In a Winnipeg lecture and in a later conversation with Paul Kennedy, political activist, author, provocative intellectual and self-described 'jazz man of ideas', Cornel West talks about righteous anger and the fight for social justice, the lack of integrity in American political office, and his passion for John Coltrane. **This episode originally aired June 2, 2015.
"My theology is I was a gangster before I met Jesus, now I'm a redeemed sinner with gangster proclivities. So you never know where your going to end up catastrophe hits and low and behold you don't have enough spirit in your tank and you end up following your worst rather than your best...everyday is a struggle. Just like every day is a gift. That's part of the unpredictability and mystery too. How do we stay on the straight and narrow and don't fall off " -- Cornel West
Cornel West is a provocative intellectual and American civil rights activist.
Dr. West is Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary in New York and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He's also taught at Yale and Harvard, as well as the University of Paris. He's written 19 books including Race Matters, Democracy Matters and his memoir Brother West Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book is Black Prophetic Fire. He's also a devoted fan of jazz musician John Coltrane.
He delivered the inaugural Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Justice and the Public Good. Dr West's talk was on Social Justice in a Secular World.
Special thanks to Carlos Colorado associate professor and Co-Chair of the joint masters program in religion for organizing this series. Find out more from the University of Winnipeg CLASS website.