Cornel West is the author of numerous critically acclaimed scholarly books on the role of religion, philosophy, race, class, and gender in American society including Prophecy Deliverance!: An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity (1982), The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought (1991), Race Matters (1994), Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (2005), and Black Prophetic Fire (2014). He is the recipient of the American Book Award and has been awarded more than 20 honorary degrees. Dr. West is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard in three years, he obtained his MA and PhD in Philosophy at Princeton.
On Tuesday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m., Dr. Cornel West gave a talk presented by the Cogut Institute for the Humanities as part of the PITH (Politics in the Humanities) series.
The event was co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.
Truly outstanding lecture. Worthy of sharing with wider audiences outside of the US, such is the power (on intellectual/moral/emotional/spiritual levels) and delivery of Dr Cornel's message; an exhortation to strive to be aware of our moral agency in this world and to act so that we might realize the nature of our higher-selves as individuals and as a community.
I love Dr.West and have been immensely shaped by him; I have all of his books. But every time I come to hear him speak, I can pretty much finish his sentences because he gives the same speech. His intellect is so vast. Although he doesn’t use any notes, if he did he would be able to present novel material and not go off on tangents.
imagine how great america would have been had all black and minority peoples were given a decent education and not thrown into prisons for minor offences or subjugated as they are now! im so glad this man is alive during these dark times. i hope more people are given opportunities to rise like him then our world would be a much more decent place than it is now.
"given a decent education"? Who do you beg for that free education. What else should you be given? If you depend on somebody else to "give you a decent education", you will be educated to what ever they want to teach you. That is what we have been doing for a long time. Not working out so well huh? If you learn because you want to thrive in a free market, than you will have to teach yourself. It is your fault if you stop learning things on your own, and it is a shame also. Why?
Because the more advanced a free society is, the more the citizenry has to be able to think. You are not a victim, (until you pay taxes), you are lazy.
If you're not raging against The Drug War, you're wasting your breath. That is the only thing keeping black people disenfranchised in America- a country in which Nigerians are the most educated group, in which Asians are too busy getting rich to complain about 'white privilege'.
Sophie Noor imagine if the so called minority was told that they are the real majority! Ruled and manipulated by the real minority’s! If the aborigines had pride in America land left by our ancestors! If we researched our own history! Aborigine Copper Pride💪🏾Brown Pride...
Your so right!
I am studying English, and I watched about 40 mins of his speech, I want to ask a native about his language. Is it difficult for you guys to understand it because he used a lot of complicated and old used words in his speech.