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Activist and Writer Cornel West to Appear in November at CWU

Internationally recognized political activist and intellectual, Cornel West will speak about social justice and human rights on November 3 at Central Washington University.

West’s appearance is the fall quarter hallmark event for the 2017-2018 Social Justice and Human Rights Dialogues series. The theme of the year-long series is “Sustainability,” and fall quarter will focus on questions and themes connected with social sustainability.

“We’re so honored to have Dr. West speak at Central because he is one of the foremost commentators on issues such as race, economic justice, and social justice in the U.S.,” noted Katherine Frank, provost and vice president for academic and student life at Central Washington University.

West is a professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University. He also holds the title of professor emeritus at Princeton University. He has written 20 books including Race Matters and Democracy Matters, as well as a memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.

His most recent book. Black Prophetic Fire, takes an unflinching look at 19th and 20th century African American leaders and their visionary legacies.

West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show and Democracy Now. He has appeared in more than 25 documentaries and films and has produced three spoken word albums, including, “Never Forget,” on which he collaborated with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, and the late Gerald Levert.

West, who has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale University, and the University of Paris, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard and holds an MA and a PhD in philosophy from Princeton.

Additional details about his appearance will be announced in the fall.

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