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By Selena Stevens


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"Our hope with the Bryan Chair program is to attract senior level, nationally known faculty to campus and expand learning opportunities for our students and faculty. Adding Dr. Collins to our faculty is an exciting chance to fulfill that hope.'

-- Mike Nietzel,
UK acting provost

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Feb. 26, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky welcomed Patricia Hill Collins, its newest Bryan Endowed Chair, to campus today. Collins will join the UK faculty in the fall for a one-year appointment as a visiting professor and the Bryan Endowed Chair in Women's Studies and African-American Studies.

"Our hope with the Bryan Chair program is to attract senior level, nationally known faculty to campus to expand learning opportunities for our students and faculty," said Mike Nietzel, UK's acting provost. "Adding Dr. Collins to our faculty is an exciting chance to fulfill that hope."

Collins comes to UK from the University of Cincinnati, where she is chairperson of and Charles Phelps Taft Professor of Sociology within the Department of African-American Studies. She will retain her appointments at Cincinnati while serving at UK.

She said she hopes her tenure as a visiting professor will serve as an opportunity to bring together UK scholars already working on race and gender issues and develop a new intellectual energy around those topics.

"My work looks at those kinds of issues in ways that encourage people to participate in framing solutions to those problems as opposed to feeling guilty about them or denying that they are there," she said. "Those solutions should say this is a country founded on issues of freedom and social justice. This is what we have to struggle and try to do."

Collins received her bachelor's and doctoral degrees in sociology from Brandeis University and her master's degree from Harvard University. Much of her research and scholarship have dealt primarily with issues of race, gender, social class and nationality, especially relating to African-America women.

Collins has taught at several institutions, held editorial positions with professional journals, lectured widely in the United States and abroad, served professional organizations and acted as consultant for a number of businesses and community organizations. She has published articles in edited volumes and journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Signs, Sociological Theory, Social Problems and Black Scholar.

Her first book, "Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment," published in 1990 and revised in 2000, won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association for significant scholarship in gender and the C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Her second book, "Race, Class and Gender: An Anthology," edited with Margaret Andersen, was first published in 1992 and continues to be widely used in undergraduate classes in more than 200 colleges and universities. Her third book, "Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice," was published in 1998, and she is working on her fourth book, "Black Sexual Politics," to be published by Routledge in 2003.

At UK, Collins will teach graduate classes looking at issues of race and gender, deliver four public lectures (one at Central Magnet High School in Louisville), conduct research, and visit with campus and community groups.

The Bryan Endowed Chair was established by a nearly $4 million gift from William T. Bryan, a 1936 College of Engineering graduate, bequeathed by his estate upon his death in 1997. For 32 years, Bryan served Duriron Co. of Dayton, Ohio, as a metallurgical engineer.

The gift was matched by Kentucky's Research Challenge Trust Fund and used to create six endowed chairs in areas across the University.

The chair foci and their occupants are:

-- Fine arts/vocal music: Gail Robinson;

-- History: Ron Formisano;

-- Public finance: David Wildasin;

-- Special education: Ted Hasselbring;

-- Spanish: Enrico M. Santi;

-- Women's studies/African-American studies: Patricia Hill Collins.

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