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Former President of American Sociological Association to Discuss 'Black Men, Violence and U.S. Society' in Talk at Ithaca College

 ITHACA, NY — Sociologist and author Patricia Hill Collins will present “At the Center of the Storm: Black Men, Violence and U.S. Society” at Ithaca College on Tuesday, March 27. Sponsored by the college’s Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, her talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Collins is a social theorist whose research and scholarship have examined issues of race, gender, social class, sexuality and/or nation. In 2008 she became the first African American woman elected to serve as president of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in the organization’s 104-year history.

Her 1990 book “Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment” won the Jessie Bernard Award of the ASA for significant scholarship in gender, and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. “Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism,” published in 2004, received the ASA’s 2007 Distinguished Publication Award. She coedited the anthology “Race, Class, and Gender,” which is widely used in college courses.

Collins has held editorial positions with professional journals, lectured widely in the United States and abroad, served in many capacities in professional organizations and acted as consultant for a number of businesses and community organizations. She is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and the Charles Phelps Taft Emeritus Professor of Sociology within the Department of African American Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Housed in the School of Humanities and Sciences, the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) prepares students to live in a multiracial and polycultural world by understanding how race and ethnicity shape an individual’s identity and life chances. This year’s CSCRE discussion series is focusing on the topic of “Black Men.” For more information, visit