Educator and Philosopher Dr. Cornel West Will Speak Nov. 20 at the U of M University News
For release: November 11, 2008

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Dr. Cornel West
Dr. Cornel West, photographed at the University of Utah, is regarded as one of America's most gifted public intellectuals. Photograph courtesy of
In the wake of one of the most historic presidential elections in U.S. history, educator, author, and philosopher Dr. Cornel West will bring a discussion of racial matters to the University of Memphis. West’s free public talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 20, in the Michael D. Rose Theatre.  He also will sign copies of his latest book, Hope on a Tightrope.

West is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University, where he teaches African-American studies and religion. Regarded as one of America’s most gifted, provocative, and important intellectuals, West is the author of Race Matters, which changed the course of America’s dialogue on race and justice, and the New York Times bestseller Democracy Matters. He is the recipient of the American Book Award and more than 20 honorary degrees.

West is known for his combination of political and moral insight and criticism and his contribution to the post-1960s civil rights movement.

The event is sponsored by the U of M Black Student Association. For more information, contact Tristan Wilkerson at 501-952-4772 or, or Carlissia Graham at 901-493-8819 or

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