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Cornel West Steps into the Spotlight for 10th Annual Underwood Lecture
(HOUSTON, March 29, 2005)— Social justice. Economic parity.
Racial equity. Princeton University’s Cornel West brings his
observations on race, justice and democracy to the Graduate School
of Social Works’ 10th Annual
David M. Underwood Lecture, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, in the
Cullen Performance Hall.
The lecture, presented by the GSSW’s American Humanics program,
is free and open to the public.
“Cornel West is probably the most prominent voice today on
the topic of race relations and social justice,” Margaret
O’Donnell, director of the GSSW’s American Humanics
program said. “His words fit with the mission of the Underwood
Lecture to inform and inspire.”
West is currently the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion
at Princeton. One of America’s most provocative public intellectuals,
West has won numerous awards, including the American Book Award,
and has received more than 20 honorary degrees. He received his
bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his master’s
and doctorate from Princeton. His books “Race Matters”
and “Democracy Matters” were best sellers.
“American Humanics is dedicated to preparing individuals
from diverse backgrounds for prominent roles in the non-profit world,”
O’Donnell said. “Their work will empower communities
and the people who live in them. Dr. West’s message of community
empowerment supports this goal.”
West’s outspoken nature placed him at odds with Harvard
President Lawrence Summers in 2002 when West was serving as professor
of African American studies. He drew criticism for his post 9-11
comments about an “imperial America,” for his participation
in a hip-hop CD which he called “danceable educational”
and for serving on the presidential exploratory committee for activist
Al Sharpton. West also contributed his acting skill and religious
thoughts to the recent “Matrix” movie trilogy. Controversy
surrounded his involvement with these projects, playing a role in
West’s widely reported decision to leave his position at Harvard
to join the faculty at rival Princeton.
The American Humanics Program is part of an alliance of colleges,
universities and non-profit organizations preparing undergraduate
and post baccalaureate students for work in the non-profit field.
Students move on to jobs in volunteer management, fund development,
public relations or program planning. Students also have access
to internship and job opportunities.
The Underwood Lecture has presented many prominent speakers and
authors, including Jonathan Kozol and Barbara Ehrenreich.
For additional information contact Margaret O’Donnell at
For more information about the UH David M. Underwood chapter of
the American Humanics Program, please visit http://www.uh.edu/cysp/index.html
For more information on the UH Graduate School of Social Work,
please visit http://www.sw.uh.edu/
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