West receives Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom
Posted June 3, 2005; 04:22 p.m.
Princeton Professor Cornel West has won the 2005 Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom.
According to an announcement from the Lannan Foundation, the $350,000 award is intended to recognize those who promote and protect the human right to freedom of imagination, inquiry and expression. The foundation defines cultural freedom as "the right of individuals and communities to define and protect valued and diverse ways of life currently threatened by globalization."
West, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion, lectures and writes widely on a variety of subjects, including racial equality, American imperialism, war and peace, ending street violence, democracy and spiritual politics.
"At a time in modern history where one sees the greatest disparity ever between rich and poor, Dr. West's talks unnerve and unsettle the comfortable classes, while communicating a sense of hope and justice to the politically and economically marginalized," said J. Patrick Lannan Jr., president of the Santa Fe, N.M.-based Lannan Foundation.West, who earned a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980, is the author of the best-selling books "Race Matters" (1993) and "Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism" (2004).