Classical Education and the Black Intellectual Tradition


CornelWestCornel West, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary, will join colleagues Angel Parham, Eric  Hairston, and Brian Williams to discuss classical education and the Black Intellectual Tradition. The author of twenty books, most notably Race Matters and Democracy Matters, West has advocated for the kind of classical liberal arts education that contributed significantly to the visionary writings of nineteenth and twentieth century African Americans like W.E.B. DuBois, Anna Julia Cooper, Martin Luther King, Toni Morrison, and others. Most recently West criticized Howard University, a historically black college, for eliminating its classics department. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, West described the decision as a "spiritual catastrophe," and remarked, "Sadly, in our culture’s conception, the crimes of the West have become so central that it’s hard to keep track of the best of the West. We must be vigilant and draw the distinction between Western civilization and philosophy on the one hand, and Western crimes on the other" (Washington Post).

The event will be open to the public and will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 7pm in the Warner Atrium, located on the 3rd floor of the Warner Library on the Eastern University campus. Seating is limited. RSVP

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