Publishing clearinghouse: ‘Work Work Work’; ‘Open Secret Rx’

“Work Work Work: Labor, Alienation, and Class Struggle” by Michael Yates, professor emeritus of economics, Pitt–Johnstown (Monthly Review Press, July 2022)

This book examines work in capitalist societies, with an emphasis on the deleterious effects of such work on nearly all aspects of life. It also focuses on the failure of mainstream economics to properly analyze work. If human beings are to live unalienated lives, work as we know it must be radically transformed. This means a global struggle to bring capitalism to an end and to bring forth a society built upon substantive equality and radical democracy.


“Open Secret Rx: Tune into Lifestyle MEDicine & Fight Heart Disease, Diabetes & Cancer,” by Jem Spectar, president of Pitt–Johnstown (July 2022)

This book examines the spiraling sedentary crisis and how increased Movement, Exercise & Dance (MEDicine) can help stave off chronic conditions like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer. “The Open Secret Rx” is also a call to action to leverage preventive lifestyle medicine and effectuate much-needed structural reforms to transition us from a sick care system to one focused on total health and well-being. 


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 412-244-4042.