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Dr. Cornel West to speak Feb. 6 at Arkansas State
Jan. 22, 2009 --
Arkansas State University-Jonesboro’s Office of Multicultural Affairs
announces a key event in ASU’s celebration of Black History Month 2009.
Distinguished scholar Dr. Cornel West will present a public lecture
Friday, Feb. 6, at
7 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.
Dr. West's lecture is free and open to the public.
West, who earned two bachelor's degrees (magna cum laude) from
Harvard in three years, is known nationwide for his pragmatic and
philosophical views. He is currently the Class of 1943 professor at
Princeton University, where he also earned his PhD. He was a professor
of religion and director of the Afro-American Studies program at Princeton. West has also taught at the Union Theological
Seminary, Harvard, Yale, and the University of Paris. In 2000, he served
as the senior advisor to presidential candidate Bill Bradley, and then
in 2004, West was an advisor for presidential candidate Al Sharpton’s
campaign. He is also very well-known for his advocacy for People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
His best-selling book, "Race
Matters," is a controversial analysis of race issues in American
politics. In his book, West writes that the Sep. 11, 2001, attack on the
United States was an eye-opening event for white Americans, because it
showed them what a day in the life of a black American was like, feeling
“unsafe, unprotected, subject to random violence, and hated” for the
color of their skin.
West is the recipient of over 20
honorary degrees from colleges across the nation and a winner of the
American Book Award. He has written 19 books, and his latest CD is a
compilation of many different artists, such as Outkast and Prince. West
is also the honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of American and
a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
For more information on Dr. Cornel
West’s lecture, call Kimberley
Johnson, assistant dean of students, at (870) 972-2055, or e-mail
--release by Caitlin Berry,
student intern, ASU Office of Public Relations/University Communications