Noted scholar to visit Binghamton University


Cornel West, philosopher, theologian and author of the best-selling book, Race Matters, will visit the Binghamton University campus on Friday, February 28, to help the Black Student Union (BSU) celebrate its 35th anniversary. West is scheduled to speak in Lecture Hall 1 at 7:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. 

West is a professor of religion at Princeton University. Prior to his appointment at Princeton, he was the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor at Harvard University where he served as professor of Afro-American studies and philosophy of religion. He received his AB from Harvard University and his MA and a Ph.D from Princeton University. He taught at Yale, Union Theological Seminary and Princeton University where he was chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies.

West is an author of numerous articles and books including Prophesy Deliverance: An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity, Keep the Faith, The American Evasion of Philosophy and Prophetic Thought in Postmodern Times.

His breakthrough book, Race Matters, was published in 1993. It quickly achieved bestseller status and gained the attention of Time magazine and Newsweek. West has also co-written Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin with magazine editor Michael Lerner.  

West’s visit is just one of several events planned as part of the BSU’s anniversary celebration, which will culminate in a banquet planned for April 12.

For more information, contact Tasha Thomas, BSU’s graduate advisor, or Tiffany Folks, BSU president, at 607-777-2885.

Last Updated: 9/17/13