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Cornel West to speak at GMU’s Arlington campus in two weeks

Cornel West to speak at George Mason University’s Arlington campus (photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

Famed philosopher Dr. Cornel West will be speaking in Arlington next month.

West is coming to George Mason University’s campus on Fairfax Drive in two weeks, on Thursday, April 14. As the event listing notes, he’ll be in conversation for two hours with the school’s director of the Race, Politics, and Policy Center Dr. Michael Fauntroy and speaking on “the current state of American democracy, human rights, and critical race theory.”

West will also be taking audience questions.

The event is in-person, free and open to the general public. Registration is required, though. Masks are required and attendees need to a Covid health survey prior to coming.

The event at Van Metre Hall Auditorium featuring the well-known author and political activist was first announced back in October. Last summer, West resigned from Harvard University where he was a professor, saying the Ivy League school was experiencing a “intellectual and spiritual bankruptcy of deep depths.”

GMU is in the midst of transforming its Virginia Square campus, having started on a $235 million expansion earlier this year. The expansion will include a new 400,000 square foot building that will house the university’s new School of Computing and faculty from Institute for Digital InnovAtion. The building is expected to be completed by the summer of 2025.

An official groundbreaking ceremony is planned for next week.

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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