Cornel West Returns

January 3, 2017
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Professor Cornel West returns to Harvard University, and will teach two courses starting in Spring 2017.

As reported in the New York Times:

[Professor West] is to hold a joint appointment at the Harvard Divinity School and the department of African and African-American studies as a professor of the practice of public philosophy, a title reserved for those who have made outstanding contributions in their professional fields.

“Our friend is coming back in this distinguished posture to resume an appointment like the one he had when he departed,” said Lawrence D. Bobo, the chairman of the department.

Dr. Bobo said the position is for “someone who is recognized not simply as a scholar or teacher or significant voice, but who is on a bigger stage, who is speaking to a broader public” about “the important questions of the day.”

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The Historical Philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois

Cornel West


2017 Spring
Full Term

This course will examine the historical philosophy of the towering Black scholar and great freedom fighter of the 20th Century. We shall engage in close readings of Du Bois’ classic work, “The Souls of Black Folk” (1903) as well as subsequent essays in his magisterial corpus, especially his classic autobiography, “Dusk of Dawn” (1940).

Class Notes: Offered jointly with the Divinity School as 2729.


American Democracy

Cornel West, Roberto Managbeira Unger


2017 Spring

Full Term

Democracy, inequality, and nationalism in America. The white working class and American politics. Class and race. Identities and interests. Conditions for socially inclusive economic growth. Alternative directions of institutional change, viewed in light of American history. Democratizing the market and deepening democracy. Self-reliance and solidarity.

Class Notes:  Offered jointly with the Divinity School as 2733. Offered jointly with the Law School as 2955.



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