“Black Thought in the Hour of Chaos”
A Conversation with Cornel West, Imani Perry & Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
The 2014 – 2015 Conversation Series presented by the Center for African American Studies brings Dr. Cornel West back to Princeton University. West will engage in a dialogue with colleagues Dr. Imani Perry and Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. about the current state of black America. Central to the conversation are the topics of jobs and unemployment, mass incarceration, and the paucity of courageous, prophetic black voices in the public debate. In short, they will grapple with the sense of chaos in black America and struggle with the question, “What do we need to do now in the face of this crisis?"
The conversation on November 6th will focus on the courage of people and communities of courage. West, Perry and Glaude will draw from past thinkers to speculate on a progressive future. Cornel West’s new book Black Prophetic Fire frames this discussion. In the book, he examines Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells as prophets of black America.
Our conversation series demonstrates the Center’s commitment to modeling a form of engagement that enriches public discussion on a range of topics including: politics, music, literature, and the arts. The series brings together public figures, from the same or different fields, to share perspectives on their work and insights into our society.
“Black Thought in the Hour of Chaos”
A Conversation with Cornel West,
Professor Imani Perry & Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
McCosh Hall, Room 50
This event is free and open to the public.
Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. West is the Class of 1943 University Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.
He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on his dear Brother, Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show. The Smiley and West radio show began October 1, 2010. He made his film debut in the Matrix – and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand.
Last, 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 recent spoken word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard’s Choices (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best Jazz Album of the year of 2009), The Cornel West Theory’s Second Rome and the Raheem DeVaughn’s Love & War: Masterpeace.
In short, Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.
Professor Perry is an interdisciplinary scholar who studies race and African American culture using the tools provided by various disciplines including: law, literary and cultural studies, music, and the social sciences. She has published numerous articles in the areas of law, cultural studies, and African American studies. She is the author of More Beautiful, More Terrible and Prophets of the Hood. She also wrote the notes and introduction to the Barnes and Nobles Classics edition of the Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Professor Perry teaches interdisciplinary courses that train students to use multiple methodologies to investigate African American experience and culture.
Professor Eddie Glaude's research interests include American pragmatism, specifically the work of John Dewey, and African American religious history and its place in American public life. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the 2002 Modern Language Association William Sanders Scarborough Prize for his book Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early Nineteenth-Century Black America. Professor Glaude's work also includes Is It Nation Time?: Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism and African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology co-edited with Cornel West. He is author of In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America and African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction.