ELLA KIRBY | NEWS CORRESPONDENT
The St. Norbert College campus is already covered with posters showing a familiar face marking the upcoming bell hooks residency that will take place during the week of April 18-22. Hook’s residency last year featured well-known feminist Gloria Steinem. Their visit to SNC received a huge turnout from both students and the public and was certainly a dialogue to be remembered.
The Cassandra Voss Center partners as a sister center to the bell hooks Institute at Berea College in Ky. This year, SNC and the CVC are delighted that bell hooks will return for her third year running. She will be conversing in two separate dialogues with two renowned activists: Hari Kondabolu and Parker J. Palmer.
According to the CVC’s website, Hari Kondabolu is a stand-up comic from Queens, N.Y., with a B.A in Comparative Politics from Bowdoin College and a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. He has been featured in a number of shows including David Letterman, Conan and John Oliver, as well as performing at events such as the HBO Comedy Festival and Aspen Ideas Festival
Kondabolu will be conversing with bell hooks on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in Walter Theater.
“The thing that makes Hari Kondabolu special is that in several interviews, he specifically mentioned bell hooks and that he’s been a fan of bell hooks,” said Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer, Assistant Director of the Cassandra Voss Center. “While we were considering him, we also wanted to consider people that knew bell hooks’ work and knew the depths with which she writes and how proudly she writes, so Hari Kondaboul was that person.”
Parker J. Palmer is the Founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal and focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change, according to the CVC’s website.
He has written an abundance of books, including “Let Your Life Speak,” “The Courage to Teach” and “A Hidden Wholeness.” Palmer previously spoke at SNC in 1990, and now, 26 years later, he will return to converse with bell hooks on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in Walter Theater.
Dedicated to his work for Center for Courage & Renewal, Czarnik-Neimeyer said, “[Parker J. Palmer] is not taking speaking gigs hardly ever. But we had the opportunity to say ‘bell hooks will be here, she’d love to be in conversation with you.’”
“That was how we were able to connect to Parker Palmer, really, was because he knew about bell hooks’ work. bell hooks widely cites his work and the two of them are having parallel conversations in their work.” Czarnik-Neimeyer added. “Having him back is a huge deal and the two of them together, especially, talking about love in education, in community and thinking about identity with that.”
“Both of these folks have really engaged with [bell hooks’] scholarship, with her writing, so, as part of her residency, it felt really appropriate to have both of them here in conversation, and it should be known that they are coming here because of her, because of wanting to speak with her,” stated Czarnik-Neimeyer.
More information about the bell hooks residency will be released over the upcoming months, visit http://www.snc.edu/cvc/programs/2015-16/hooksresidency16/ for details.