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Dr. Cornel West to Deliver Gifford Lectures at University of Edinburgh


Sunday, May 5, 2024
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[Edinburgh, Scotland] – Dr. Cornel West, esteemed philosopher, author, and independent presidential candidate for the United States of America, will be delivering the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. This series of six thought-provoking talks will take place from Monday, May 6th to Thursday, May 16th. The Gifford Lectures, often likened to the Nobel Prize for philosophers, have a distinguished history of hosting some of the world's most influential thinkers.

Brother West's lectures promise to explore pressing philosophical inquiries, including themes of justice, morality, and societal transformation. With his unparalleled insight and passionate advocacy for social justice, Dr. West's contributions to the Gifford Lecture series are anticipated to be both enlightening and inspiring.

In addition to his academic engagements, Dr. West will also demonstrate his commitment to truth, justice and love by joining the new student encampment at the Edinburgh Old College in solidarity for the genocide in Gaza. This act of solidarity reflects Dr. West's dedication to lending a voice for the voiceless, and advocating for marginalized communities both at home and abroad.

To learn more about Dr. Cornel West's Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh and watch the livestream, please visit this link to the Gifford Lectures website.


About Dr. Cornel West

Dr. West, affectionately known to many as Brother West, is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary.

Dr. West is the former University Professor at Harvard University, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and the first Black person to receive a Ph.D. In Philosophy from Princeton University. He has written 20 books and he is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He will deliver the historic Gifford lectures at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in Spring 2024.

Dr. West enters the 2024 Presidential contest at a time in which he describes a national crisis of moral bankruptcy and spiritual obscenity driven by a derelict duopoly of both major parties that equally places profits over people and the planet. West asserts that running as an Independent candidate affords him the opportunity and duty to deliver policy prescriptions incorporated by and for the people, instead of political parties beholden to corporations and special interest groups who feel no solidarity with poor and working-class people of all races, gender identities, and age groups.

The Cornel West Campaign to empower poor and working people everywhere stands at a pivotal moment in history, committed to being a true campaign for people around the globe. Our aim is and will always be to unite in solidarity with movements of truth and justice, who seek a choice beyond empire, white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, and the confines of the corporate-dominated two-party system.

About Dr. Melina Abdullah

Dr. Melina Abdullah is a Professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, where she has also served as Department Chair. A respected scholar and dedicated activist, Dr. Abdullah is deeply involved in organized labor and social justice movements, holding roles such as the Chair of the Council for Racial and Social Justice with the California Faculty Association’s Los Angeles Chapter. She has been a lifelong union organizer and a delegate to the County Federation of Labor, melding her academic expertise with grassroots activism to champion causes such as the "Cops Off Campus" campaign and the establishment of Ethnic Studies in educational curricula.

A founding organizer of Black Lives Matter, Dr. Abdullah continues to lead the Los Angeles chapter and serves as Director of Black Lives Matter Grassroots, driving local and national initiatives that aim to dismantle systemic racism. Her leadership has been pivotal in various campaigns for justice and equity, including #BlackWomenAreDivine and #EndPoliceAssociations. Dr. Abdullah's commitment to social change is also evident through her role in media, where she produces and hosts "Move the Crowd" on 90.7FM KPFK, furthering public political education.

Beyond her professional and activist roles, Dr. Abdullah is a devoted mother and a champion of community engagement and empowerment. Raised in Oakland, California, by a family of union workers, she embodies the values instilled by her ancestors and strives to pass on a legacy of resilience and advocacy to her three children and her community in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District. Her extensive contributions to social justice have earned her numerous accolades, including the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance “Champion of Change” Award and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from Loyola Marymount University.

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