bell hooks Scholar-in-Residence

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.

This spring, the bell hooks residency at The New School is a special opportunity for students and the public to engage with the practice of critical thinking.


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bell hooks + Chirlane McCray
Friday, May 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
Open to the public; free admission; RSVP requested.
Join bell hooks and Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City and chair of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, in a conversation about critical thinking and healing in contemporary society.

Miss something? See all of the Residency videos here.