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

In 2017, we were 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.


8:30amLight breakfast
9:15amStudent Research Session
9:45amLeila Rodriguez, Anthropology
 “Finding the Sweet Spot in the Academic-Advocacy Work Gradient with the Unaccompanied Minors in Cincinnati Project”
10:30amClassroom 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”
11:15amCarolette 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”
12:00pmLight Lunch (Registration required for lunch)
12:30pmJeffrey Blevins, Journalism
 “Social Media and Social Justice Movements in Cincinnati”
1:00pmKeynote Address
 Patricia Hill Collins, University of Maryland at College Park
 “Taking a Stand: Anti-Black Racism and Coalitional Politics”
2:15pmClosing 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.

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