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Adviser on Domestic Abuse to the NFL to Hold Dialogue with bell hooks at St. Norbert College

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From St. Norbert College, April 1, 2015
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

Beth Richie, a professor from the University of Illinois at Chicago who is one of five senior advisers to the National Football League's policy group addressing domestic violence and sexual assault, will join renowned public intellectual bell hooks for a dialogue titled "Ending Violence: How We Change" on Wednesday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the Ft. Howard Theater of the Bemis International Center on the St. Norbert College campus. The event is free and open to the public. The Cassandra Voss Center at St. Norbert College, which organized hooks' residency and Richie's visit, will livestream the dialogue online, and will post a link to the live recording at
Richie is professor of African American studies, gender & women's studies, criminology, law & justice, and sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has conducted extensive research and scholarship on domestic abuse and the social factors that enable it. For this reason, the NFL chose her as a senior adviser for its anti-domestic violence policy group, which was formed in autumn 2014. Richie also directs Chicago's Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and heads multiple research projects studying prison conditions and incarceration. Over the course of her academic career, Richie has written several widely acclaimed books and garnered multiple awards for her work.

The dialogue is part of a week-long residency at St. Norbert College by bell hooks, taking place from April 20-24. Throughout the week, the social-justice scholar hooks will host a number of talks related to her work on topics including the theology of love and radical hospitality, engaged pedagogy, community building, and racial justice.

For more information, contact Karlyn Crowley, director of the Cassandra Voss Center at St. Norbert College, at or 920-403-3148. For more information on the Cassandra Voss Center and its programming, including bell hooks' residency, visit

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