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Cornel West to speak at Georgia Southern Jan. 22

Cornel West, one of America’s best-known scholars and public intellectuals, will speak at Georgia Southern University Tuesday, Jan. 22, as part of the University’s 2008 Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Program. His presentation will take place at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, corner of Chandler Road and Plant Drive. Admission is free of charge.

West, who is the Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, 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.”

West 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 nearly a half-million copies to date. In addition, West has written 16 other books and edited 13 texts.

His most recent book, ‘Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight against Imperialism,” was published in 2004. The recipient of more than 20 honorary degrees and a National Book Award, West is a longtime member of the Democratic Socialists of America, for which he now serves as one of several honorary chairs.

West was an influential force in developing the storyline for the popular Matrix movie trilogy and has served as its official spokesperson. He played a recurring role in the final two films.

West’s appearance at Georgia Southern is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and the Multicultural Student Center. For more information, call 912-681-5409.

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