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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.


September 6, 2017

George Reid Andrews
Afro-Latin America: Black Lives, 1600-2000

In his recently published book, Afro-Latin America: Black Lives, 1600-2000, George Reid Andrews, Distinguished Professor of History, examines the heritage of black Latin Americans who made up the majority of descendants from the 11 million Africans who came to Spanish America and Brazil between 1500 and 1870. This heritage is reconstructed from personal testimonies of individual Afro-Latin Americans, writings of African-Americans who visited the area, and the work of scholars and activists. The exclusion of Afro-Latin Americans in Latin-American historical narratives, consistently justified as “racial democracy,” (a scholarly theory that racism was irrelevant due to specific social factors that integrated Afro-Latin Americans into society) is challenged and brought to the present, examining debates of black civil rights movements that challenge this supposed racial equality and demand it be achieved.

Professor Andrews teaches courses on colonial and modern Latin American, including such topics as race relations, society, Afro-Latino America, and relations between Latin-America and the United States.


October 18, 2017

Jennifer Murtazashvili
Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan

In her recently published book,  Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan, Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), draws on her ethnographic fieldwork on the role of customary and village governance in the state-building process in Afghanistan. She conducted interviews and focus groups in more than 30 Afghan villages across six provinces over the span of two years.

Professor Murtazashvili teaches topics including Central and South Asian Politics, Former Soviet Politics, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Formal and Informal Political Institutions, Political Economy of Development, Decentralization and Local Governance, and Field Methods.


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.