Cornel West discusses matters of diversity

Esteemed Princeton professor visits campus on April 14 at the Cintas Center | March 29, 2005

Cornel West, professor of religion and African-American studies at Princeton University, spoke on Thursday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Duff Banquet Hall.

West’s presentation was titled "Diversity Matters." West has been described as one of America’s most vital and eloquent public intellectuals and has written such ground-breaking books as Race Matters, Restoring Hope, The American Evasion of Philosophy, Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin, The War Against Parents, The Future of American Progressivism, The Cornel West Reader and his latest, Democracy Matters. According to West, growing divisions in our society foster the despair and distrust that undermine our democratic process. With his books and his CD, Sketches of My Culture, West continues to explore new avenues for teaching and communicating.

“Dr. West is a both a prolific writer and internationally renowned scholar in theology and African-American studies, and we are very fortunate to have him join us,” says Paul James, director for the office of multicultural affairs.

By working to create an ongoing dialogue between the myriad voices in our culture, West pursues his vigilant and virtuous efforts to restore hope to America.

This event was sponsored by the Gentlemen Organized for Achievement and Leadership and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Co-sponsors include the Office of the President, Office of Student Development, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Enrollment Management, the Office of Admission, the Community Building Collaborative at Xavier and the Student Government Association.