Media Advisory: Cornel West available for media Q&A Friday

February 11th, 2009

* WHO :* Cornel West, one of Americas most provocative intellectuals

Brief bio: West has garnered national acclaim for his writing, speaking and teachingwhich weave together the traditions of the black Baptist church, progressive politics and jazz. His many books include the best-sellersRace Matters,a searing analysis of racism in America, andDemocracy Matters,a look at the arrested development of democracy both in the U.S. and the Middle East. His latest book,Hope on a Tightrope,presents a collection of views on the current state of American politics and culture. West has also released three albums, and he was an influential force in developing the story line for the popularMatrixmovie trilogy. He served as the trilogys official spokesman and played a recurring role in the final two films. He earned two bachelors degrees in three years from Harvard University and his doctorate from Princeton University. West is currently a professor at Princeton.

* WHAT :* A brief group question-and-answer session with media

* WHEN :* Friday, Feb. 13, 3:10-3:25 p.m.

* WHERE :* WVU College of Law, Steptoe&Johnson Mini Courtroom, Room 163 (adjacent to Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom)

* PARKING :* Parking is available at the law school. Please display media parking pass.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS :* West will kick off this years Festival of Ideas at 4 p.m. Friday in the Mountainlair ballrooms. His talk,The Evolution of Street Knowledge: Hip Hops Influence on Law and Culture,will be followed by a book signing. Wests presentationwhich is also part of a WVU College of Law symposium on the same themeis free and open to the public. (Release at )

The Festival of Ideas brings key figures from the fields of sports, politics, business, entertainment, research, scholarship and culture to Morgantown. The series is supported in part by the David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas Endowment. Other 2009 Festival of Ideas speakers are scientist Leroy Hood, author Walter Isaacson, economist William Easterly, journalist Gwen Ifill and paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey.

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