Tuesday, October 7th, 2014. New York City – “bell hooks (née Gloria Watkins) is among the leading public intellectuals of her generation. Her writings cover a broad range of topics including gender, race, teaching, and contemporary culture. This fall marks the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Teaching to Transgress: Education as a Practice of Freedom, Dr. hooks’ seminal book on educational practices. This weeklong residency is an opportunity for The New School community to directly engage with Dr. hooks and her commitment to education and learning as a place “where paradise can be created.””_The New School. Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts.
The public events are from Friday, October 3, 2014 to Friday, October 10, 2014.
For more than three decades, bell hooks (née Gloria Watkins) has been recognized internationally as a scholar, poet, author, and radical thinker. The dozens of books and articles she has published span several genres, including cultural and political analyses and critiques, personal memoirs, poetry collections, and children’s books. Her writings cover topics of gender, race, class, spirituality, teaching, and the significance of media in contemporary culture. According to Dr. hooks, these topics must be understood as interconnected in the production of systems of oppression and class domination.
Dr. hooks has appeared in documentary films. She has been celebrated as one of our nation’s leading public intellectuals by The Atlantic Monthly and listed as one of Utne Reader’s “100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life.” She is a charismatic speaker who divides her time between teaching, writing, and lecturing around the world.
When Dr. hooks published her first book, And There We Wept, in 1978, she released it under the name “bell hooks” for two reasons. The first was to honor her maternal grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks, whom she has described as being “known for her snappy and bold tongue.” Secondly, and more broadly, the name, expressed in lowercase letters, de-emphasizes the author as person and instead focuses attention on the subject of her writing.
A topic prominent in Dr. hooks’ most recent writings is community and communion, the ability of loving communities to overcome race, class, and gender inequalities. Another prominent theme in her work has been education, which she views as a practice of freedom. Dr. hooks has called for an approach to learning that nurtures “radical critical consciousness.” “The academy is not paradise,” she wrote in 1994’s Teaching to Transgress. “But learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom with all its limitations remains a location of possibility.
This bell hooks residency at The New School coincides with the 20th anniversary of Teaching to Transgress and is a special opportunity for students to engage with education as a practice of freedom. They can participate in a series of intimate conversations and public dialogues on subjects ranging from politics to love, race to spirituality, gender to lived bodies.”
Friday, October 3, 2014.
Open Celebration: I Confess, I Transgress.
Friday, October 3, 2014. 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street.
bell hooks; William Germano, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Cooper Union, and formerly vice-president and publishing director, Routledge; and Stephanie Browner for a reception and a discussion and celebration of the 20th anniversary of Teaching to Transgress.
Monday, October 6, 2014.
Teaching to Transgress Today: Theory and Practice In and Outside the Classroom.
10/6/2014. 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Orozco Room, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall.
A lecture by Imani Perry (Professor, Center for African American Studies, and Faculty Associate, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University) followed by a dialogue with bell hooks, Karlyn Crowley (Director of the Cassandra Voss Center & Professor of English, St. Norbert College), Zillah Eisenstein (Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence & Professor of Political Theory and Anti-Racist Feminisms, Ithaca College), and Shannon Winnubst (Associate Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University) in a continuing discussion. Presented by Eugene Lang College.
Forever Young: A Public Dialogue Between bell hooks & Gloria Steinem.
10/6/2014. 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street.
bell hooks and Gloria Steinem in a discussion about how feminism encourages transgression, or not.
Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She now lives in New York City, and is currently at work on Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered, a book about her more than thirty years on the road as a feminist organizer.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014.
Transgression: Whose Booty Is This?
10/7/2014. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Orozco Room, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall.
An open conversation for students with bell hooks, Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer (assistant director of the Cassandra Voss Center, St. Norbert College), Lynnee Denise (Founder & Vision Director, WildSeed Cultural Group), and Stephanie Troutman (assistant professor of Leadership & Educational Studies; Affiliate Faculty, Women’s Studies, Appalachian State University). Hosted by Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts.
A Public Dialogue Between bell hooks & Laverne Cox.
10/7/2014. 7:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street.
Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the groundbreaking role of “Sophia Burset,” an incarcerated African American transgender woman. Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Time Magazine named Sophia Burset the 4th most influential fictional character of 2013.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014.
A Public Dialogue Between bell hooks & Cornel West.
10/8/2014. 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College.
Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. He has written 19 books and edited 13 books. He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span, Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show. He can be heard weekly with Tavis Smiley on Smiley & West, the national public radio program distributed by Public Radio International (PRI).
Man Enough: Theory and Practice In and Outside the Classroom.
10/8/2014. 7:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College.
An open dialogue on masculinity with bell hooks, Oman Frame (Junior High Homebase teacher & Middle School Director of Equity and Justice, The Paideia School), Darnell Moore (writer and activist), Ron Scapp (educator and author), and Kurt Voss (CEO, AmeriLux International, LLC & Founder, Cassandra Voss Center, St. Norbert College).
Thursday, October 9, 2014.
Transgressive Sexual Practice.
10/9/2014. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College.
An open dialogue on sexuality with bell hooks, Marci Blackman (Author of Tradition), Samuel “Chip” Delany (Director, Creative Writing (Fiction), College of Liberal Arts, Temple University), and M. Lamar (video artist and sculptor).
Friday, October 10, 2014.
bell hooks: Transgression In Public Spaces.
10/10/2014. 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The New School’s University Center. 14th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Join bell hooks in a special conversation covering the topics of her residency and featuring surprise guests. The bell hooks residency at The New School coincides with the 20th anniversary of Teaching to Transgress and is a special opportunity for students to engage with education as a practice of freedom. They can participate in a series of intimate conversations and public dialogues on subjects ranging from politics to love, race to spirituality, gender to lived bodies.