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09-05-2012

Professor, Philosopher & Intellectual Cornel West to Speak at Clarkson University Sept. 21 for International Day of Peace

In celebration of International Day of Peace, professor, philosopher and intellectual Cornel West will speak at Clarkson University's Cheel Arena on Friday, September 21, at 7 p.m. about "Poverty as a Moral and Material Obstacle to True and Lasting Peace."

Cornel WestTickets are $20 for adults and $10 for college students (with ID) and children, and are available at the Cheel Box Office Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Currently the Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, West is a mesmerizing speaker, dynamic philosopher, and enlightened activist. With astute intellect and ferocious moral vision, he continuously challenges modern thought with great efficacy.

West was an influential force in developing the storyline for the popular Matrix movie trilogy and has served as its official spokesperson, playing a recurring role in the final two films and acting as commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004.

One of America's most provocative public intellectuals, 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.

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.

He has published 20 books and has edited 13 texts. He also offers commentary weekly on The Tavis Smiley Show on PRI (Public Radio International).

In his long awaited life story, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir, West offers a compelling exploration of his heart behind the human mind. Themes include faith, family, philosophy, love, and service.

West's CDs, Sketches of My Culture and Street Knowledge, highlight his belief that growing divisions in our society foster the despair and distrust that undermines our democratic process. By working to create an ongoing dialogue between the myriad of voices in our culture, West is vigilant in his efforts to restore hope to America.

He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span, as well as on Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show. He also has appeared in more than 25 documentaries and films, including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand. 

Read more about West at http://www.cornelwest.com .

For group sales of 10 or more tickets, e-mail spectrum@clarkson.edu

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/cwest.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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