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Noted public intellectual Cornel West plans to finish up his teaching career in Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he began his career as an assistant professor back in 1977. Since that time, he has gone to Yale, Harvard and Princeton, and had a powerful impact on the entire world.
West is currently the author of 19 books, including “Race Matters.” He is taking a significant pay cut to join Union, but likely earns most of the money back through speaking fees.
Union is known as the birthplace of black theology. West gives the black church credit for formulating his liberal politics. He claims that Union was “the institutional expression of my core identity as a prophetic Christian.”
“I don’t have that much time, and I want to be able to do precisely what I’m called to do,” said Professor West.
West will remain an emeritus professor at Princeton, where he is leaving on good terms. He is also given credit for helping to create an outstanding center for African American studies.
The Rev. Serene Jones, Union’s president, told the New York Times that “In coming here, Cornel comes to a place where his scholarly commitments and his activism don’t live in two different worlds. As you get older, the more integrated your life is, the healthier it feels and the less time you have to spend waking up deciding who you’re going to be that day. At Union, he just has to be Cornel.”