book cover image of bell hooks text "Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom"
bell hooks. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

Summer is a great time for reading and writing. Even though my institution has summer session, they don’t seem to make use of research or the library. For one of my writing projects, I’ve been rereading bell hooks’s Teaching to Transgress. She makes great use of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed and expands it into feminist pedagogy. In the library classroom, I often feel forced to choose between feminist praxis and the pressing demands of the faculty member or students, who aren’t all that interested in active, collaborative learning. Regardless of whether I make use of hooks’s suggestions in the classroom, reading her work has been healing. My favorite quote so far:

…the production of theory as a social practice…can be liberatory.

 

What are you reading this summer?