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Author and Social Critic bell hooks to Discuss 'Ending Racism' at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) will continue the celebration of its 10th anniversary on Tuesday, Oct. 5, with a talk by author and social critic bell hooks. Her presentation, “Talking Race: Ending Racism,” will be held at 7 p.m. in Textor 102. It is free and open to the public.

Born Gloria Jean Watkins in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, she chose the lower-case pen name bell hooks, based on the names of her mother and grandmother, to emphasize the importance of the substance of her writing as opposed to who she is. She is the author of over 30 books, many of which have focused on issues of social class, race and gender. Her first major work, “Ain’t I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism,” gained widespread recognition as an influential contribution to postmodern feminist thought.

Among other institutions, hooks has taught at Yale University, Oberlin College and the City College of New York. Since 2004 she has served as Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College in Kentucky. In her most recent book, “Belonging: A Culture of Place,” hooks wrote about growing up in the hills of Kentucky, her long years away, and her return, which inspired a fresh look at the self-reliant communities of black Appalachians and their nurturing connection to the land.

Honors for hooks have included the American Book Award, given by the Before Columbus Foundation, and the Writer’s Award, presented by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund.

Her presentation is part of the annual discussion series hosted by the CSCRE. Titled “Centering the Margins,” the series this year is offering a retrospect on the center’s activities over the past decade as well as a look ahead to its future. In the fall of 2001, hooks had also spoken as part of the series.

For more information, visit /cscre/discussionseries/.