Philosopher Cornel West to deliver Tresolini Lecture

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Philosopher and public intellectual Cornel West will deliver a talk at Lehigh’s annual Tresolini Lecture on April 7, entitled “Race and Class in America: From the Voting Rights Act to Black Lives Matter.”

West is a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and a professor emeritus at Princeton. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris.

Cornel West (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Cornel West (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Known as one of America’s most provocative public intellectuals, West has served as an advocate for social justice and democracy.

He has written more than 20 books, including “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism.” He has also appeared in more than 25 documentaries and films.

Established in 1978, the Rocco J. Tresolini Lectureship in Law has featured such distinguished guest speakers as veteran journalist Bill Moyers, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The lectureship was created in honor of Rocco Tresolini, who served as professor and chair of Lehigh’s department of government.

The lecture will take place in Zoellner Arts Center’s Baker Hall at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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