10 Facts about Cornel West

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016. | Figures

Facts about Cornel West will make you learn more about the famous American academic, philosopher, and author, public intellectual and social activist. West is also known as one of the notable members of the Democratic Socialists in America. He was born on 2nd June 1953. If you want to know his early life, education and career, check the following post below:

Facts about Cornel West 1: the education of West

In 1973, West got his bachelor degree from Harvard University. In 1980, he graduated from Princeton University and earned a Ph.D.

Facts about Cornel West 2: the Ph.D.

Do you know that the first African American who earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University was Cornel West?

Cornel West Facts

Cornel West Facts

Facts about Cornel West 3: teaching career

In 2001, he taught at Harvard University. Due to the dispute between him and Lawrence Summers, the then president of Harvard University, he left the university. The dispute was highly publicized. When he was in Harvard, he taught an introductory class on African-American studies. Get facts about African American culture here.

Facts about Cornel West 4: As professor

After he ended his teaching career in Harvard, he was in Princeton as Professor of African American studies until 2011. Then he taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York City as a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice.

Facts about Cornel West

Facts about Cornel West

Facts about Cornel West 5: the works of West

The role of race, gender and class in American society is always used as the main theme in various works of West. There are various traditions that contributed to his understanding such as transcendentalism, neopragmatism, black church, Christianity and Marxism. Check facts about African American history here.

Facts about Cornel West 6: media commentators

West also appears in various programs like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Real Time with Bill Maher as a commentator related to the social and political issues.

Cornel West

Cornel West

Facts about Cornel West 7: the notable books of West

There are two notable books of Cornel West. Both are Democracy Matters (2004) and Race Matters (1994).

Facts about Cornel West 8: a radio program

There was a radio program called Smiley and West. It was hosted by Travis Smiley and Cornel West in 2010 until 2013.

Cornel West Pic

Cornel West Pic

Facts about Cornel West 9: parents

His father was a general contractor for the Defense Department. He was Clifton Louis West, Jr. His mother was a teacher and principal named Irene.

Facts about Cornel West 10: in Hollywood movies

You can see his appearance in some Hollywood movies like The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Reloaded.

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Cornel West Image

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