Dr. Cornel West, philosopher, social activist and professor, has long held a place in the African American culture for his thought-provoking theories on politics, race relations and religion.
On Friday, Feb. 10, West will grace the stage in B.N. Duke Auditorium at North Carolina Central University as the featured speaker for the Rock the Mic Lecture Series. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
West is a professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Sacramento, California, West’s professorship includes stints at Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris.
West received his undergraduate from Harvard in three years and graduated with honors. He went on to receive his master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton. He has written over 20 books and is widely known for his best-seller, Race Matters. West has made several appearances on television, including frequent spots on The Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. He made his film debut in the Matrix – and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004.
"It is truly an honor to welcome Dr. Cornel West to our campus. He is one of the few African American intellects of our time and I’m sure he will have a positive impact on our student body,” said Gary Brown, interim vice chancellor for student affairs.
The Rock the Mic Lecture Series is hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership. The next event, featuring Ilyasah Shabazz, social activist and daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, will be held on March 1.
Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Student Engagement and Leadership at (919) 530-5436.