The St. Olaf College Political Awareness Committee will host a lecture by Cornel West on Friday, October 25, at 5:30 p.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel. Doors will open at 5 p.m.
Tickets will be required for this event, which will be made available to the general public on October 20 at stolaftickets.com
West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is Professor of
the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.
He has written 20 books and has edited 13. Though he is best known for his classics Race
Matters and Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, his most recent book Black Prophetic Fire has received critical acclaim.
He made his film debut in the Matrix — and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on
the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in more than 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalkand Stand.
He has also made three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with
Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His spoken word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard’s Choices (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best Jazz Album of the year of 2009), The Cornel West Theory’s Second Rome, Raheem DeVaughn’s Grammy-nominated Love & War: Masterpeace, and most recently on Bootsy Collins’ The Funk Capital of the World.
West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. — a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.