SOURCE: Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

December 12, 2016 11:30 ET

Author, Princeton Professor Emeritus and Social Activist Dr. Cornel West to Speak at Lecture Series on Faith, Intellect and Culture

Hosted by Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Registration for Tickets Opens in Mid-December 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - December 12, 2016) - As part of his public mission "to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice," noted speaker, professor, author and activist Dr. Cornel West will address the Los Angeles community on February 24th, 2017 at 8PM at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

The event is hosted by Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series. The series theme for 2017 centers around a discussion of faith, intellect, and culture, and how these values can connect and contribute to a life of wholeness. It is a reflection, as GSEP dean Rev. Dr. Helen Easterling Williams, EdD explains, of the idea that "we can be intellectuals and have faith as well. "

Dr. West is arguably one of the nation's most well regarded experts on these topics, having devoted much of his professional career to teaching, writing and speaking about similar themes. Currently, he is Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary, but holds emeritus status at Princeton, and has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris.

He has published more than 20 books and edited 13. His most recent works are the critically praised "Black Prophetic Fire" and "The Radical King." A spoken word performer, his collaborations with respected musical artists and filmmakers are well known. As a frequent television commentator and guest, Dr. West also is a staunch democrat, an outspoken critic of political corruption and the abuse of power.

"There is a crowning jewel to our Distinguished Speaker series this coming year, and that jewel comes at right at the end of Black History Month," says Rev. Dr. Williams. "Dr. West will be speaking to us about justice at the intersection of faith and culture. We're looking forward to his new book coming out, and being available to us at a time when the ringing persona in the world is Black Lives Matter… It's going to be a grand time."

Attendance is open to everyone, and the general public encouraged to attend. With Dr. West's inclusion as a speaker for the series, GSEP continues to push the envelope to create provocative, important and inspiring public discourse on social topics relevant to the challenges of contemporary life. The 2017 series theme also reflects GSEP's emphasis on training not just scholars, but true servant-leaders and agents of change, both in the professional arena and as members of the community at large.

Dr. West's scheduled appearance at Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology is another way by which the school continues to garner national attention for its professors, students, alumni, and distinguished guests. Offering doctoral and master's degrees in psychology, counseling, and education, the school also features graduate level programs in learning technologies, leadership, social entrepreneurship and change.

As with all GSEP's Distinguished Speakers Series events, the evening with Dr. West is expected to be extremely well attended. Early registration for tickets is encouraged.

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