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The bell hooks center is an inclusive space where historically underrepresented students can come to be as they are, outside of the social scripts that circumscribe their living. We curate programs, collaborations and events that affirm these students’ sense of self and belonging—on campus and in the world. Our work is motivated by bell hooks’ famous insights that “patriarchy has no gender” and that, therefore, “feminism is for everybody.”

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Commissioned art piece by Rosy Petri

“The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is—it’s to imagine what is possible.”

—bell hooks
Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations (2012)

In this commissioned piece, Milwaukee-based artist Rosy Petri captures bell hooks’ teachings that art is a form of resistance.

Our programming

“The intentional programming from queer, brown and Appalachian people has spoken in many ways to students’ experiences. Some gender non-conforming students don’t even have a safe place in their own home. I believe that we are honoring John G. Fee’s radical history of inclusion.”

—Dr. Linda Strong-Leek, first African American provost, first Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, and former Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

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Launch Event

On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, the bell hooks center formally launched with opening remarks followed by a Gender Talk featuring black feminist icon Beverly Guy-Sheftall.

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Gender Talk event in the bell hooks center

Gender Talk

Gender Talk is a regular luncheon speaker series focusing on issues of sex, gender, sexuality, race/ism and their many and varied intersections. Distinguished scholars visit campus throughout the year.

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Pride Month Event Flyer


The bell hooks center recognizes PRIDE during the month of October, offering a series of speakers, workshops and other programming.

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Evening With an Activist Series Flyer

Evening with an Activist

A series of conversations with social justice activist students held on campus.

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Stay up to date with the bell hooks center

The bell hooks center newsletter provides information about upcoming events, resources for LGBTQPIA+ students at Berea and creative works from our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members!

November 2021 Newsletter

View previous issues of the WGS Department Newsletter

The bell hooks center Symposium

The center will develop and host a symposium that celebrates bell hooks’ works and moves her interventions into the present moment. What does it mean practically that “feminism is for everybody” or that “patriarchy knows no gender?”

Stay tuned for more information!

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