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Flyer with image of Dr. Cornel West for January 28 2021 4:00 p.m. speaking engagement

ON JANUARY 28, 2021 

As part of its ongoing commitment to celebrate diversity and inclusion, Cañada College will host an important conversation with Latino Thought Maker's Rick Najera featuring renowned speaker, author and Harvard scholar, Dr. Cornel West. The event, discussing the shared history of African American & Latinx Communities, will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 4 p.m. PST via Zoom. Event registration is required.  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. 

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CORA Flyer for January 14th 5:30 p.m. webinar showing image of noose hung near the capoitol building during January 6 2021 insurrection.

"Insurrection at the Capitol: Justice and Reconciliation on our Campuses and in our Nation"
From the Center for Organizational Research and Education (CORA)

From Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 5:30 p.m. (Pacific)


The events of January 6, 2021 rattled the nation to its core as thousands stormed the Capitol in a planned attempt to unturn the results of a democratic election and to siege elected officials. In the wake of this insurrection, the nation’s college and university leaders are contemplating how to respond. The extreme ideologies that led to the insurrection at the capitol are reflective of radicalized ideological and theological perspectives that are evident in larger society and on college campuses. Within this context, this webinar will examine the viewpoints and perspectives that led to the insurrection at the Capitol. The speakers will also offer recommendations for college and university leaders on how to advocate for justice and reconciliation in on our campuses and in our nation.

Featured Speakers: Lasana Hotep, Frank Harris III, and J. Luke Wood



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