The Luann Dummer Center for Women will host a discussion on Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment, a book by Dr. Patricia Hill Collins, on Wednesday, April 6.

Dr. Patricia Hill Collins

Dr. Patricia Hill Collins

The discussion will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the women’s center. The first 15 participants who sign up for the discussion will receive a free copy of the book. Select chapters will be read for the discussion.

Black Feminist Thought received the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Collins is a distinguished university professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, she is the Charles Phelps Taft Emeritus Professor of Sociology within the Department of African American Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Collins has written:

  • Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender and the New Racism (2004), which received ASA’s 2007 Distinguished Publication Award
  • Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice (1998)
  • From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism and Feminism (2005)
  • Race, Class and Gender: An Anthology 7th ed. (2010), edited with Margaret Andersen, a reader widely used in classrooms in more than 200 colleges and universities
  • Another Kind of Public Education: Race, Schools, the Media and Democratic Possibilities (2009).

In 2008 she became the 100th president of the American Sociological Association, the first African American woman elected to this position in the organization’s 104-year history.

The book discussion will be held to prepare for a lecture by Collins, “Still Brave? Black Feminism and Social Justice,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.

This event is co-sponsored by the Luann Dummer Center for Women, the Office of the President/Diversity, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of American Culture and Difference.

To register for the book discussion, email Pat Alexander, indicating your position as student, faculty, staff or “other,” and include your campus mail number. A copy of Collins’ book will be sent to the first 15 who register.