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FAU Presents ‘An Evening with Dr. Cornel West’

BOCA RATON, FL (March 5, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Division of Student Affairs, along with FAU’s Program Board, Multicultural Programming and The Office of Multicultural Affairs, will present a lecture by Dr. Cornel West on Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m. in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, FAU’s Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The event is open to the public.

West, the class of 1943 university professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University and frequent contributor to various cable news programs, will lecture on his perspective of today’s current events.

“Dr. West is an influential intellectual leader who writes and speaks about current economic, political and social issues impacting society,” said Charles Brown, Ph.D., senior vice president of student affairs at FAU. “We are honored to have him speak on our campus.  His lecture should encourage constructive dialogue and discussion on how we can address today’s economic, political and social issues.”

West graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in three years and obtained his master’s degree and Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University.  He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris.  West has written 20 books and is editor of 13, best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and his new memoir, Brother West:  Living and Loving Out Loud.  He appears frequently on the “Bill Maher Show,” “Colbert Report,” CNN and C-Span.  West is co-host of the popular radio show “Smiley & West” heard on Public Radio International around the country.  The co-hosts have recently co-authored the forthcoming book titled, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto.  The new book is a game-changing text on economic injustice in America that will be in stores April 2012.

This event is part of the inaugural South Florida Youth Summit, a three-day event bringing together youth, parents, community leaders and organizations to encourage youth to bridge the gap between themselves and their communities.

Tickets are free for students with an FAU OWL Card, but students must obtain a ticket in advance from the FAU Student Union Box Office. Tickets are $10 for FAU staff and faculty, and $25 for the general public. To purchase tickets, call 561-297-3737, visit the FAU Student Union Box Office, or go to .

For more information, contact Juan Izaguirre at 561-297-3959 or visit .



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