Patricia Hill Collins

Award-winning author and scholar Patricia Hill Collins will speak on "Black Feminism, Intersectionality and Social Justice" at Pomona College on Wednesday, January 30 at 4:15 p.m. in the Rose Hills Theatre (lower level, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). The lecture, free to the public, is part of several Martin Luther King Jr., Day-related events at the Claremont Colleges, and is sponsored by the Draper Center for Community Partnerships. 

Patricia Hill Collins is distinguished university professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park and Charles Phelps Taft Emeritus Professor of Sociology within the Department of African American Studies at the University of Cincinnati. 

Her award-winning books include Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (1990, 2000), which received 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; and Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism (2004) which received ASA's 2007 Distinguished Publication Award. She is also author of Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice (1998); From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism (2005); Another Kind of Public Education: Race, Schools, the Media, and Democratic Possibilities (2009); and The Handbook of Race and Ethnic Studies (2010), edited with John Solomos. Her anthology Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology (2013, 8th edition), edited with Margaret Andersen, is widely used in undergraduate classrooms in over 200 colleges and universities.

Collins will also be delivering the keynote address at a new conference on community engagement organized by the Draper Center for Community Partnerships. Nearly 70 faculty, staff and administrators from 37 universities and colleges across the nation will be on campus from Wednesday, January 30, to Friday, February 1. "Connect, Share, Build: Community Engagement as a Central Value for Today's Liberal Arts Education" is an opportunity for these staff and faculty leaders of community engagement centers to explore topics central to the integration of community engagement into a liberal arts curriculum. Panel and discussion topics will include "Institutional Models of Engagement," "Community Partner Perspectives," "STEM Faculty Innovations," and "Goals, Outcomes, Assessment of Community Engaged Work." Speakers, in addition to Collins, include Victor Rios, associate professor of sociology at UC Berkeley and author of Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys, and Jose Calderon, professor emeritus of sociology and Chicano/a-Latino/a studies at Pitzer College.