Publishing clearinghouse: Douglas Cooper; ‘The Bluest Eye’


Made Local: “Knowing and Seeing: Reflections of Fifty Years of Drawing Cities” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), by Douglas Cooper
6 p.m. Nov. 21, Carnegie Museum of Art Theater, free with registration

In his newest book “Knowing and Seeing,” Pittsburgh native Douglas Cooper reflects on his long career as a muralist in various cities around the world. Part memoir and part an examination of his art, Cooper looks back on 50 years of drawing cities, including Cologne, Rome, San Francisco, Seattle, Qatar, Frankfurt, Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. Cooper teaches hand drawing at the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.


Director & Friends Book Study: “The Bluest Eye”
4-6 p.m. Dec. 6, 4303 Posvar Hall

Center for Urban Education director T. Elon Dancy II, Camika Royal and Khirsten Scott will lead a book study examining Toni Morrison's “The Bluest Eye,” discussing what shapes our thinking about urban(ized) educational realities, including those at play in the persistent school banning of the book. Broadly, we will remember and honor Morrison as a literary oracle and prophetic education thinker. A free copy of the book will be provided to the first 50 registrants. Register here:

New books

“Toxic Products and Bad Business From Communist China” by Andrejs Baumhammers, a clinical professor in the Department of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine.

This book looks at the toxic or contaminated products such as carfentanyl, drywall, floor covering, pet food and toys that were exported from China throughout the world, and the hacking, industrial espionage, counterfeit products and unfair business practices the country engaged in as moved ahead. Baumhammers graduated from Pitt in 1959 and has been teaching at the School of Dental Medicine since 1967. 


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.