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Third annual bell hooks symposium, ‘Black Feminist Worldmaking,’ helps kick off Black History Month at Northeastern

“There is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.” 

With this quote from Octavia Butler, an American science fiction writer and a Black feminist, Régine Michelle Jean-Charles opened the third annual bell hooks symposium at Northeastern.

Friday’s symposium helped kick off Black History Month across the university’s global campus network.

It also provided an opportunity for organizers, speakers and guests to spend the day looking at “other suns,” finding hope and imagining a different world, said Jean-Charles, director of Africana Studies at Northeastern, dean’s professor of culture and social justice, and professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies.

This year’s symposium theme, “Black Feminist Worldmaking,” was conceived by AK Wright, the inaugural post-doctoral Black feminism fellow of the Africana Studies program.

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