Race and DemocracyGAMBIER, Ohio (February 4, 2011)
Cornel West, an outspoken advocate for racial justice, will lecture and lead a discussion on "Race and Democracy in the Age of Obama" on Friday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m. in Rosse Hall.
West, professor at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, is the author of the 1993 best-selling book Race Matters as well as 20 other books. His most recent book, the 2009 memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, is an account of his "transformation from a schoolyard Robin Hood into a progressive cultural icon," according to the Princeton Web site. West also provides radio commentary on the Tavis Smiley Show on the Public Radio International network.
Professor of English Theodore O. Mason Jr. described West as among the foremost American intellectuals of the day. "He's a scholar of philosophy but he's also a scholar of politics and culture," Mason said. "His field of expertise is African American culture, but he's just as expert in American culture generally."
The public is invited to attend this free event, which is sponsored by Student Lectureships.