Prominent scholars Cornel West and Victor Anderson will participate in a virtual event, “Race, Faith and American Democracy: A Conversation,” on Friday, Feb. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. CT as part of Vanderbilt University’s celebration of Black History Month.
Vanderbilt’s African American and Diaspora Studies and Callie House Research Center will sponsor the event in collaboration with the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. All are invited to participate.
West is professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard Divinity School and a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He has written 20 books and edited 13, among them Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His frequent television appearances include Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN, C-SPAN and Tavis Smiley on PBS.
Anderson is Oberlin Theological School Chair and professor of ethics and society at Vanderbilt Divinity School and professor of African American and diaspora studies and religious studies in the College of Arts and Science. He has published three books: Beyond Ontological Blackness: An Essay in African American Religious and Cultural Criticism (1995), Pragmatic Theology: Negotiating the Intersection of an American Philosophy of Religion and Public Theology (1999), and Creative Exchange: A Constructive Theology of African American Religious Experience (2008). He teaches courses in philosophy of religion; philosophical, theological and social ethics; African American religious studies; and American philosophy and religious thought.
The event will include an opportunity for participants to ask questions of the speakers.