Publishing clearinghouse: DBLAC Reading Series; ‘Health Promotion Programs’; ‘Class Interruptions’


DBLAC Reading Series: “Misogynoir Transformed: A Conversation with Ravynn K. Stringfield and Dr. Moya Bailey”
4 p.m. May 2, online

When Moya Bailey, author of “Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance,” first coined the term misogynoir, she defined it as the ways anti-Black and misogynistic representation shape broader ideas about Black women, particularly in visual culture and digital spaces. She had no idea that the term would go viral, touching a cultural nerve and quickly entering into the lexicon. Misogynoir now has its own Wikipedia page and hashtag, and has been featured on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time. In Misogynoir Transformed, Bailey delves into her groundbreaking concept, highlighting Black women’s digital resistance to anti-Black misogyny on YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, and other platforms.

Bailey shows how Black women actively reimagine the world by engaging in powerful forms of digital resistance at a time when anti-Black misogyny is thriving on social media. A groundbreaking work, “Misogynoir Transformed” highlights Black women’s remarkable efforts to disrupt mainstream narratives, subvert negative stereotypes, and reclaim their lives.

This conversation is a part of DBLAC's Spring 2022 Reading Series and is supported by Pitt’s Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Education's Center for Urban Education, and the English department's Composition Program. Register here.


“Health Promotion Programs From Theory To Practice” 3rd edition, edited by Carl Fertman, emeritus associate professor, School of Education, and Melissa Grim, Ph.D., Radford University (Jossey-Bass Public Health, February 2022)

An incisive, up-to-date, and comprehensive treatment of effective health promotion programs In the newly revised third edition of “Health Promotion Programs: From Theory to Practice,” health and behavior experts Carl I. Fertman and Melissa Grim deliver a robust exploration of the history and rapid evolution of health promotion programs over the last three decades. The authors describe knowledge advances in health and behavior that have impacted the planning, support, and implementation of health promotion programs.


“Class Interruptions: Inequality and Division in African Diasporic Women's Fiction,” by Robin Brooks, assistant professor of Africana Studies” (University of North Carolina Press, February 2022)

As downward mobility continues to be an international issue, Robin Brooks offers a timely intervention between the humanities and social sciences by examining how Black women’s cultural production engages debates about the growth in income and wealth gaps in global society during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the book employs major contemporary texts by both African-American and Caribbean writers — Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Dawn Turner, Olive Senior, Oonya Kempadoo, Merle Hodge and Diana McCaulay — to demonstrate how neoliberalism, within the broader framework of racial capitalism, reframes structural inequalities as personal failures, thus obscuring how to improve unjust conditions.


Environmental Policy and Public Health textbook, co-authored by Maureen Lichtveld, dean, Pitt School of Public Health, and Barry L. Johnson, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University (CDC Press, 2022)

A two-volume textbook that addresses the key environmental factors that impact public health. The first volume, Principal Health Hazards and Mitigation, is complemented by the second volume, Emerging Health Hazards and Mitigation, the latter of which focuses heavily on issues of climate, health equity and energy. Volume 1 explains how air quality, water and food sources are impacted and why climate change is a global health priority. It also describes how policy plays a large role in addressing each of these key environmental health areas. Volume 2 addresses issues of environment-related infectious diseases, the COVID-19 pandemic, social justice, drug misuse and public health.


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 724-244-4042.