2017 Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Featuring Dr. Cornel West
Philosopher, academic, social activist, author and public intellectual
The Cornel West event is full; however, there is overflow seating available in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater with a live stream of the event on the big screen. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Thank you!
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.
Lenhart Grand Ballroom
Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Free and open to the public
A live stream can be viewed at BGSU Firelands Cedar Point Center Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. Also, free and open to the public.
Cornel West has a passion to invite a variety of people from all walks of life into his world of ideas to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. — a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.
Dr. Cornel West
Provocative Public Intellectual and Groundbreaking Author
One of America’s most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking and teaching weave together the traditions of the Black Baptist Church, progressive politics and jazz. The New York Times has praised his “ferocious moral vision.” Dr. West is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. Dr. West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He burst onto the national scene in 1993 with his bestselling book, Race Matters, a searing analysis of racism in American democracy. Race Matters has become a contemporary classic, selling more than a half a million copies to date.
Though Dr. West is best known for his classics, such as Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, his most recent releases, Black Prophetic Fire and Radical King, were received with critical acclaim. In 1993, he was the winner of The American Book Award. Dr. West has written over 20 books and has edited 13. He is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. He was an influential force in developing the storyline for the popular Matrix movie trilogy, serving as the hit series’ official spokesperson as well as playing a recurring role in the final two films. He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand.
Dr. 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 on Bootsy Collins’ The Funk Capital of the World. His latest spoken word feature reunited him with Terence Blanchard for, “Breathless” – a tribute to the “I Can’t Breathe” movement. In short, Dr. Cornel West has a passion to invite a variety of people from all walks of life into his world of ideas in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.