A photo of bell hooks early in her career

Asynchronous Week

Given the college’s pivot to an asynchronous week of classes to start the semester, we’ve decided to give you a week to read and think about the work of bell hooks. This seems a good time to read (or reread) her work, given her recent passing and the timeliness of much of what she wrote. These two essays will also add texture to much of what we do this coming semester, and perhaps make us rethink some of what we did in the fall.

You can do this work any time that is convenient for you between Monday, January 24 and Friday January 28. Before you do, watch this intro video.

Assignment 1 Feminism is for Everybodybell hooks, “Feminism: a Movement to End Sexist Oppression”; Appalachian Elegyhttps://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/148751/appalachian-elegy-1-6Answer the questions on this handout about the essay. Answer the questions on this handout for the poems you will read this week.
Assignment 2Solidaritybell hooks & Gloria Steinem at Eugene Lang College (Conversation); bell hooks, When Angels Speak of Love 1-6Use these questions as a viewing guide. In Slack, join “Asynchronous Week” and post:

Identify 5 take-aways from this interview? How does Gloria Steinem embody/demonstrate anti-racism practices? What are some of the ways that hooks and Steinem model solidarity and working across difference?
Assignment 3Politics and Othernessbell hooks, “Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance”Using hypothes.is, provide two annoations, one question and one comment on “Eating the Other.” Aim for a short paragraph for each annotation. If you want to follow up on another person’s comment, make sure it goes beyond agreement or disagreement.

If your last name begins with the letter A through L, use this document. If it begins with M through Z, use this one. If you need a refresher on hypothes.is, check out the initial post on slack.

Once you’ve finished the work for the week, watch Dr. Fache’s video (alt. link), which will help us transition back to in-person classes.