Left Forum 2011: EXCLUSIVE Audio Interview with Dr. Cornel West

Preempting the opening plenary with Cornel West, Barbara Ehrenreich, Laura Flanders, and Paul Mason, Shaun Randol and I speak with Cornel West at the pre-conference cocktail party. We discuss the international day of action scheduled for tomorrow, 03/19, occurring on the anniversary of the Iraq War and the potential of the Libyan invasion on the horizon, white supremacy and the labor movement, the role of the religious left and Barack Obama's right-leaning economic policies related to the current and ongoing economic crisis. 

Dr. Cornel West's Bio

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, Dr. 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, selling 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 his heart behind the human mind. Themes include Faith, Family, Philosophy, Love and Service. Cornel West has published 19 other books and has edited 13 texts. West also offers commentary weekly on The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI (Public Radio International).

West was an influential force in developing the storyline for the popular Matrix movie trilogy and has served as its official spokesperson, as well as playing a recurring role in the final two films.

Dr. West graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and has a Ph.D. from Princeton.

J. K. Fowler is an adjunct professor in the sociology and anthropology department at Rutgers University Newark, the founding and managing editor of the nomadic sojourns creative collective based in Oakland, CA and Brooklyn, NY, a full-time editor, and a doctoral candidate at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.