Eboni Johnson, outreach and programming librarian, holds a hand to her ear as a student across the room reads literature written by bell hooks. The public read-in at Mudd Center’s academic commons honors this prolific writter during Women’s History Month. It also serves as inspiration for this week’s photo series.
With books in hand, members of the Oberlin community gathered near the Reading Girl, and listened intently as their peers shared their favorite passages by hooks, and discussed the impact of those passages on their lives, work, scholarship, and activism.
Before her six-year tenure as associate professor in English and women’s studies began at Oberlin in 1988, hooks published a collection of poetry—And There We Wept—and a book on femenist history called Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism. She would later lend her hand to more than 30 works, including children’s books, literary criticism, poetry, and self-help literature. Among her acknowledgements, hooks was recognized as one of the most influential women of the past century by TIME in 2020. She died in December 2021.
See more photos from the read-in on Oberlin’s Flickr page.
Next, we join students at the Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin, listen and learn from guest Kyle Kidd at the Cat in the Cream, get swept away by the Oberlin Orchestra featuring professor Francesca dePasquale, get rhythm at the senior dance concert, and end with an Community Music School recital.
This Week in Photos is a selection of images and is not meant to represent a weekly timeline. Images highlight campus, community, people, and events related to Oberlin College.
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