Distinguished Scholar bell hooks to Speak at Mason

Posted: March 12, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

bell hooks, one of the most widely published black feminist scholars in the United States, will visit the Fairfax Campus to speak about the role of higher education in promoting participatory democracy and social justice.

Her presentation will be on Monday, March 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Harris Theater.

Professor hooks says her pseudonym is in lowercase letters because “it is the substance of my books, not who is writing them, that is important.” After the presentation there will be a reception in Student Union I, Patriot’s Lounge, until 6 p.m.

hooks has a BA from Stanford University, an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has taught at several institutions of higher education, including Yale University, Oberlin College and City College of New York.

To prepare for hooks’ visit, the Mason community is invited to read a chapter titled “Democratic Education” from her book, “Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope.” Copies are on reserve at the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (Enterprise Hall, Room 441), the Center for Teaching Excellence (Johnson Center, Room 241), the Paul Robeson Room (Johnson Center, Room 249C), and the Women’s Center (Johnson Center, Room 240K).

The presentation is offered as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Interdisciplinary Committee’s Moments of Truth series. Launched last year, the series brings distinguished leaders to campus to address ethics from multiple perspectives.

For more information, contact Heather Hare or Matthew Bruno, co-chairs of the New Century College Diversity Committee, or visit the diversity web site.

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