POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Princeton University professor Cornel West will deliver the lecture “The End(s) of Oligarchy: On Spirituality, Citizenship, and the New Democracy” on Wednesday, November 30, at 8:00pm in the Vassar College Chapel. Free and open to the public, tickets are required to attend this event and are available on a first come first served basis at the information desk in the College Center of Vassar’s Main Building, Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. [Note: the information desk will be closed November 23-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.]
The Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University, Dr. West has written nineteen books -- most notably Race Matters and Democracy Matters, as well as his new memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud -- and edited thirteen others. West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in three years and obtained his M.A. and PhD. in philosophy at Princeton. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale University, Harvard, and the University of Paris.
West co-hosts the nationally syndicated public radio program Smiley & West on the PRI network, and on television he appears frequently on Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, CNN, C-Span, and The Tavis Smiley Show. He made his film debut in The Matrix, and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official DVD trilogy. He has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand.
West has also made three spoken word albums including Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations, which included collaborations with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, and the late Gerald Levert. His recent 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 in 2009), The Cornel West Theory band’s recording Second Rome, and Raheem DeVaughn’s Love & War: Masterpeace.
Co-sponsors of this event include the Vassar Association of Class Activists, Vassar Student Association, the departments and programs of Africana Studies, American Culture, Religion, Political Science, and Sociology, and the offices of the President, Dean of the College, Dean of the Faculty, Campus Life and Diversity, and Religious and Spiritual Life.
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Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact the Campus Activities Office at(845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.