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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-648-4294.
Faculty Book Talk: “How Borges Wrote,” by Daniel Balderston
4:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Hillman Library Thornburg Room
Renowned Borges scholar Daniel Balderston, Mellon Professor of Modern Languages, undertakes to piece together the creative process of poet and essayist and short story writer Jorge Luis Borges through the marks he left on paper.
Jonah Mixon-Webster events
Jonah Mixon-Webster is a poet-educator and conceptual/sound artist from Flint, Mich. He is completing his Ph.D. in English Studies at Illinois State University, and is the recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, The Conversation Literary Festival, and Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop.
Reading and Q&A: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Mixon-Webster reads from his collection, Stereo(TYPE), the winner of the 2017 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. 501 Cathedral of Learning
Co-Lab: 6 p.m. Oct. 10. An opportunity to engage with Mixon-Webster's work-in-progress., 501 Cathedral
Reading and Q&A at Boom Concepts: 7 p.m. Oct. 11. Mixon-Webster reads at BOOM Concepts, 5139 Penn Ave., a communal artist space in East Liberty. The event is co-sponsored by the Black Unicorn Library and Archives Project. You can reserve seats ahead of time.
Recently published books, journals and more
“Plato's Timaeus and the Latin Tradition” (August 2018, Cambridge University Press), by Christina Hoenig, assistant professor in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics
This book focuses on the development of Platonic philosophy at the hands of Roman writers between the first century BCE and the early fifth century CE. It discusses the interpretation of Plato's Timaeus by Cicero, Apuleius, Calcidius, and Augustine, and examines how these authors created new contexts and settings for the intellectual heritage they received and thereby contributed to the construction of the complex and multifaceted genre of Roman Platonism. It takes advantage of the authors' treatment of Plato's Timaeus as a continuous point of reference to illustrate the individuality and originality of each writer in his engagement with this Greek philosophical text; each chooses a specific vocabulary, methodology, and literary setting for his appropriation of Timaean doctrine. The authors' contributions to the dialogue's history of transmission are shown to have enriched and prolonged the enduring significance of Plato's cosmology.
“Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Partnerships: A Critical Examination of Labor, Networks, and Community” (March 2018, Chandos, a Elsevier imprint), co-edited by Robin Kear, University Library System faculty librarian, and Kate Joranson, Frick Fine Arts Library interim head; with forward by Amy Murray Twyning, a lecturer in the English department
The book encapsulates a cultural shift for libraries and librarians and presents a collection of authors who reflect on the collaborations they have formed around digital humanities work. Authors examine a range of issues, including labor equity, digital infrastructure, digital pedagogy, and community partnerships.