Dr. Cornel West, university professor, philosopher and influential intellectual, will present a lecture on Friday, March 8, at 5 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture will focus on the role of youth and pop culture in creating a democratic society. This lecture is sponsored by the Voices of Color Lecture Series, which honors C. Christine Johnson, former director of the Hamilton College HEOP Program.
A limited number of tickets for the public are available through the Krizia Martin store for $5 (20 West Park Row, Clinton; call 315-853-3650 for business hours). Parking for off campus visitors will be available in the Kirner Johnson parking lots near Milbank & Babbitt residence halls off of Green Apple Way, or in the visitors’ parking lot across from the Azel Backus House on College Hill Road. A printable campus map is available on the Hamilton College website.
Dr. West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. 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. He is best known for his classics Race Matters and Democracy Matters and his memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show. He is also co-host of the popular radio show “Smiley & West” heard on PRI around the country. The co-hosts have recently co-authored the book titled The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. The new book is a game-changing text on economic injustice in America.
West 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, Sidewalk and Stand.
He has 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.” In short, Cornel 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.