Cornel West, a compelling, prominent, and often controversial philosopher of the modern American experience, will give a talk titled "Restoring Hope' on Thursday, October 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Vassar College Chapel.
West's lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Religion and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and cosponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.
West has been described by Henry Louis Gates Jr., chair of Harvard University's Department of Afro-American Studies, as "one of America's most important public intellectuals and a formidable scholar by any measure." West is professor of Afro-American studies and philosophy of religion at Harvard where he was recently promoted to university professor, a title held by only 14 of Harvard's 2,200 faculty members. He is one of the first black scholars to be appointed to the university's highest faculty post.
West has written numerous articles and 15 books, including "The American Evasion of Philosophy," "Jews and Blacks," "The Future of the Race," and "Restoring Hope." His book, "Race Matters," quickly achieved best-seller status in both editions and gained the attention of Time magazine and Newsweek, leading both publications to run extensive profile articles on him. "The War against Parents," co-written with Sylvia Ann Hewlett, with whom he co-chairs the National Parenting Association's Task Force on Parent Empowerment, was published in April 1998. His most recent publication, "The Cornel West Reader," traces the development of West's career as academic, intellectual, and activist.
For additional information, call the office of campus activities at (845) 437-5370. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings at (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.