The Cincinnati Project holds an annual symposium in order to present research and findings, connect with partners and educators in the local community, and invite a keynote speaker to engage the audience in relevant discussion. Our inaugural symposium was held November of 2014. We invited Dr. Japonica Brown-Saracino, a sociologist from Boston University, to speak on gentrification and social preservation. Our second symposium was held in February, 2016. We invited Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a sociologist from Duke University, to discuss racism in historically white colleges and universities.
Friday, February 17, 2017
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
African American Cultural Resource Center (AACRC)
Register (no cost) at
Dr. Patricia Hill Collins, Keynote Speaker
”Taking a Stand: Anti-Black Racism & Coalitional Politics”
1:00 PM
Dr. Patricia Hill Collins
This year we are excited to welcome Dr. Patricia Hill Collins to campus for our 3rd annual symposium. Dr. Collins is a distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland. She is also the Charles Phelps Taft Emeritus Professor of Sociology within the Department of African American Studies here at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Collins is a social theorist whose research and scholarship have examined issues of race, gender, social class, sexuality and/or nation. Her first book, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (Routledge), published in 1990, with a revised tenth year anniversary edition published in 2000, won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for significant scholarship in gender, and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her second book, Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology, 8th ed. (2013), edited with Margaret Andersen, is widely used in undergraduate classrooms in over 200 colleges and universities. Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism (Routledge, 2004) received ASA’s 2007 Distinguished Publication Award.
Professor Collins’s current research interests lie in the following sociology of knowledge projects: (1) the epistemology of intersectionality, specifically, analyzing how race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nation and/or age mutually construct one another as systems of power and as theoretical constructs; (3) exploring epistemologies of emancipatory knowledges, for example, critical race theory, nationalism and feminism; and (3) examining how African American male and female youth’s experiences with social issues of education, unemployment, popular culture and political activism articulate with global phenomena, specifically, complex social inequalities, global capitalist development, transnationalism, and political activism.
For more information about Professor Collins, please check out her biography here.


Light breakfast




Student Research Session


Leila Rodriguez, Anthropology
"Finding the Sweet Spot in the Academic-Advocacy Work Gradient with the Unaccompanied Minors in Cincinnati Project"


Classroom Partnered Research

Steve Carlton-Ford, Sociology
"Findings & Foibles: Conducting Focus Groups with Community Organizations"
Heather Zoller, Communication
"Teaching Qualitative Methods through Engaged Learning with the Cancer Justice Network"
Juliana Madzia, Neurobiological Sciences
"Reproductive Justice & NKCAC: A Service Learning Experience"


Carolette Norwood, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
"Navigating Gender, Race, Sexuality and Space: Assessing the Impact of Gendered Violence on Black Women's Sexual Health in Jim Crow Cincinnati Neighborhoods"


Light Lunch (Registration required for lunch)


Jeffrey Blevins, Journalism
"Social Media and Social Justice Movements in Cincinnati"


Keynote Address

Patricia Hill Collins, University of Maryland at College Park
"Taking a Stand: Anti-Black Racism and Coalitional Politics"


Closing Remarks

Ken Petren, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Sponsored by The Taft Research Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Departments of Sociology, Africana Studies, Communication, Journalism, Psychology, Anthropology and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.