MCLA Professor to Launch New Book at Gallery 51

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A book launch will be held on Dec. 1 for Hannah Noel Haynes, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), at Gallery 51.  
 
The book titled, "Deflective Whiteness: Co-opting Black and Latinx Identity Politics," from Ohio State University Press is Haynes's first book publication after writing a series of chapters and articles on similar topics.  
 
The book launch starts at 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 where Haynes will talk about her work in conversation alongside her former undergrad advisor Maria Elena Cepeda, Williams College professor of Latina/o studies.  
 
Haynes studies "the intersection and rhetoric and sociology through unconscious and conscious ways and all forms of discourse how we communicate meanings around race and whiteness and how we police it." She looks at a variety of forms of media and the ways patterns permeate all forms of discourse, according to a press release. 
 
"The book really got me interested in the discourse of white women within white supremacy so I'm starting to research alt-right movements and I'll have a book chapter coming out about that topic," she said.  
 
Haynes received her bachelor's degree from Williams College in 2008 and went on to pursue her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. She is trained in American Cultural Studies with a focus on critical race theory, U.S. immigration history, and Latinx studies. She is a founding director of the Critical Ethnic Studies Minor at MCLA and a member of the American Studies Association and the Latinx Studies Association.  
 
Haynes is also the co-director of the MCLA Honors Program and President of the MCLA Faculty Association.  
 
Last November Haynes wrote a chapter for the book "White Supremacy and the American Media" which was published by Routledge and made possible by the MCLA Faculty Incentive Award.  
 
The book launch event coincides with Gallery 51's current exhibition by Nathaniel Donnett – "To Know a Veil." The event is free and open to the public. Gallery 51 is located at 49 Main Street in North Adams, Mass. 

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