Award-Winning Author, Social Theorist to Speak March 21 at UNC

Patricia Hill Collins

Patricia Hill Collins

Following a spring-break hiatus, the University of Northern Colorado's observance of Women's History Month continues March 21 with a presentation by a leading American social theorist and educator whose award-winning books are required reading in university classrooms across the country.

Patricia Hill Collins, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland and former head of the University of Cincinnati's African American Studies program, will discuss public education as it relates to race, schools, the media and democratic opportunities at 7 p.m. in the Columbine suite in the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Collins' came to national attention when her first book, 1990's Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, was honored by both the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the American Sociological Society. Her second book, Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism, also was honored by the American Sociological Society.

The eighth edition of Race, Class and Gender: An Anthology, a reader that she co-edited and that is widely used in classrooms in more than 200 colleges and universities, will be published this year.

Her visit to campus also serves to kick off the spring edition of UNC's Schulze Interdisciplinary Speaker Series, which provides funding for public presentations and in-class interdisciplinary lectures by distinguished guest faculty from other academic institutions.

Co-sponsors of Collins' Women's History Month presentation are UNC's Africana Studies and Political Science programs, Women's Resource Center and Student Activities office.

Other Women's History Month events include:

Ice Cream Social and Open Discussion on the word "Feminism
March 22, 6-8:30 p.m., Scott-Willcoxon Hall

Miss Representation: Film and Panel Session
March 27, 7 p.m., University Center Columbine Suite
A documentary highlighting the under-representation of women in positions of power in America, followed by a panel discussion featuring State Rep. Angela Williams, Katie Groke Ellis of the White House Project and two UNC students.

Guest Speaker: Binka Le Breton
March 28, 7 p.m., University Center Panorama room
Writer and activist Binka Le Breton will discuss her latest book, The Greatest Gift: The Courageous Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang. Stang, a missionary who traveled to the Amazon to protect poor farmers and their land from loggers and land developers seeking profits, was labeled a "terrorist" by local groups and was eventually killed. Le Breton's book is the first to tell her story.

Also First Nations, a student group from Native American Student Services, will host four free Women's History Month presentations open to the public at Kohl House, 10th Avenue and 14th Street.

"Native American Women: Primary Health Concerns and Peripheral Results"
March 20, 5 p.m.
Presentation by Elizabeth Gilbert, associate professor of Community Health at UNC, and UNC student Danya Carroll.

"A Collaborative Ute-Ethnobotany Project"
March 21, 5:30 p.m.
Sally Macbeth, professor of Anthropology, will present her studies of the Ute tribe.

"No Native Child Left Behind: 21st Century Education Reform and Indian Schools"
March 21, 6:30 p.m.
Presentation by Michael Welsh, UNC professor of History.

"It is a Good Day: Women Warriors in our Midst"
March 22, 5 p.m.
Presentation by Francie Murry, UNC professor of Special Education.

Free parking is available in UNC parking lots after 5 p.m.

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