In an on-stage conversation on how ideological differences can strengthen relationships, professors Cornel West and Robert George will present the Luther College Spring Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.
The lecture, sponsored by Campus Programming and the Center for Ethics and Public Life, is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Titled "The Bond of Truth Seeking: Friendship and Integrity in an Age of Ideology," West and George will discuss the skills they have developed in order to have meaningful and open discussions. As opposed to arguments over who is right, such dialogues are one of the cornerstones of a liberal arts education.
West and George spent a number of years demonstrating these skills while co-teaching one of the most popular courses at Princeton University. With their own liberal and conservative differences as a springboard for conversation, their method of civil dialogue was used to challenge students to question their beliefs and assumptions about morality, government and the nature of a good life.
A prominent and provocative social activist and intellectual, West is a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is a professor emeritus at Princeton and has also taught at Yale University and Harvard University. This is his second appearance as a Distinguished Lecturer at Luther.
Of his more than 20 books, West is best known for "Race Matters, Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism," "The African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country" and "The War Against Parents: What We Can Do for America's Beleaguered Moms and Dads."
George is the McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence at Princeton and the founding director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He is chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and has served as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
George has been praised by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan as "one of the nation's most respected legal theorists." He is the author of "In Defense of Natural Law, Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality" and "Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism."
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.