GVSU produces Culture Wars
A pair of Princeton professors “with little else in common” will be in town this week to discuss how to find the cultural common ground.
Grand Valley State University said last week that Cornel West and Robert George will lead a discussion — The Culture Wars: A Workable Armistice? — this Thursday in Grand Rapids, starting at 7 p.m., at the L.V. Eberhard Center, at 301 Fulton St. W.
The discussion is part of the American Conversations series by the GVSU Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.
The two professors and authors teach and debate together and have “staggeringly different views” on race, politics and government.
The pair will discuss their friendship, "based on productive collaboration," and how to promote the pursuit of cultural common ground.
Although seating in the lecture hall has sold-out, people can reserve a ticket online for a spot in the overflow room, which will feature live-stream video of the discussion.
West is a nationally recognized progressive political philosopher and race theorist who has been featured on the “Bill Maher Show,” “Colbert Report,” CNN and the “Late Show with David Letterman.”
He's a professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University and has taught at several other institutions: Union Theological Seminary, Yale and the University of Paris.
George is the founding director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton and vice chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
He also holds the McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence at Princeton.
He graduated from Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School and earned a doctorate from Oxford University.
American Conversations is a series of debates, seminars and conferences hosted by GVSU’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, in partnership with organizations across the county.
The event are focused on the themes of leadership and civic engagement.