As a supplement to our first reading, The Beloved Community, we are including a conversation between author George Brosi and noted theorist and scholar bell hooks. Sharing the same name as our book, this conversation looks at the concept of the beloved community from the perspective of hooks’ lifetime of work, asking how the civil rights work behind the beloved community and liberation fuse into individual love and community emergence.
You can access the short interview here; site requires you to be logged into SPU Library.
bell hooks, is an American social activist, feminist and author. She was born on September 25, 1952. bell hooks is the nom de plume for Gloria Jean Watkins. bell hooks examines the multiple networks that connect gender, race, and class. She examines systematic oppression with the goal of a liberatory politics. She also writes on the topics of mass media, art, and history. bell hooks is a prolific writer, having composed a plethora of articles for mainstream and scholarly publications. Her methodology has been considered to be post-modern and or post-colonial. bell hooks has written and published dozens of books. At Yale University, bell hooks was a Professor of African and African-American Studies and English. At Oberlin College, she was an Associate Professor of Women‚’s Studies and American Literature. At the City College of New York, bell hooks also held the position of Distinguished Lecturer of English Literature. bell hooks has been awarded The American Book Awards/Before Columbus Foundation Award, The Writer’s Award from Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, and The Bank Street College Children’s Book of the Year. She has also been ranked as one of the most influential American thinkers by Publisher’s Weekly and The Atlantic monthly.
Image – bell hooks at the New School discussing transgressive sexual practice by Alex Lozupone – CC BY 4.0