Cornel West to Speak in Everett on Thursday

March 2, 2014

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Cornel West will be in Everett on Thursday evening. Photo courtesy Everett Community College.

Cornel West, self described as “a blues man in the life of the mind, a jazz man in the world of ideas” is coming to Everett Thursday evening to speak on the role of race in education. West’s appearance is sponsored by students at Everett Community College. Here’s how the college describes the program…

Everett Community College is bringing Cornel West, one of the country’s most prominent public intellectuals, to Everett March 6.

West, a lifelong champion for racial justice, will speak at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at the Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave, Suite 200. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission is free for EvCC students and employees with ID, but a ticket is required. For all other students with ID, tickets are $5. Tickets are available at until March 5.

West’s topic is “Race in Education: Empowering Andragogy in Educational Institutions.” Andragogy are teaching strategies developed for adult learners.

“This special event provides an opportunity for all of us to come together and have open and engaging dialogue around the topic of race and education,” said Jerod Grant, Director of EvCC’s Outreach, Diversity, and Equity Center. “Dr. West will challenge those attending to take a second look at what many may consider the educational norm. We want people leaving the event enlightened and with actionable goals to continue our progression towards an inclusive and equitable society.”

West, a professor at the University of Princeton, is the author of 19 books and editor of 13 more. He’s best known for his books “Race Matters,” “Democracy Matters” and his new memoir “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.”

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in three years and obtained his master’s degree and doctorate in philosophy at Princeton. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris.

He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on Tavis Smiley’s PBS television show.

West’s presentation is part of EvCC’s recognition of Black Legacy Month. The event is sponsored by EvCC’s Student Activities Office, Black Student Union and Outreach, Diversity and Equity Center.

For more information, contact or call 425-388-9306.

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3 Responses to “Cornel West to Speak in Everett on Thursday”

  1. Eric L. Wattree Says:

    Cornel West is a Phony
    Cornel West is the quintessential phony, and one of the primary reasons the country is in the fix that it’s in. The Black community wasn’t doing great, but a lot better than it is today under Clinton. Then during the 2000 election Ralph Nader and Cornel West teamed up and got Bush elected.
    Clinton’s vice President, Al Gore, lost the 2000 election to Bush in Florida by 537 votes, and the Nader/West coalition peeled off 97,488 votes from Gore in Florida alone. So, again, West is one of the big reasons that the Black community is in the shape that it’s in today. Under Bush, the country was hemorrhaging 850,000 jobs a month. So by criticizing Obama about the condition of the country, Cornel West is like a guy who walks into a restaurant, shit on the floor, and then start screaming for the the Health Department because the owner doesn’t get it up fast enough. (
    The “brother” will do anything to grin in a camera pub. That’s why he was run out of Harvard – he spent more time chasing publicity that he did engaging in academic pursuits. And I would have loved to been a fly on the wall when he “left” Princeton. He’s just not the kind of brother that would voluntarily take a downgrade in stature and a cut in pay. Clear evidence of that is, in spite of all of the millions of words he’s spewed claiming to love “HIS PEOPLE,” he’s never in his entire career taught at a school that the Average Black student can even afford to have lunch at, and I’m not just hatin’ on a brother – these are facts, and I could go on and on, because I’ve been researching the brother for over six years and have written over thirty articles on him.
    In addition, one would think that West would have learned his lesson after the 2000 election debacle that got Bush elected, but now on your life. West tried to team up with Ralph Nader again to undermine Obama, and help the GOP, in the Last election in 2012, but this time no one bought into it. (
    According to a Washington Post article entitled, Liberals seeking primary challengers to Obama, “The group said Saturday it is seeking six ‘recognizable, articulate’ candidates who would not mount serious challenges to Obama, but ‘rigorously debate his policy stands’ on issues related to labor, poverty, foreign policy, civil rights and consumer protections.” Who did they think they were kidding? They were out to cause the very same kind of dissension among Democrats that lost them the election to Bush in 2000.
    Clear evidence that West had absolutely no concern about either poverty, or the working class is, in spite of Tavis Smiley and Cornel West traveling all across the country on a bus under the pretext of being so passionately concerned about poverty in America that they just HAD to take a stand – but of course, that was BEFORE the election, and when they had books to sell. But after the election was over, and they didn’t have any new books to sell, they couldn’t bring themselves to walk down the street from Tavis’ office to support the Black Friday demonstrations taking place all across the country against Wal-Mart – Tavis’ major sponsor, a member of ALEC, and the biggest abuser of the working class in America today.
    And not only did they fail to attend ANY of the demonstrations taking place across the country against Wal-Mart, they didn’t even issue a comment of support. All we’ve heard coming from the Smiley/West camp are crickets – and as everyone knows, that’s extremely uncharacteristic of Cornel West, who’s renown for being willing to trade a kidney for a sound byte. Thus, that just about says it all about those two. All subjective assessments aside, the facts alone suggest that Tavis Smiley and Cornel West are two of the most blatantly self-serving hypocrites that the Black community has ever suffered.
    And finally, just to show you how transparent their game is, we PREDICTED that Tavis and West weren’t going to show up at the demonstrations against Wal-Mart.

  2. Matthew St John Says:

    Dr. West is on the faculty of Union Theological Seminary and is a Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.