hillbilly Documentary Film to Debut, Berea College Faculty Featured

hillbilly documentary posterhillbilly, a new documentary film that explores the historical basis of cultural stereotypes about people from Appalachia in film and television, is scheduled to make its worldwide debut at the Nashville Film Festival on May 19, 2018.

The film’s two directors, Ashley York and Sally Rubin, both with Appalachian roots, interviewed Berea faculty, including Chad Berry, bell hooks and Silas House. Other Bereans connected with the film are musician and alumnus Sam Gleaves, who was interviewed and contributed music, and Sam Cole, who is the associate producer. Several other alumni made appearances in the film as well. Continue reading hillbilly Documentary Film to Debut, Berea College Faculty Featured

bell hooks to be Inducted Into Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

bell hooks speakingBerea author, feminist and social activist, bell hooks, is one of four writers to be inducted into the 2018 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame on Jan. 31 at the Lexington Carnegie Center.

“bell hooks is one of the most influential cultural critics of our time,” said Neil Chethik, executive director of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. “She has built a worldwide readership over 40 years with unique insights on such topics as love, race and power.” Continue reading bell hooks to be Inducted Into Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

bell hooks and Crystal Wilkinson Featured Speakers at Kentucky Book Fair

bell hooks and Crystal Wilkinsonbell hooks and Crystal Wilkinson will be “In Conversation” at the Kentucky Book Fair Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The annual event, presented by Kentucky Humanities, features more than 180 writers and speakers from across the country.

Continue reading bell hooks and Crystal Wilkinson Featured Speakers at Kentucky Book Fair

bell hooks Named Iconic Black Trailblazer, Represents Kentucky

Congratulations to bell hooks, professor in residence in Berea College’s Appalachian Center for being named as one of “50 Iconic Black Trailblazers Who Represent Every State In America” by Huffington Post. Continue reading bell hooks Named Iconic Black Trailblazer, Represents Kentucky

Notable Black Women Authors Captivated Audiences in Berea

Ten national and regional black authors spoke recently at the inaugural Black Women Writers Symposium: Writing the Natural World, Appalachia & Beyond at Berea College. The day-long event, the first of its kind in the region, was presented FREE to the public. Continue reading Notable Black Women Authors Captivated Audiences in Berea

Black Women Writers To Gather at Berea College Symposium

Noted national and regional black women authors will be presenting at the Black Women Writers Symposium: Writing the Natural World, Appalachia & Beyond, to be held Friday, October 21 at the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center on the Berea College campus. The day-long event, the first of its kind in the region, is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. Continue reading Black Women Writers To Gather at Berea College Symposium

“Conversating: Black Men Speak”

conversating: Black Men Speak

The bell hooks Institute at Berea College will be hosting events called “Conversating: Black Men Speak” on April 9, and April 11-13, 2016.

Acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist and writer bell hooks will hold conversations with the following guest speakers: Continue reading “Conversating: Black Men Speak”

Berea Women: In Synch With Success

Women in Science

Berea’s female students completely SWEPT the undergraduate category of the poster session at the recent Tri-State Women in Computing Conference held in Cincinnati. They took all three top places! Raunak Shona Thakur received Honorable Mention (Third place) in the Undergraduate Category for “Using Web Technologies to Improve Application Process.” In Second Place in the Undergraduate Category, Phyo Phyo Kyaw Zin was awarded a $300 scholarship for “Developing Dashboard Management System (DMS).” The First Place Award in the Undergraduate Category went to Amber Tolleson and Ashley Aiken for “The Detection of Gas in Fracking Contaminated Water,” for which they received a $1,000 scholarship to be split between them. Continue reading Berea Women: In Synch With Success

Gloria Steinem and bell hooks Speak at the bell hooks Institute

Gloria Steinem and bell hooks

Gloria Steinem and bell hooks

Noted American writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist Gloria Steinem and bell hooks, Berea’s Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies, recently spoke at the bell hooks Institute at Berea College. During the event Steinem and hooks shared memories from their distinguished careers, passages from their books and reflections about feminism and other current issues. The occasion was part of a series of ongoing events to celebrate the opening of the bell hooks Institute.

Largest Gathering of Appalachian Writers in History to Assemble at Berea College in September

The largest gathering of Appalachian writers in history will happen at Berea College on September 9 and 10. The Appalachian Symposium will be two days of public conversations focusing on the current state of the region’s literature and will feature keynote addresses by famed feminist author and activist bell hooks as well as Pulitzer Prize finalist Maurice Manning.   Continue reading Largest Gathering of Appalachian Writers in History to Assemble at Berea College in September

Berea Professor, bell hooks Inducted Into Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Noted author and Berea College Professor, bell hooks was one of 35 people inducted into Kentucky’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame today.

The Kentucky Commission of Human Rights selects individuals for this distinction in recognition of their efforts to help improve the quality of life for Kentucky, the United States and beyond, in the areas of human and civil rights. Continue reading Berea Professor, bell hooks Inducted Into Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Two Renowned Authors Offer ‘Advice from Appalachian Intellectuals’ to Berea College Graduates, May 4

Watch the live video stream on the day of commencement.

bell hooks, a celebrated author and social activist, and Silas House, a best-selling novelist and environmental activist, will address 271 members of Berea College’s 142nd graduating class during a special commencement service titled “Advice from Appalachian Intellectuals.” Both commencement speakers are faculty members in Berea College’s Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. Continue reading Two Renowned Authors Offer ‘Advice from Appalachian Intellectuals’ to Berea College Graduates, May 4