Social theorist and award-winning author Patricia Hill Collins will discuss “From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter: Gender, Sexuality and Black Social Movements” at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Collins, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, will speak on the third floor of Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St. Her presentation represents OWU’s 2016 Butler A. Jones Lecture on Race and Society. Admission is free.
Throughout her career, Collins has examined issues of race, gender, social class and sexuality. “Contemporary Sociology” calls her “one of the defining voices of contemporary feminist and race scholarship.”
In 2008, Collins became the 100th president of the American Sociological Association, the first African American woman elected to the position in the organization’s 104-year history.
Her many books include “Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment,” which earned both the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems; “Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism,” which received ASA’s 2007 Distinguished Publication Award; and “Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology, Ninth edition,” edited with Margaret Andersen, which is used in undergraduate classrooms in more than 200 colleges and universities.
Her latest book, “Intersectionality,” co-authored with Sirma Bilge, is scheduled for publication this year.
She earned her master’s degree from Harvard University and her doctorate at Brandeis University.
OWU’s Butler A. Jones Lectureship on Race and Society was established in 1995 in honor of Jones, a former sociology/anthropology faculty member.