Rick Najera to Interview Author and Scholar Dr. Cornel West at Cañada College, Jan 28 to Kick Off Black History Month

Cañada College to Kick Off Black History Month with Conversations About the Shared History of African Americans and Latinx Peoples’ on Jan. 28, 2021 at 4 p.m. PST via Zoom 

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. – As part of its ongoing commitment to celebrate diversity and inclusion, Cañada College will host an important conversation with Latino Thought Makers’ Rick Najera featuring renowned speaker, author and Harvard scholar, Dr. Cornel West on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 4 p.m. PST via Zoom. 

Register here for the free event: https://tinyurl.com/DrWestJan28 

Thank you to our Event Sponsors For event information, please visit https://canadacollege.edu/speaker-series 

“We are so excited for our students,” said Dr. Jamillah Moore, President of Cañada College. “It is not every day you get the opportunity to engage with a scholar like Dr. Cornel West.  He has put the importance of racial justice and truth on the equity map for higher education.” 

Dr. Cornel West is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.  He has authored 20 books and edited 13 and is best known for his classics, Race Matters, Democracy Matters and for his memoire, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, and his most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, which offers an unflinching look at nineteenth and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. Dr. West is the co-host along with Dr. Tricia Rose of The Tight Rope, a weekly podcast where they take time to welcome listeners and guests as thought collaborators with revered hosts and public intellectuals. Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. He has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice. 

Rick Najera, an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter, director and Broadway playwright, and host of Najera in America podcast, created Latino Thought Makers as a way to inspire younger generations through meaningful and diverse conversations. Latino Thought Makers was created to serve as a bridge for cultural tolerance and understanding while educating and inspiring audiences. Latino Thought Makers has featured prominent guests including Edward James Olmos, Dolores Huerta, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin and hundreds of other guests.  

“At a time when our country is in the middle of racial strife and a global pandemic, we need a literary scholar like Dr. Cornel West to lead the conversation on healing and social justice,” said Dr. Moore. 

A conversation with Dr. Cornel West and Rick Najera will take place via Zoom on Thursday, January 28 at 4 p.m. PST. Registration is required. The registration link can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/DrWestJan28

About Cañada College:

For more than 50 years, Cañada College has provided enriching and life-changing educational opportunities for the residents of San Mateo County. With the support and guidance from award-winning faculty and staff, residents can pursue certificates and degrees for career training or to serve as a transfer gateway to four-year colleges and universities. Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Cañada College offers hundreds of day, evening, and weekend courses in more than 40 quality instructional programs, including sciences, business, multi-media, medical assisting, the arts, and technical training. The College also provides extensive basic skills training and innovative student support services in counseling, orientation, certificate and degree planning, transfer assistance, and tutoring. Begin your Cañada College experience by visiting canadacollege.edu.

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