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Black Future Presents: A reading , lecture and conversation. 1/18/18


Past Events

Meet and Greet & Signing: Joe Wos

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Meet nationally acclaimed Pittsburgh cartoonist puzzle master, Joe Wos, who will be signing his books at the University Stores' Holiday Open House.


Workshop/Signing: It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and End the Cycle

Date: Friday, December 8, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Workshop Sponsored by the School of Social Work.

Registration Required: Please call 412-624-6902

Mark Wolynn's book available at the event and at The University Store on Fifth.

Mark Wolynn

The William M. Cooper Lecture

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear (and vice versa): The Highest Stakes in Medicine, Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2017, Noon - 1:00pm

Herberman Conference Center

5230 Centre Avenue

William M. Cooper Lecture, Medical Humanities, UPMC. Dr. Ofri's books available at the lecture and at The University Store on Fifth

Book Signing Event: Don Bialostosky

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Center for Creativity: The Workshop

Dr. Don Bialostosky, professor and chair of the English department, will present a short workshop around his latest book and sign copies in the Center for Creativity Workshop at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 15. "How to Play a Poem" identifies and centers, in the words of UC Berkeley's Charles F. Altieri, "two fundamental properties of poetry -- the invitation to 'play' that combines following a score with participation in dramatic role-playing, and the invitation to readers to participate in the imagined recreation of delivered utterances at once in time and in another kind of social space." Light snacks will be provided!

Book Signing Event: Lori Jakiela

Date: Friday, November 10, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lori Jakiela signs copies of her new book "Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker"

Lecture and Book Signing Event with Anne Garrels

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 5:00pm

Location: 4130 Posvar Hall

Former Senior NPR Journalist, Winner of Courage in Journalism and Polk Awards Anne Garrels presents her most recent book: Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia - Book available at signing and at The University Store on Fifth.

P.S. Duffy

Date: Thursday November 2, 2017, 12:00pm

Location: The University Store on Fifth

P.S. Duffy, author

Ron Donohughe

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 12pm-1:30pm

Location: The University Store on Fifth

Meet & Greet author Ron Donohughe

Author, Physicist Daniel Whiteson

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8pm-9:30pm

Location: University Club, Ballroom B

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe is co-authored with noted "PhD" cartoonist Jorge Cham.

"Prepare to learn everything we still don't know about our strange and mysterious universe. Humanity's understanding of the physical world is full of gaps..." [Publishers review] Available at the signing and The University Store on Fifth.

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series Homecoming: Pitt MFA Alumni Poets

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7pm

Location: Kurtzman Room WPU

Readings by University of Pittsburgh Poets: CM Burroughs, Cindy Arrieu-King, Brandon Som and Stacey Waite

Marcus Rediker Book Launch & Symposium

Date: Tuesday October 10, 2017, 6:00pm

Location: University Club, Conference Room A

Please join us for the Pittsburgh launch of Marcus Rediker's "The Fearless Benjamin Lay".

Free and Open to the Public

Books available for sale on site.

Black Futures

Date: Wednesday October 4, 2017, 7:30pm

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Featuring: Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Renee Gladman, John Keene and Val Jeanty

Books available for sale on site.

Jeff Guinn

Date: Thursday September 28, 2017, 8:30pm

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Sponsored by Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series

Event is Free and Open to the Public

Books available for sale on site.

Thomas Shapiro, Ph.D.

Date: Tuesday September 26, 2017, 12:00pm

Location: Cathedral of Learning, Rm. 2017

Thomas Shapiro, Ph.D., author of "Toxic Inequality" is the premier speaker of the Center on Race and Social Problems' Fall Speaker Series

Books available for sale on site.

JD Barker

Date: July 18, 2017, noon

Location: University Store on Fifth

JD Barker presents his new work The Fourth Monkey.

JD Barker, bestselling author

Meet Joe Wos, author of A-Maze-Ing Animals: 50 Mazes for Kids

Date:May 10, 2017, 12 – 1 pm

A-Maze-Ing Animals: 50 Mazes for Kids is available at the University Store on Fifth. To learn more about Joe Wos please click here.


Babs Carryer

Date: April 18th @ 12 - 1 PM.

Location: Center for Creativity Workshop @ the University Store on Fifth


Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series Presents: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Date: March 20th @ 7:00 PM.

Location: William Pitt Assembly Room


Moonglow available at the December 9th event and at The University Store


American Experience Lecture: Cokie Roberts

Time: 7:00 PM.

Location: Alumni Hall, 7th Floor Auditorium

Sponsors: The University Honors College and The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy.

Free and Open to the Public but space is limited.

Please Follow the link to reserve your seat

Books available at Event, The University Store and

Cokie Roberts

Political commentator for ABC News and NPR

In her more than forty years in broadcasting, Cokie Roberts has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

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Signing Event

Author: Michael MacCambridge

Title: Chuck Noll, His Life’s Work

Date: December 2, 2016

Time: Noon – 1 pm

Location: The University Store on Fifth

Books available at The University Store and website.

Michael MacCambridge goes behind the Steel Curtain and unveils the coach who delivered a football dynasty, Chuck Noll. Having covered Chuck during most of his Steelers career, I learned things I didn't know about his struggles and his brilliance. Thanks to relentless research and impressive interviews, Michael puts you behind the desk and along the sidelines to show how one of football's greatest minds executed his successful game plan. A Hall of Fame effort." --John Clayton, ESPN

Published: July 2016

Seminar & Signing

Author: George Gopen

Date: Wednesday November 30, 2016

Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: 7th Floor Auditorium, Alumni Hall

Sponsor: Academic Career Development, Health Sciences

Contact the Office of Academic Career Development

412-648-8486 or

George Gopen is the creator of the groundbreaking method known as The Reader Expectation Approach. It allows writers to predict with great accuracy how most readers will interpret the writer’s text. It therefore gives writers a new inroad to their own thinking process. Dr. Gopen has consulted with and lectured to thousands around the world, assisting writers of law, science, technology, and any other professional prose.

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