6, Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland

Tashbook’s book is based on her many encounters with consumers of mental health services and their families and caseworkers over the years as a pro bono lawyer representing individual clients in disability claims and consumer matters. Presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.


CUE Lunch & Learn: “Critical Language Pedagogy: Reimagining Dialects, Identity and Power in Urban Education” with Amanda Godley, professor of English education
Noon-1:15 p.m. Dec. 6, CUE Commons, 4303 Posvar Hall

Critical Language Pedagogy is an approach to teaching about language that acknowledges power, privilege, identity and racism in how we use and talk about language and dialects. Facilitated by Amanda J. Godley, this talk will describe how Critical Language Pedagogy redefines language and literacy education and how 300 teachers from across the U.S. learned to enact it. A limited quantity of Godley's book, “Critical Language Pedagogy: Interrogating Language, Dialects, and Power in Teacher Education” will be available for registrants. Register here.

New books, journals and more

“Irish Presbyterians and the Shaping of Western Pennsylvania, 1770-1830” (University of Pittsburgh Press) by Peter E. Gilmore, who has taught history at Pitt, Carlow University and Carnegie Mellon University.

This new book examines religious culture of Irish immigrants in the early years of America. Many immigrants shared a dream that their versions of Presbyterianism could flourish free from the domination of landlords and established churches. But those traditions from Ireland often faded as economic status changed.

Album: “Lament/Witches’ Sabbath” (New Focus Recordings) by Mathew Rosenblum, director of graduate studies in the Department of Music and co-director of Music on the Edge

The album from New Focus Recordings explores themes such as migration, loss, memory and transformation. The album features some of Rosenblum’s highly ambitious recent compositions performed by an all-star slate of new music performers including David Krakauer, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, FLUX Quartet, Mantra Percussion, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Lindsay Kesselman, and Lisa Pegher.