Dr. Cornel West

“The Arts as Prophetic Witness in Times of Suffering and Despair”
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
8 p.m.
Performing Arts Center


Dr. Cornel West, noted philosopher, political activist, social critic and author, will speak at Saint Vincent College at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Fred M. Rogers Center. West’s lecture, entitled “The Arts as a Prophetic Witness in Times of Suffering and Despair,” is a joint presentation of Saint Vincent College’s Threshold Lecture Series and the Ann Kinzer Clark Memorial Lecture Series in association with the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation.

West, who holds the title of professor emeritus at Princeton University, has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale University, Harvard University and the University of Paris. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in three years, going on to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton.

A prominent and provocative democratic intellectual, West has written 20 books and edited 13 others. He is best known for his classics “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters,” as well as his memoir “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.”

His most recent book, “Black Prophetic Fire,” offers an unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies.

West is a frequent guest on CNN, C-SPAN and Democracy Now. He made his film debut in the blockbuster classic “The Matrix.”  He subsequently appeared in sequels “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. West has appeared in more than 25 documentaries and films, including “Examined Life,” “Call + Response,” “Sidewalk” and “Stand.”

He has produced three spoken word albums, including “Never Forget,” a collaboration with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His spoken word interludes are featured on productions by Terence Blanchard, The Cornel West Theory, Raheem DeVaughn and Bootsy Collins.

Admission is free, but reservations are required and may be made by clicking the registration button or calling 724-805-2177.

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Threshold logoSaint Vincent College established the Threshold Series in 1981 when the Kennametal Foundation of Latrobe made a substantial grant to the College for the creation of an ongoing series of lectures and cultural events.

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Previous Speakers

Threshold logoPrevious Threshold speakers have included:

  • Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.
  • Carl Sagan
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Claire Bloom
  • Alex Haley
  • Lt. General James A. Abrahamson
  • Stephen F. Cohen
  • Ralph Nader
  • Robert Jarvik
  • Michael Medved
  • Jane Bryant Quinn
  • Harold S. Kushner
  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Archduke Rudolph of Austria
  • Roger Cossack
  • Heinz-Joachim Fischer
  • Jerome Oetgen
  • Benjamin Zander
  • Colleen Carroll Campbell
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Steven Johnson