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Social Theorist To Speak Feb. 16 at Ohio Wesleyan University

February 2, 2016 – by Cole Hatcher

Patricia Hill Collins to Discuss ‘Gender, Sexuality and Black Social Movements’

DELAWARE, Ohio – Social theorist and award-winning author Patricia Hill Collins, Ph.D., will discuss “From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter: Gender, Sexuality and Black Social Movements” at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Collins, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, will speak on the third floor of Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Her presentation represents OWU’s 2016 Butler A. Jones Lecture on Race and Society. Admission is free.

Throughout her career, Collins has examined issues of race, gender, social class, sexuality and/or nation. “Contemporary Sociology” calls her “one of the defining voices of contemporary feminist and race scholarship.”

In 2008, Collins became the 100th President of the American Sociological Association, the first African American woman elected to the position in the organization’s 104-year history.

Her many books include “Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment,” which earned both the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems; “Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism,” which received ASA’s 2007 Distinguished Publication Award; and “Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology, 9th edition,” edited with Margaret Andersen, which is used in undergraduate classrooms in more than 200 colleges and universities.

Her latest book, “Intersectionality,” co-authored with Sirma Bilge, is scheduled for publication this year. She earned her Master’s degree from Harvard University and her doctorate at Brandeis University. Learn more about Collins and her research at

Ohio Wesleyan’s Butler A. Jones Lectureship on Race and Society was established in 1995 in honor of Jones, Ph.D., a former sociology/anthropology faculty member. In contributing to the quest for equality among races, Jones submitted 10 briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in cases involving equal treatment of all citizens and completed background research for the 1940 Carnegie-Myrdal Study of African Americans. He also was heavily involved in the field of sociology and committed to the development of other scholars and professionals. Learn more at

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 87 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. OWU’s 1,675 students represent 43 U.S. states and territories and 33 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at