Publishing clearinghouse: ‘Our Data, Ourselves’; ‘Afterparties’


Pitt Law Faculty Book Celebration: “Our Data, Ourselves, A Personal Guide to Digital Privacy” by Jacqueline Lipton, associate professor of legal writing
4 p.m. Feb. 23, Barco Law Building, ALCOA Room

In “Our Data, Ourselves,” Lipton guides readers through important issues involving technology, data collection, and digital privacy as they apply to our daily lives. The book explores the ways we can protect our personal data and monitor its use by corporations, the government, and others. She also explains our rights regarding sensitive personal data like health insurance records and credit scores, as well as what information retailers can legally gather, and how. Who actually owns our personal information? Can an employer legally access personal emails? What privacy rights do we have on social media? Answering these questions and more, Lipton’s book provides a strategic approach to assuming control over, and ultimately protecting, our personal information. Pitt Law Professor Jessie Allen and CMU College of Engineering Professor Marvin Sirbu will serve as commentators.


Books and Boba Reading Group: “Afterparties” by Anthony Veasna So
2 p.m. Feb. 24, Cathedral of Learning, The Understory, B50

Join the Asian American Futures Collective’s Books and Boba Reading Group in reading “Afterparties” by Anthony Veasna So. A limited number of free copies is available when you RSVP for the event at You’ll also be counted for a free boba drink when you sign up and attend the event. Sponsored by the English Department. Open to all Pitt students and faculty.


Book Duet: Michelle Granshaw and James Coleman
12:30-2 p.m. 602 Cathedral of Learning and online

Please join us in the Humanities Center for a book duet featuring Michelle Granshaw (Theatre Arts) and her “Irish on the Move: Performing Mobility in American Variety Theatre” together with James Coleman (French and Italian Studies) and his “A Sudden Frenzy: Improvisation, Orality, and Power in Early Modern Italy.” This is part of a new Humanities Center series that brings books recently published by Pitt faculty into conversation. Granshaw and Coleman will select excerpts from each other's books for discussion, and they will be available at the Humanities Center's shared folder. This event will be hybrid, so you can attend it either in person in the Cathedral of Learning or via Zoom.


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.