The Killeen Chair of Theology & Philosophy brings national and international figures to campus to talk on topics of theology and philosophy.

“Fear of Black Bodies and the Problem of Whiteness”

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
7 p.m. Lecture 
Fort Howard Theater, Bemis International Center

The Killeen Chair of Theology and Philosophy Lecture Series in collaboration with the Cassandra Voss Center’s ongoing “year of bell hooks” will feature “Fear of Black Bodies and the Problem of Whiteness,” presented by George Yancy, Professor of Philosophy at McAnulty College Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University. The lecture, which will discuss race, whiteness, and philosophy as it applies to primarily white colleges, will take place on Tuesday, April 1st, at 7 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater of the F.K. Bemis International Center on the Saint Norbert College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Yancy, who is the author of over 15 books including three Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award recipients, received an M.A. in Philosophy from Yale University, an M.A. in Africana Studies at New York University, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duquesne University. His primary areas of interest include the philosophy of race, critical whiteness studies, and philosophy of the Black experience, with particular emphasis on experiences of race on majority white campuses. Yancy has also co-edited Critical Perspectives on bell hooks, a collection of articles analyzing the work of the canonical social justice scholar and author bell hooks.

The Cassandra Voss Center’s “year of bell hooks” features monthly programming on hooks’ wide-ranging work about race, gender, pedagogy, love and popular culture, culminating with her visit to Saint Norbert College April 15-16, 2014.

The Killeen Chair of Theology and Philosophy was established in 1984 to draw attention to the importance of theology and philosophy in a Catholic liberal arts education and highlights the commitment of St. Norbert College to provide an education that is personally, intellectually and spiritually challenging. The Killeen Chair is an appropriate way of honoring the late Abbot Sylvester Killeen's many contributions to St. Norbert College, the Norbertine order and the wider community.

You may search the Mulva Library catalog for a selection of books available by George Yancy. Books are also available to purchase after the lecture and at the St. Norbert College bookstore.