Considered one of the preeminent - and most provocative - public intellectuals in America today, West is known for lively commentary and insights on a range of subjects, from race and religion to Marx and jazz music.
West is the author or co-author of 10 books dealing with philosophy, religion and social criticism.
His most recent work, The Future of the Race , co-written with his Harvard colleague Henry Louis Gates Jr., includes an essay by West which offers a critical analysis of philosopher and historian W.E.B. DuBois, among the most famous of early 20th century African-American intellectuals.
The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the Heights Room of the Lower Campus Dining Hall.
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