WRITTEN BY ASHLEY GABB
Thursday, 19 March 2009 00:00
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – One of America's most provocative public intellectuals, Dr. Cornel West will speak at Lincoln University in the Mary Dod Brown Memorial Chapel on Thursday, April 9th at 5 p.m. The title of his speech is “Hope on a Tightrope.” The event is free and open to the public West is the School of Humanities and Graduate Studies Distinguished Lecturer for the Spring 2009 semester.
His speech is co-sponsored by the Department of English and Mass Communications. West will speak on topics of race, leadership, faith, family, philosophy, love and service. West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz.
The New York Times has praised him for his "ferocious moral vision." Currently a professor at Princeton University, West burst onto the national scene in 1993 with his bestselling book, “Race Matters,” a searing analysis of racism in American democracy. “Race Matters” has become a contemporary classic, selling more than a half a million copies to date. In addition, West has published 18 other books and has edited 13 texts and has received more than 20 honorary degrees.
West earned two bachelor's degrees from Harvard in three years, magna cum laude. Lincoln’s alumnus, Dr. Martin Kilson, one of his professors at Harvard, describes West as "the most intellectually aggressive and highly cerebral student I have taught."
After earning his Ph.D. at Princeton, he became a professor of religion and director of the Afro-American Studies program there. West has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris.
In his book, Democracy Matters, West analyzes the arrested development of democracy both in America and in the crisis-ridden Middle East. He also has produced 3 albums. His latest CD, Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations is a collection of socially conscience music featuring collaborations with Prince, Outkast, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli and KRS-ONE. West also offers commentary weekly on The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI.
Founded in 1854, Lincoln University, located in Chester County, PA, is a premier, historically Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society. The University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (chemistry and physics); computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences. Lincoln has an enrollment of 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. http://www.cubstolions.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62:author-and-orator-cornel-west-will-be-at-lincoln-university-to-discuss-issues-from-his-recent-book-hope-on-a-tightrope&catid=2:frontpage&Itemid=4