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An Evening With Dr. Cornel West


Fri 12 Jun 2015, 6:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Plenary, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Student: $49.00
  • General Admission: $79.00
  • VIP: $99.00
  • Meet and Greet: $249.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: miranda14

"You've got to be a thermostat rather than a thermometer. A thermostat shapes the climate of opinion; a thermometer just reflects it."

This is the call for action from Dr. Cornel West – philosopher, academic, social theorist, educator, author, and poet – who is bringing his intellectual locomotive to Australia in 2015. A Harvard graduate in his Bachelor's degree, and the first African-American to graduate from Princeton University with a PhD in Philosophy, Dr. West has spent his life – personal and professional – breaking down the social barriers which have disenfranchised minority groups for decades, if not centuries.

Across penning and contributing to over twenty published books (including Race Matters (1994) and Democracy Matters (2004)), receiving over twenty honorary degrees and an American Book Award, frequently featuring as media commentator on Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News, and releasing three spoken word albums with a slew of impressive collaborations, Dr. West effortlessly balances himself on the tightrope between education and entertainment, remaining an inspiration to millions as a figure who beat the social odds that were stacked against him.

In a rare engagement with one of the leading acclaimed intellectuals of the 20th and 21st century, Dr. West brings to Australia his mission of progressing a culture of critical thought which questions and challenges the status quo of current sociopolitical landscapes, for generations that are not merely socially conscious, but socially involved.

Think Inc. – the team behind bringing to Australia thinkers such as Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr. Michio Kaku, and The 'Amazing' James Randi – are proud to announce Dr. Cornel West's Australian tour.