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Belafonte, West discuss Africa and Americas, May 12

Entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte and Princeton professor Cornel West will discuss "Bridging Africa and the Americas through Art and Activism" at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in McCarter Theatre.

Belafonte and West will argue that traditional academic disciplines can better understand Africa by focusing on the cultural and political realities that are common throughout the African diaspora.

Belafonte has won Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards in more than 50 years as a musician and actor. He also has achieved recognition for his efforts in the cause of human rights around the globe.

West is the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion and the author of the best-selling books "Race Matters" and "Democracy Matters."

The discussion is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Program in African-American Studies, the Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, the Program in African Studies and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

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