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The Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series

The Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series was developed to bring the nation's leading thought leaders from various professional fields of study to Morgan State University. The Series is in keeping with Morgan's mission of serving as a leading academic resource by providing a platform for thoughtful and provocative discussions that explore the best ideas on issues that are pertinent to our students, our community, and our nation. The lectures will offer the opportunity for Q & A with the featured speakers.

Coming Up: Dr. Cornel West - October 21st

Cornel WestDr. Cornel West
Professor, Philosopher, Author, Activist
Thursday, October 21, 2021 @ 11:00 a.m.
USC Theater

Dr. Cornel West is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair at Union Theological Seminary. Dr. West teaches on the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as courses in Philosophy of Religion, African American Critical Thought, and a wide range of subjects -- including but by no means limited to, the classics, philosophy, politics, cultural theory, literature, and music.

Dr. West is the former 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 written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at nineteenth and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies.

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.



Shaun Harper
November 7, 2019 | University Student Center Theatre

Topic: Education Equity · Race and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Ed

Peter Neufeld
Co-Founder and Special Counsel, Innocence Project
September 24, 2019 | Murphy Fine Arts Center, Gilliam Concert Hall

Reverend Al Sharpton
April 11, 2019 | Murphy Fine Arts Center, Gilliam Concert Hall
Topic: Civil Rights In The Age Of Trump

The Honorable Loretta Lynch
83rd Attorney General of the United States (2015-2017)
September 24, 2018 | University Student Center Theater

Dr. Khalil Muhammad
March 29, 2018 | Morgan Business Center 
Topic: The State of African-Americans & Politics

U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond
May 1, 2017 | University Student Center 
Topic: The Important Issues Of The Day Facing Our Community And Nation

Maxine Williams (global director of diversity at Facebook)
Yolanda Mangolini (global directory of diversity and inclusion at Google)

March 29, 2017 | Morgan Business Center Center 
Topic: The Future Of Technology And The Role We As Consumers Will Play In It And Workforce Diversity

Robert M. Bell (retired chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals)
Sunny Hostin (senior legal correspondent for ABC News)
Perry Tarrant (assistant chief of police for the City of Seattle Wash., and president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives)

November 17, 2016 | University Student Center 
Topic: Policing In The Black Community

Antero Pietila
September 29, 2016 | University Student Center 
Topic: His Journey To Becoming An Accomplished Author, And Journalist, And Prolific Writer On The Politics Of Race In The United States And Other Countries

Charles Blow
September 14, 2016 | Murphy Fine Arts Center 
Topic: Gay Rights, Gender Roles, Teen Pregnancy, And The U.S. Presidential Race

Thomas L. Friedman
March 31, 2016 | University Student Center 
Topic: Big Trends Shaping The World