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Dr. Cornel West            

Philosopher, Professor, Political Activist & Author of "Race Matters"

Dr. Cornel West is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Cornel 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 for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at nineteenth and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies.

Dr. West is the co-host along with Dr. Tricia Rose of The Tight Rope which is a weekly podcast where they take time to welcome listeners and guests as thought collaborators with revered hosts and public intellectuals.

Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. He has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

Speech Topics

Domestic and Global Perspectives

Diversity and Multiculturalism

Ethics and Values

Importance of Pop Culture for Our Youth, Society and Democracy Itself

Inspiration and Motivation

Religious Toleration

Race and Democracy in the Age of Obama

"Brother West": Insight into Dr. West's First-Ever Memoirs

Blues, Funk, Hip-Hop and Their Transformative Effect on American Culture


Cornel West

Cornel West clashed with S.E. Cupp and Bill Kristol on Monday's "Crossfire" over the Republican effort to cut food stamps, calling it "morally obscene.

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