Origins Keynote speaker
Dr. Cornel West
6:30pm, Lorimer Chapel
Cornel West will deliver the keynote lecture for the 2017–18 Colby College Humanities theme Origins. Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for 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. Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, Democracy Now!, CNN, and C-Span. He made his film debut in the Matrix – and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand. He has produced three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating 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.
In short, Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.
Organized by the Center for the Arts and Humanities.
For the public:
Tickets are free and open to the public, a limited number of tickets will be available to the public Monday, April 2, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. or until tickets are gone. Members of the public can pick up tickets on campus in Pulver Pavilion (in Cotter Union) or reserve them over the phone by calling 207-859-4165. Two tickets per person, please.
For Colby Students and Colby Faculty and Staff:
Tickets available in Pulver Pavilion, Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3, 9 am- 2 pm, or as long as tickets last.
Colby Students*: One ticket per person
Colby Faculty and Staff: Two tickets per person
*Colby ID required to obtain tickets. Students may pick up tickets for others with multiple Colby IDs
For any further questions, please contact Megan Fossa at