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bell hooks to speak on April 25th FOR FREE

Straight from NY: an exclusive Portland appearance.
The Women's Resource Center & The Rearguard Present:
bell hooks: On "Ending Violence and what LOVE has to do with it"

WHEN: April 25, 2002 6:30 PM
WHERE: Portland State University, Peter Scott Center, Main Gym

Opening Act by Turiya Autry and other local poets at 6:30 PM
bell hooks at 7:30 PM

The event is free and open to the public. Any and all donations are welcome at the door. All proceeds will go to support one person from Dignity Village and an African-American female to go to school at Portland State University.

bell hooks (nee Gloria Watkins) is Distinguished Professor of English at
City College in New York. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky in 1952, hooks, received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1973, her M.A. in 1976 from the University of Wisconsin and her Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Although hooks is mainly known as a feminist thinker, her writings cover a broad range of topics on gender, race, teaching and the significance of media for contemporary culture. She strongly believes that these topics cannot be dealt with as separately, but must be understood as being interconnectedness. As an example, she refers to the idea of a "White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy" and its interconnectedness, rather than to its more traditionally separated and component parts.

A passionate scholar, hooks is among the leading public intellectuals of her generation. hooks, like Paulo Freire, sees education as the practice of freedom. Profoundly influenced by Freire, she sees his ideas as affirming her "right as a subject in resistance to define reality." (Teaching to Transgress , p.53).

For hooks: "teaching is a performative act... that offers the space
for change, invention, spontaneous shifts, that can serve as a catalyst drawing out the unique elements in each classroom." (Ibid, p. 11)

The event is cosponsored by: PSU's Speakeršs board, Chiron Studies, Center for Excellence in Writing, PSU Conflict Resolution Department, PSU Multicultural Center, Black Cultural Affairs Board (BCAB), Education WithOut Borders, Club Ed and the PSUšs Womenšs Studies Department.

For more information please call 503-725-2965 or 503-725-2966 or e-mail