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bell hooks to Engage in Dialogue with Parker J. Palmer During 2016 St. Norbert College Residency

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From St. Norbert College, April 7, 2016
by Erich Wegenke,, 920-403-3089

Renowned social justice scholar bell hooks will engage in a dialogue with Parker J. Palmer on Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in the Walter Theatre of the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts on the St. Norbert College campus. DJ Afrekete -- a local DJ who is also a professor of film studies at Lawrence University -- will open the dialogue with music. This event is part of hooks' residency with the college's Cassandra Voss Center, which will take place April 18-22 and include a variety of public events.

The dialogue is free and open to the public. No tickets or registration are required, but early arrival is recommended (doors open at 6 p.m.). A live-stream video link for the event will be posted at a week in advance.

Parker J. Palmer is a world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He is the founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal and the author of nine books, including "Let Your Life Speak," "The Courage to Teach," "A Hidden Wholeness" and "Healing the Heart of Democracy." Palmer holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as 11 honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, and an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press. He previously spoke at St. Norbert College in 1990.

bell hooks' 2016 Cassandra Voss Center residency is her third visit to the St. Norbert College campus. She is currently the Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian studies at Berea College in Kentucky, where her own bell hooks Institute is a sister organization to the Cassandra Voss Center. hooks is a leading public intellectual and the author of more than 40 books; her first book, "Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism," was named one of the "20 most influential women's books of the last 20 years" by Publishers Weekly.

The full schedule of events for the 2016 bell hooks residency is available at The residency is co-sponsored by Humana and St. Norbert College's Killeen Chair of Theology & Philosophy, and is a part of the Cassandra Voss Center's 2016 series of programs, "Delight in the Fight: Disarming Injustice with Humor & Joy."

For more information on the bell hooks residency and other Cassandra Voss Center programs, call 920-403-4116 or email

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