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Faculty Book Talks

The Library invites you to join Pitt faculty authors from various disciplines as they share their research and  discuss their recently published books.
Q & A will follow. Refreshments will be provided. This series is free and open to the public.

If you're Pitt faculty who has recently published and would like to schedule a book talk for your own publication, 
please contact Heidi Card at


All talks will be held from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Thornburgh Room on the 1st floor of Hillman Library.



November 8, 2017

Michael Glass
Priced Out: Stuyvesant Town and the Loss of Middle-Class Neighborhoods

In his recently published book, Priced Out: Stuyvesant Town and the Loss of Middle-Class Neighborhoods, Dr. Michael Glass and his co-authors introduce the story of a urban battle between the tenants and owners of an iconic Manhattan housing development. Since the early 2000’s the owners have attempted to create a luxury commodity by replacing longtime residents with a younger, more affluent demographic. The authors interviewed individuals from both sides of this changing urban landscape, revealing a compelling tale of capitalist strategies and renter’s rights.    

Dr. Glass teaches in Pitt’s Urban Studies program, with specific research interest in the role of borders and boundaries in shaping city identities, growth and development.




February 15, 2018

Nancy Glazener
Literature in the Making: A History of U.S. Literary Culture in the Long 19th Century

In her recently published book, Literature in the Making: A History of U.S. Literary Culture in the Long 19th Century, Nancy Glazener, Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies, examines the world of imaginative literature via historical literary debates that took place in a variety of locations, communities, and intellectual groups. The development of literature is viewed within its operation in print, its public literary culture, and how it became the 20th century discipline of study we use across universities and colleges today, with its precise rules for interpreting and valuing these texts, including how genres, canons, and national traditions were created.

Professor Glazener teaches in the English Literature program and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. Her scholarship and teaching focus on US literature from the 18th-century to the present and on contemporary fiction that circulates globally.



March 14, 2018

Richard Schultz
Families Caring for an Aging America

Dr. Richard Shultz, Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Gerontology and Associate Director of the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh will discuss the report he co-edited: Families Caring for an Aging America. This report examines the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults and the available evidence on the effectiveness of programs, supports, and other interventions designed to support family caregivers.

Dr. Schulz has spent most of his career doing research and writing on adult development and aging. His work has focused on social-psychological aspects of aging, including the impact of disabling late life disease on patients and their families. In the last decade, Dr. Schulz has become interested in supportive interventions, including technology-based approaches designed to enhance patient functioning and quality of life of both patients and their relatives.



April 4, 2018

Michael Heller
Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s

Michael C. Heller is an ethnomusicologist, music historian, and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. He will discuss his recently published book, Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s, an examination of Loft Jazz, a cultural phenomenon that occurred in the mid-1970's, not referring to a specific style of jazz, but rather named for the venues where this free jazz was played: former industrial loft spaces in NYC's SOHO district.

Professor Heller documents a historical account using both ethnographic and archival research, exploring issues surrounding this avant-garde music scene, from socio-political, economic, racial, and artistic perspectives that, along with gentrification efforts, ended up transforming the social atmosphere in lower Manhattan.