The bell hooks Institute documents the life of acclaimed intellectual, feminist, artist, and writer bell hooks.
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The bell hooks Institute celebrates, honors, and documents the life and work of acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist, and writer bell hooks. Located close to the Appalachian hills in Berea, Kentucky, visitors to the bell hooks Institute have the opportunity to explore and visually engage with the artifacts, images, and manuscripts talked about in bell hooks's work. For example, you can see the brown baby doll bell writes about in her memoir Bone Black, look at the Star of David quilt her grandmother gave her when she left for college, check out the international editions of hooks's books.
The YAA Gallery at the bell hooks Institute showcases artwork by: Emma Amos, Carrie Mae Weems, Lyle Ashton Harris, Alison Saar, Alicia Henry, Elizabeth Catlett, Radcliffe Bailey, Moneta Sleet, and Margo Humphrey.
The Institute will bring together academics with local community members to study, learn and engage in critical dialogue. The bell hooks Institute brings scholars and thinkers from in and outside Kentucky to engage with us, to teach us, and to share new ideas in a setting that is local and diverse.
The bell hooks Institute documents the life and work of acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist and writer bell hooks. The Institute strives to promote the cause of ending domination through understanding the ways systems of exploitation and oppression intersect through critical thinking, teaching, events, and conversation.
YAA Gallery | bell hooks Institute
The YAA Gallery at the bell hooks Institute showcases works by Emma Amos, Carrie Mae Weems, Lyle Ashton Harris, Alison Saar, Alicia Henry, Elizabeth Catlett, Radcliffe Bailey, Moneta Sleet, and Margo Humphrey. Most of the work was in the personal collection of bell hooks with new pieces added. In creating the YAA Gallery, bell hooks chose to take the art from private to public space. In the initial essay of Art On My Mind: Visual Politics, bell hooks declares, "Art constitutes one of the rare locations where acts of transcendence can take place and have a wide-ranging transformative impact."
All of the work in this collection has been chosen because it speaks to my heart: it is beauty that interrogates and transforms. Sharing this work in Berea, Kentucky--in my home state--is part of giving back to the local environment that is my home place. Berea prides itself on being a place where "art is alive." Join us in celebrating a union of craft and fine art.
-- bell hooks
bell and Emma
Events at the bell hooks Institute
Fall 2016 at the bell hooks Institute:
Monday, October 3 4-6pm: Dee Dee Risher and bell hooks
Dee Dee Risher is associate communications director for Project HOME, a nonprofit working to end homelessness in Philadelphia. Risher has published over 200 articles in such magazines as Sojourners, Progressive Christian, The Utne Reader, and Grid magazine and blogs for The Huffington Post, Theological Curves, and other venues. Risher is a longtime resident of Philadelphias southwest Germantown neighborhood, a poor and working-class community, where she helped launch a faith-based, intentional cooperative housing community.
Monday, October 10 4-6pm: Dr. George Yancy and bell hooks
Dr. George Yancy is a professor of philosophy at Emory University. He has written, edited and co-edited numerous books, including Black Bodies, White Gazes, Look, a White! and Pursuing Trayvon Martin, co-edited with Janine Jones.
Tuesday, November 1 4-6pm: Mae Suramek and bell hooks
Mae Suramek is the founder of Noodle Nirvana, a restaurant in Berea, which betters communities by supporting local nonprofit initiatives. Suramek is the former executive director of the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, a non-profit service and advocacy organization whose mission is to eliminate sexual violence and human trafficking in 17 counties in central Kentucky. Suramek has a B.A. in psychology from Berea College and an M.A. in counseling from Eastern Kentucky University. She believes, with every fiber of her being, that the world is more whole when we focus on that which binds us, rather than what divides us.
Spring 2016 at the bell hooks Institute: Conversating: Black Men Speak
Saturday, April 9 4-6pm: Dr. Cornel West and bell hooks
Monday, April 11 4-6pm: Darnell Moore and bell hooks
Tuesday, April 12 4-6pm: Jim Embry and bell hooks
Wednesday, April 13 4-6pm: Oman Frame and bell hooks
* Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. *
Fall 2015 at the bell hooks Institute:
Sister to Sister with Beverly Guy-Sheftall and bell hooks
New Feminist Visions with Imani Perry and bell hooks
Black Macho Revisited with Michele Wallace
Gloria Steinem and bell hooks: A Conversation
Spring Preview 2014 at the bell hooks Institute:
Inauguration of the bell hooks Institute with Laverne Cox and bell hooks
Gloria Steinem and bell hooks at the bell hooks Institute
Conversating: Black Men Speak at the bell hooks Institute
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The bell hooks Institute
300 Center Street
Berea, KY 40403
Laverne Cox and bell hooks at the bell hooks Institute
As a bell hooks reader, Laverne Cox enthusiastically supports the bell hooks Institute. Understanding that it aims to be a place where learning conversations happen--talking together as a way of knowing our world better. The Institute aims to provide a way to educate as the practice of freedom that does not take place in the usual academic setting.
-- bell hooks
bell hooks Institute Mission Statement
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The inaugural 2015-2016 bad baby bell books from the bell hooks Institute:
Speaking Freely: a conversation with Ken Paulson and bell hooks