University of Pittsburgh's Homepage

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.

Book Talks are held in the Spring and Fall semesters. 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.

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


February 27

Jeanne Marie Laskas

To Obama, With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thornburgh Room 1st Floor Hillman Library

President Barack Obama received ten thousand letters a day from his constituents. This is the story of the private and profound relationship with letter writers that shaped his presidency. Their voices combine to reveal a diary of a nation.


March 27

Kirk Savage

Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in the Nineteenth-Century America

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thornburgh Room 1st Floor Hillman Library

Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves explores how the history of slavery and its violent end was told in public spaces―specifically in the sculptural monuments that came to dominate streets, parks, and town squares in nineteenth-century America.