Closing Keynote: Race Matters...In Education
First published in 1993, Professor Cornel West's seminal text, Race Matters, was a national best-seller, and it has since become a classic on race in America. The insights Professor West brings to our complicated race problems remain fresh, exciting, creative, and compassionate. Now more than ever, with a new introduction, Race Matters is a book that also informs us on the ways in which the mechanism of structural racism can affect every facet of society in America...yes, even our educational institutions. With his mind trained on justice and his heart on hope, Professor West will underscore the importance of viewing justice, hope, and love as societal imperatives to ensure that our youth are granted the liberty to learn.
Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.