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West, Zizek to discuss 'Who Believes What,' Nov. 17

Princeton professor Cornel West will join philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek in a discussion titled "The Ignorance of Chicken, or Who Believes What Today?" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in McCosh 50. A free screening of a documentary on Zizek is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

The discussion will cover a wide range of topics including contemporary religion, philosophy, politics and psychoanalysis.

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

Zizek is a philosophy professor at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and the author of more than 50 books on subjects such as Hegel, Christianity, Iraq, totalitarianism and Alfred Hitchcock. "ZIZEK! The Movie" chronicles his travels around the world and his often outrageous commentaries on cultural and academic topics.

The discussion is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion; Council of the Humanities; Graduate School; School of Architecture; University Center for Human Values; departments of anthropology, comparative literature, English, German, religion and Slavic languages and literatures; and programs in African-American studies, American studies, European cultural studies and media and modernity.

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