bell hooks returns for third residency at the new school

October 3 - 10 in New York

Influential Author to Take Part in a Weeklong Series of Public Events and Student Workshops, Featuring Conversations with Gloria Steinem, Laverne Cox, and More

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bell hooks at The New School (Photo: Spencer Kohn, 2013)

NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2014- This fall, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts welcomes back author and radical thinker bell hooks as scholar-in-residence. Entitled “Transgression,” the weeklong residency runs from October 3-10 and features a series of public dialogues and student workshops with leading public intellectuals. "Transgression" coincides with the 20th anniversary of the 1994 publication of hooks' seminal book, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (Routledge).

hooks’ fall residency will bring her together in conversation with leading feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem (10/6); actress and LGBTQ advocate Laverne Cox (10/7); public intellectual and philosopher Cornel West (10/8); and author and literary critic Samuel R. Delany (10/10). Her previous two residencies at The New School have garnered extensive attention: the public conversation with MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry last fall was widely viewed and circulated.

"I am thrilled to welcome bell hooks back for the third residency in her series at The New School,” says Stephanie Browner, Dean of Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. “Dr. hooks' work and the thinking behind it, like the education at The New School, is relentlessly relevant, provocative, and focused on social activism through the lens of theoretical rigor."

Named “one of the nation’s leading public intellectuals” by The Atlantic, hooks has authored or edited more than 40 books and countless articles on feminism, spirituality, race, and class. They include the acclaimed Ain’t I A Woman?, Black Women and Feminism, and Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center. Her most recent book, published in 2012, is a collection of essays entitled Writing Beyond Race: Living Theory and Practice.

Events throughout the week are free, but reservations are required. Visit The New School's event calendar to learn more. Members of the press, please RSVP to Kasia Broussalian at broussak@newschool.edu.

Read on for a Full Schedule of Transgression: bell hooks as Scholar-in-Residence at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

Open Celebration: I Confess, I Transgress
Friday, October 3, 5:00-7:00pm
Wollman Hall, 65 W 11th Street
Open to the public; free admission. RSVP is requested.
Join bell hooks, William Germano, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Cooper Union, and formerly vice-president and publishing director, Routledge; and Eugene Lang College Dean Stephanie Browner for a discussion, reception, and celebration of the twentieth anniversary of Teaching to Transgress.

Teaching to Transgress Today: Theory and Practice In and Outside the Classroom
Monday, October 6, 12:00-2:00pm
Orozco Room, 66 W 12th Street, 7th Floor
Open to the public; free admission. RSVP is requested.
The event features a talk by Imani Perry, Professor, Center for African American Studies, and Faculty Associate, Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University, entitled "Shaping Feminist Thought: The Profound Influence of bell hooks," followed by a dialogue with bell hooks; Karlyn Crowley, Director of the Cassandra Voss Center & Professor of English at St. Norbert College; Zillah Eisenstein, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence & Professor of Political Theory and Anti-Racist Feminisms at Ithaca College; and Shannon Winnubst, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University.

Forever Young: A Public Dialogue between bell hooks & Gloria Steinem
Monday, October 6, 5:30-7:30pm
The Auditorium at 66 W 12th Street
Open to the public; free admission. RSVP is requested.
Join bell hooks and renowned feminist Gloria Steinem in a discussion about how feminism encourages transgression, or not.

Transgression: Who’s Booty Is This?
Tuesday, October 7, 3:00-4:00pm
Orozco Room, 66 W 12th Street, 7th Floor
Open to New School students only; RSVP REQUIRED.
An open conversation for students with bell hooks, Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer, Assistant Director of the Cassandra Voss Center at St. Norbert College, Lynee Denise, Founder & Vision Director, at WildSeed Cultural Group, and Stephanie Troutman, Assistant Professor of Leadership & Educational Studies; Affiliate Faculty, Women's Studies, Appalachian State University.

A Public Dialogue between bell hooks & Laverne Cox
Tuesday, October 7, 7:00-8:00pm
The Auditorium at 66 W 12th Street
Open to the public; free admission. RSVP is requested.

A Public Dialogue between bell hooks & Cornel West
Wednesday, October 8, 4:30-6:00pm
Wollman Hall, 65 W 11th Street
Open to the public; free admission. RSVP is requested.

Man Enough: Theory and Practice In and Outside the Classroom
Wednesday, October 8, 7:00-8:00pm
Wollman Hall, 65 W 11th Street
Open to the Public. RSVP is requested.
An open dialogue on masculinity with bell hooks; Oman Frame, Junior High Homebase teacher & Middle School Director of Equity and Justice at The Paideia School; Darnell Moore, writer and activist; Ron Scapp, educator and author; and Kurt Voss, CEO, AmeriLux International, LLC & Founder, Cassandra Voss Center at St. Norbert College.

Transgressive Sexual Practice
Thursday, October 9, 5:00-7:00pm
Orozco Room, 66 W 12th Street, 7th Floor
Open to the public; RSVP REQUIRED.
An open dialogue on sexuality with bell hooks, Marci Blackman, Author, Tradition, Samuel R. Delany, Director, Creative Writing (Fiction), College of Liberal Arts at Temple University, and M. Lamar, video artist and sculptor.

Transgression at The New School
Friday, October 10, 12:30-2:00pm
Orozco Room, 66 W 12th Street, 7th Floor
Open to all New School faculty only; RSVP REQUIRED.
An open conversation with faculty about transgression in the classroom.

About bell hooks
 When Gloria Jean Watkins 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 and its lower-case written form were intended to de-emphasize the author as person and instead focus the reader’s attention on the subject of her writing. hooks’ writing, which includes dozens of books and articles published across five decades, has dealt with numerous topics and encompasses several genres, including cultural and political analyses and critiques, personal memoirs, poetry collections, and children’s books. One prominent theme in her work has been education. She has called for an approach to learning that nurtures “radical critical consciousness.” “To educate as the practice of freedom is a way of teaching that anyone can learn,” she wrote in 1994’s Teaching to Transgress. “The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom with all its limitations remains a location of possibility.”

Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts is a seminar-style liberal arts college located in New York City that was established in 1985. Remaining faithful to its founding philosophy, Eugene Lang College grew out of a highly progressive freshman-year program developed at The New School in 1973. Lang offers intensive liberal arts study as well as a faculty committed to teaching undergraduates in an interdisciplinary context. Areas of study include religious studies, urban studies, social inquiry, interdisciplinary science, culture and media, literary studies, the arts, philosophy, psychology, economics, and environmental studies. For more information, visit www.newschool.edu/lang.

Founded in 1919, The New School was born out of principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Committed to social engagement, The New School today remains in the vanguard of innovation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students challenging the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The New School welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and calendar of lectures, screenings, readings, and concerts. Through its online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence. Learn more at www.newschool.edu.

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