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1995: The Birth of bell hooks

June 26, 2016

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In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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"W hen black feminism needed a voice, bell hooks was born," The Chronicle wrote in introducing an interview with the "doyenne of black cultural studies." At the time a professor of English at the City University of New York, Gloria Watkins said that "I haven’t really tried to take on the identity of bell hooks. It’s been very much a writing name, and now more of a writing persona." With her outspoken books, including Outlaw Culture and Teaching to Transgress, the pseudonym was about to take on a life its own. Today bell hooks, who has combined her literary work and cultural criticism with social activism, is a distinguished professor in residence in Appalachian studies at Berea College, in Kentucky, where she was born. The bell hooks Institute there documents her work.