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Bell Hooks to Speak on Northwestern Evanston Campus March 1

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February 20, 2006 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. ---Scholar, feminist theorist and author bell hooks (spelled without capital letters), one of the leading public intellectuals of her generation, will visit Northwestern University’s Evanston campus on Wednesday, March 1.

Her 7 p.m. talk, “An Evening with bell hooks,” will be held at the Technological Institute, Ryan Family Auditorium, 2145 N. Sheridan Road. Her free talk is open to the public, however tickets will be required for admission. A book signing will follow her lecture.

The Cultural Connections Lecture is among the many events that Northwestern University has scheduled for Black History Month.

Born Gloria Watkins, hooks is Distinguished Professor of English at City College in New York. While she is mainly known as a feminist thinker, she is the mostly widely published black feminist scholar ever, having written more than 20 books on gender, race, teaching and the significance of media for contemporary culture. She strongly believes that these topics cannot be addressed separately but must be understood as being interconnected.

Among her many works are “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center” (1984); “Yearning: Race, Class and Cultural Politics” (1990); “Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom” (1994); “We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity” (2004); and “The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity and Love” (2004).

hooks use of a pseudonym is intended to honor her grandmother (whose name she uses) and her mother, as well as provide a separate voice from the person of Gloria Watkins. Both the “decapitalization” and the pseudonym are attempts to take the reader’s focus away from the author and place it on the content of her work.

Free tickets for “An Evening with bell hooks” will be available at Northwestern University’s Norris University Center’s Box Office, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston campus, after Feb. 22.

Tickets will be limited to four per person. For more information, call (847) 467-6200.

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