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bell hooks on KET

Feminist scholar and author of more than 30 books on issues such as social class, gender and race, bell hooks spoke with Renee Shaw, host of "Connections" on KET.

bell hooks

They discussed hooks' return to Kentucky and her latest book, Belonging: A Culture of Place. The program aired Dec. 26 and 28.

A Kentucky native, hooks discussed her decision to return to the Commonwealth and join the faculty at Berea College after holding positions at Yale University, Oberlin College and the City College of New York. She expressed her pleasure in having had both the experience of growing up in a tightly-knit rural Appalachian community and living and working in more cosmopolitan places like New York.

Then, hooks delved into some of the themes in Belonging: A Culture of Place and her recent articles published in the Appalachian Heritage Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader, including the history and experience of black people in rural areas, the importance of community, and caring for and appreciating the environment. She also talked about one of her earlier books, Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery, which focuses on healing psychological damage inflicted by racism and sexism.

Finally, hooks discussed her pen name (her given name is Gloria Jean Watkins), her identity as a Kentucky writer and her love of teaching.

Connections with Renee Shaw is a KET production, produced by Shaw and Carolyn Gwinn. More information about Connections, including streaming video, is available at More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at

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