Panelists

Cornel West

One of America's most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his "ferocious moral vision."

Currently the Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University, West burst onto the national scene in 1993 with his bestselling book, Race Matters, a searing analysis of racism in American democracy. Race Matters has become a contemporary classic, having sold more than half a million copies to date.

In West's long-awaited life story, BROTHER WEST: Living and Loving Out Loud, he offers a compelling exploration of the heart behind the brilliant mind. Themes include faith, family, philosophy, love, and service. West has published 19 other books and has edited 13 texts. West is co-host of Smiley & West from Public Radio International (PRI).

She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of California at Davis and a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of government at Harvard University.