Sheffield talk by US activist

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One of the USA’s most famous and popular intellectuals will be the guest speaker at The University of Sheffield Students’ Union next Flash! event.

Philosopher, academic and activist Dr Cornel West is the author of the bestselling books Race Matters, Democracy Matters and his new memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.

He will be speaking at The Auditorium in the Students’ Union building at Western Bank at 6.30pm on Wednesday, May 8.

West criticised President Barack Obama’s 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, saying that it would be difficult for him to be ‘a war president with a peace prize’.

An eclectic thinker, West is closely interested in pop culture and the link between philosophy and the street.

He describes himself as ‘one of America’s most provocative public intellectuals - a champion for racial justice through the traditions of the black church, progressive politics and jazz’.

Dr West was speaking at the famous Oxford Union when he was approached by Sheffield Students’ Union president Abdi Suleiman and invited to visit the city.

Abdi said: “I told him we were about to unveil a memorial to Malcolm X, who visited The University of Sheffield Students’ Union and spoke to students three months before his assassination and we asked if Dr West would be able to perform the unveiling for us.

“We were delighted he said yes straight away and that he is also finding time during an extremely tight schedule to present a talk.Our Flash! series of events involves a range of speakers as eclectic, interesting and exciting as Dr Cornel West and Bill Oddie and all are open to the public.”

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