TUCP & BAF Present: Keynote Speaker Dr. Cornel West


TUCP and the 2017 Black Arts Festival are proud to present BAF’s Keynote Speaker, Dr. Cornel West at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24, in Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium.

Dr. Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual, keeping alive the legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice. He 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. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.

Dr. Cornel West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN, C-Span, and Democracy Now. He made his film debut in the Matrix and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He has also appeared in several documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand.

He 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 Choises (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best Jazz Album of the Year in 2009), The Cornel West Theory’s Second Rome, Raheem DeVaughn’s Grammy-nominated Love & War: Masterpeace, and most recently on Bootsy Collins’ The Funk Capital of the World.