Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Cornel West to speak March 4 at Westfield State University on ‘The Power of Deep Education’


CONTACT: Lorraine U. Martinelle,, 413.572.8014

WESTFIELD, Mass.—World-renowned political activist, professor, and author Dr. Cornel West will speak Wednesday, March 4, at Westfield State University’s Woodward Center, from 5 to 7 p.m. His talk, “The Power of Deep Education,” is expected to challenge audience members to explore humanity as a point of departure for thinking about the context of race, citizenship, love, and leadership.

Dr. West—a professor at Harvard University’s Divinity School who has also taught at Princeton, Yale, and New York universities—will speak to how “servant leadership” and “deep education” are needed for “self-interrogation and social transformation at the heart of service.” The talk is free and open to the public.

“Dr. West brings a lifetime of scholarship, public discourse, and activism to the goals of the Anti-Racism Education (ARE) Project in Westfield State University’s Education Department,” said Andrew Habana Hafner, Ed.D., associate professor of education at Westfield State University. “The ARE Project aims to introduce a critical, multicultural perspective for the WSU Education Department community that is rooted in the intentional aim of dismantling racism, and its role in intersectional forms of oppressions.

“Dr. West’s call to shape a greater collective social action is needed inspiration for Westfield State to re-envision the social futures we aim to create through PK–higher education ; a paideia that fortifies a higher ground for all the people, communities, and disciplines we aim to serve,” added Dr. Hafner.

A social critic and public intellectual, Dr. West’s work focuses on the role of race, gender, and class in American society and the means by which people act and react to their “radical conditionedness.” He frequently appears on television shows (such as The Colbert Report and Real Time with Bill Maher) and has been featured in over 25 documentaries and movies. He has recorded three spoken-word albums, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, and Gerald Levert. Dr. West has a passion to communicate to a variety of people to keep alive the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

Dr. West has written many books, including the influential classics Race Matters (1993) and Democracy Matters (2004). At Westfield State on March 4, he will sign his books after his talk and question-and-answer period. Books will be available for purchase.

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Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information about Westfield State University, visit,, or


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