A Conversation with bell hooks: Feminism, Buddhism, and Liberation

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
University of Arizona Poetry Center

Esteemed scholar and author bell hooks will engage in a conversation with Buddhist Studies professor Rae Erin Dachille on a range of topics related to Buddhism, feminism, and spirituality. The conversation will include reflections on questions of identity, community, interdependence, love, and social justice. The audience will have the opportunity to engage in this lively conversation.

bell hooks is an acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist, and writer. hooks has authored over three dozen books and has published works that span several genres, including cultural criticism, personal memoirs, poetry collections, and children’s books. Born Gloria Jean Watkins in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, bell hooks adopted the pen name of her maternal great-grandmother, a woman known for speaking her mind. hooks received her B.A. from Stanford University, her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Rae Erin Dachille is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. Dr. Dachille holds a Ph.D. in in Buddhist Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and specializes in Tibetan Buddhism. Her research examines the religious and artistic traditions of Himalayan Buddhism, with a focus on representations of the body in art, ritual, philosophy, and medicine in Tibetan and Sanskrit sources.

Sponsored by the UA Department of Religious Studies and Classics, UA Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, UA Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, UA Africana Studies Program, UA Poetry Center, UA Center for Buddhist Studies, UA College of Humanities, UA Department of English, Upaya Sangha of Tucson