HCC slates March series to screen bell hooks interviews

The public is invited to the screenings at noon on March 1, 15, 22 and 29.

Hopkinsville Community College will host four screenings of videotaped interviews and discussions featuring Hopkinsville native Gloria Jean Watkins, the late author best known by the pen name bell hooks, at the college in March for Women’s History Month. 

The videos will be shown on the big screen at Thomas L. Riley Hall in HCC’s Auditorium. A discussion facilitated by faculty will follow. The screenings are scheduled for noon on March 1, 15, 22 and 29. The college will serve light refreshments, and COVID-19 protocols will be observed. Attendees are asked to wear a mask.  

bell hooks screening at hcc
Hopkinsville Community College hosts the first of four screenings of interviews with bell hooks on March 1, 2022. (HCC photo, Facebook)

hooks, a Hopkinsville native, died at her home in Berea on Dec. 15. She was 69 years old. 

“The chance to hear Dr. hooks articulate her research and thoughts and process that in a discussion forum gives us the chance to visit again with a giant in the field of feminism particularly,” history professor Dr. John Davis said in a news release. HCC’s History Club, Religion & Philosophy Club and the HCC Office of Student Engagement are sponsors of the series. 

The college noted that hooks’ work included “lectures, writing and art on topics as varied as class, gender, systemic oppression, love, race, feminism, mass media and music, history and art.”

The series will cover the following topics: 

March 1
Remembering bell hooks and her enormous legacy; bell hooks and her critique of imperialist white supremacist heteropatriarchy

March 15
How Do We Define Feminist Liberation? 

March 22
bell hooks Speaks on Culture, Race and Healthy Self Esteem

March 29
All About Love: New Visions – Spirituality, Love, Christianity, and Buddhism 

HCC recently announced it also plans to recognize hooks by installing a sculpture in her honor at the Round Table Literary Park on campus.

HCC slates March series to screen bell hooks interviews

Jennifer P. Brown | Hoptown Chronicle

Jennifer P. Brown is co-founder, publisher and editor of Hoptown Chronicle. You can reach her at editor@hoptownchronicle.org. She spent 30 years as a reporter and editor at the Kentucky New Era. She is a co-chair of the national advisory board to the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, governing board president for the Kentucky Historical Society, and co-founder of the Kentucky Open Government Coalition.