Cornel West Coming to UM

Noted Scholar, Author, and Activist to speak at spring convocation.

Coral Gables (February 14, 2012) — Cornel West, the Princeton University professor, bestselling author, and civil rights activist who is internationally known as a major media commentator, will speak on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus at Spring Convocation. In an event titled “Diversity and Democracy: An Evening with Cornel West,” the prominent and provocative democratic intellectual will speak on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:45 p.m. at BankUnited Center. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

West’s lecture is open to UM students, faculty and staff members, and invited guests only. The event is free, but a ticket is required. Faculty and staff tickets will be available for pick-up at the Department of Student Activities in the University Center, Room 209, starting on Thursday, February 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. One ’Cane Card per faculty and staff member/one ticket per ’Cane Card allowed.

Student tickets will be available at the University Center Information Desk starting on Thursday, February 16 at 8:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. One ’Cane Card per student/one ticket per ’Cane Card allowed.

The event is part of UM’s Unity in Diversity, an initiative that celebrates the 50th anniversary of desegregation at the institution with a semester-long series of lectures, exhibitions, and other events. It is presented in collaboration with the Center for the Humanities, the Program in Africana Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, and United Black Students.

West is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris.

West has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics Race Matters and Democracy Matters, as well as his new memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He appears frequently on Real Time with Bill Maher, Colbert Report, CNN, and C-Span as well as on Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show. West is co-host of the popular radio show Smiley & West heard on PRI around the country. The co-hosts have recently co-authored the forthcoming book The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. The new book is a game-changing text on economic injustice in America that will be in stores April 2012.

West made his film debut in The Matrix Reloaded and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand.

West has made three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, and the late Gerald Levert. His spoken word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard’s Choices, which won the Grand Prix in France for the best Jazz Album of the year of 2009, The Cornel West Theory’s Second Rome, Raheem DeVaughn’s Grammy-nominated Love & War: Masterpeace, and most recently on Bootsy Collins’ “The Funk Capital of the World.”

For more information, please call 305-284-4021.

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