Academic and Activist Cornel West Comes to the Schar School April 14

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Noted academic and progressive political activist Cornel West visits George Mason University’s Van Metre Hall in Arlington for a wide-ranging discussion with Schar School of Policy Associate Professor Michael K. Fauntroy on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

The in-person appearance, sponsored by the Schar School’s Race, Politics, and Policy Center (RPPC), is free and open to the public.

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Cornel West: 'We will explore the deep crisis that America finds itself in.'

“We will discuss issues of personal integrity, civic virtue, and a political vision of justice and fairness,” West said. “We will explore the center of the deep crisis that America finds itself in.”

Specifically, added Fauntroy, founding director of the RPPC, the discussion will address the state of American democracy, human rights, critical race theory, and other topics. A question-and-answer session with audience members will follow the conversation.

Fauntroy, who has known West for more than a decade, noted that his appearance exemplifies the kinds of events the RPPC will produce as it aims to become “a major player in advancing the public discourse about the vital issues on which we focus,” he said. West’s appearance as the first in-person event is “a big honor for the center, the Schar School, and the university at-large.” 

West, a well-known as “a provocative intellectual,” has written 20 books, edited 13, and taught as a professor at Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, and the University of Paris. He currently serves as the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Participants must complete Mason COVID Health™ and receive a “green light” status on the day of the event. Event organizers must confirm status during check-in prior to event entry. Attendees are required to wear masks during the event.