Cornel West

Renowned philosopher and social commentator spoke at the Ferguson Auditorium on Wednesday morning as part of the Sam Rayburn Speaker series at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The Sam Rayburn Speaker Series saw its next guest roll into Commerce on Wednesday morning, as Dr. Cornel West spoke in front of a packed house at the Ferguson Auditorium on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The full crowd included many university faculty and administrators and a large number of high school students also were in attendance.

West is a world-renowned philosopher and social commentator. Harvard and Princeton educated, West has been very active on the social and political front, speaking out for racial issues and pushing for equality throughout the country. West draws intellectual contributions from multiple traditions, including Christianity, the black church, Marxism, neopragmatism, and transcendentalism. He has also penned several written works, such as “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters.”

West, who has appeared on multiple national outlets to speak on important social issues, spoke long about the importance of love and the soul, and how it impacts our interactions with one another. West brought up important talking points regarding the state of racial issues in America, and how to bring about equality.

“The soul is one of the things that makes us human,” West said. “Without soul, there is no love.”

Cornel West appeared as a part of the Sam Rayburn Speaker Series sponsored by the office of the president of A&M-Commerce. The next speaker in the series will be Dr. Jeremy Adelmam, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and Director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University. The event will take place on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in conference rooms A and B in the Sam Rayburn Student Center.