Cornel West to Deliver Susan Resneck Pierce Lecture

August 9, 2006

Tacoma, Wash. - Cornel West, a noted scholar and author of 17 thought-provoking books on issues related to race, justice, and democracy, is coming to University of Puget Sound Memorial Fieldhouse to deliver the lecture, Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight against Imperialism, which is based on his book of the same title.  The talk is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 14. It is open to the public, however tickets are required.

Often called “America’s Public Intellectual,” West is a a professor of religion and African-American studies at Princeton. He is a dynamic speaker who interacts with audience members. About his book, Democracy Matters, West says,
"… (It) looks unflinchingly at the waning of democratic energies and practices in our nation. Describing our present age as a deeply troubling time with a deterioration of democratic powers in America …If America is to become a better steward of democratization around the world, we must first wake up to the long history of imperialist corruption that has plagued our own democracy."

The Northeastern Voice described West as, “A noted social and economic philosopher,” citing his push to bring the struggle for racial equity into the national spotlight.  After earning degrees from both Princeton and Harvard universities, West has spent more than 20 years researching and teaching issues of race, philosophy, and religion. He is the recipient of an American Book Award and more than 20 honorary degrees. 

The Susan Resneck Pierce Lecture Series on Public Affairs and the Arts is named for the president emerita of University of Puget Sound. The series brings intellectuals, writers, and artists to the university to talk about interesting and challenging ideas that will stimulate further exploration and discussion on campus. Past Pierce lecturers include Poet Laureate of the United States Robert Pinsky, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, playwright/actress Anna Deavere Smith, and journalist/historian David Halberstam.

Tickets to West’s lecture are $10 for the general public and are available at the Wheelock Student Center Information Desk. To place a credit card order call 253.879.3419. Directions to the University of Puget Sound campus and information on parking are available online at

Editor’s Note: A print quality photo of Cornel West is available on the University of Puget Sound Web site at