Publishing clearinghouse: Lunch & Learn; Sloane Crosley


Lunch & Learn: Insurgent Knowledges Book Talk, with authors Damien M. Sojoyner and Sabina E. Vaught
Noon-1:15 p.m. April 18, 4303 Posvar Hall

Sojoyner, associate professor in anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, and author of “First Strike: Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles,” researches the relationship among the public education system, prisons and the construction of Black masculinity in Southern California. Vaught, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the College of Education at the University of Oklahoma, researches state institutional contexts and relationships of discipline, schooling and knowledge exchange. She is the author of “Compulsory: Education and the Dispossession of Youth in a Prison School.”

A limited quantity of the books will be available to registrants for free. Learn more about the books and authors.


Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, New and Noted series: Sloane Crosley
7 p.m. April 23, Carnegie Library Lecture Hall; $22, which includes a paperback copy of Look Alive Out There”

Fans of “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” and “How Did You Get This Number” know Sloane Crosley’s life as a series of relatable but madcap misadventures. In “Look Alive Out There,” whether it’s scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, playing herself on “Gossip Girl,” befriending swingers, or staring down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosley continues to rise to the occasion with unmatchable nerve and electric one-liners.


“Shakespeare and Feminist Theory” (Bloomsbury/Arden, 2019) by Marianne Novy, professor emerita in English in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences

Are Shakespeare’s plays dramatizations of patriarchy or representations of assertive and eloquent women? Or are they sometimes both? And is it relevant, and if so how, that his women were first played by boys? This book shows how many kinds of feminist theory help analyze the dynamics of Shakespeare’s plays. Both feminist theory and the plays deal with issues such as likeness and difference between the sexes, the complexity of relationships between women, the liberating possibilities of desire, what marriage means and how much women can remake it, how women can use and expand their culture’s ideas of motherhood and of women’s work, and how women can have power through language.


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