Publishing clearinghouse: Book Duet; ‘Do No Harm Guide’; ‘No Study Without Struggle’


Book Duet: Carla Nappi and David Marshall
12:30-2 p.m. Sept. 16, virtual event

The Humanities Center will host a book duet featuring Carla Nappi and her “Translating Early Modern China: Illegible Cities,” together with David Marshall and his “The Weimar Origins of Rhetorical Inquiry.” This is part of a new Humanities Center series that brings books recently published by Pitt faculty into conversation. Nappi and Marshall have selected excerpts from each other’s books for discussion, and they are available at the Humanities Center's shared folder. Access the livestream through the University Calendar. Fill out this form if you require an accommodation in order to participate in this event; at least 5 days in advance is recommended.


Social Justice and Tech Reading Group: Do No Harm Guide
Noon-1 p.m. Sept. 24, virtual event

The Sara Fine Institute and the Research, Ethics, and Society Initiative plan a discussion of Jonathan Schwabish and Alice Feng’s “Do No Harm Guide: Applying Equity Awareness in Data Visualization,” which presents "ways to help data scientists, researchers, and data communicators take a more purposeful DEI approach to their work." This discussion follows a presentation by Schwabish and Feng on Sept. 21, part of the Year of Data and Society programming. Participants in the reading group meeting will be invited to offer their reflections on the talk and discuss it further in this informal setting. Complete the registration form for log-in information.


“No Study Without Struggle: Confronting Settler Colonialism in Higher Education” by Leigh Patel, professor in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy (Beacon Press, July 2021).

As an education scholar, Patel has focused on freedom struggles for decades. Through research and interviews with activists of several organizations and movements, her new book “introduces some people and strengthens others about settler colonialism as a theory that helps us to understand why things are the way they are,” says Patel. “No Study Without Struggle” delves into the importance of understanding the relationship between the struggle and study, and how this understanding is vital for societal improvement. According to Beacon Press, the book “examines how student protest against structural inequalities on campus pushes academic institutions to reckon with their legacy built on slavery and stolen Indigenous lands.” Read more about the book on the School of Education website.


“The Literacy Specialist: Leadership and Coaching for the Classroom, School, and Community” (4th Edition), co-authored by Rita Bean, professor emerita of Education, and Virginia Goatley, University at Albany, State University of New York (Guilford Publishing, 2021)

This resource and text for developing excellence as a Pre-K–12 literacy/reading specialist is now updated to reflect key changes in the field. Delving into the literacy specialist's multiple leadership roles, the book provides strategies for teaching children experiencing difficulty with reading and writing; supporting teachers through coaching and professional learning opportunities; designing curricula; conducting assessments at the student, classroom, and school levels; and building strong school, family, and community partnerships. The book includes vignettes from exemplary practitioners, questions for discussion and reflection, follow-up activities, and ideas for instructors and workshop leaders.


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.