2017 Alumni Lecture Series with Dr. Cornel West: Love as Prophetic Witness


March 17, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


The Seattle School
2501 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA 98121


Workshop & Evening Event: Students/Alumni $125 | Workshop & Evening Event: Regular Registration $175 | Workshop Only: Regular Registration $140


Katie Metzger

The Seattle School will host the fourth annual Alumni Lecture Series with Dr. Cornel West on Friday, March 17. The Office of Students & Alumni established the Alumni Lecture Series in 2014 in honor of our alumni, those who missionally extend The Seattle School beyond the walls of 2501 Elliott Avenue as they seek to live out their callings in the communities they love and serve. Each year, alumni host an artist whose body of work offers a taste of hope and, therefore, a call to us all. This year we are partnering with The Well to host Dr. Cornel West as our featured artist.

Friday, March 17, from 4:00-6:00pm, the Office of Students & Alumni and The Well will host a workshop with Dr. Cornel West for advocates and ministers entitled Love as Prophetic Witness. Based on his experience as a scholar and an activist, and rooted in theological and historical contexts, Dr. West will draw from the wisdom of the past for our current situation. Dr. West will be leading us to consider perseverance, effective and joyful activism, and justice: “what love looks like in public.” There will be time and space to gather with others to wrestle with this material, listen for what emerges between us, and then bring our conversations into dialogue with Dr. West.

To preserve the intimate and collaborative nature of this workshop, registration will be capped at 40 participants.

The Alumni Lecture Series will continue from 7:00-8:30pm with Art as Resistance. Learn more about that event here.


Dr. Cornel West is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Dr. West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written 20 books, including Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at 19th and 20th-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. Dr. West has also made three spoken word albums and has collaborated with artists such as Terence Blanchard, Bootsy Collins, Raheem DeVaughn, Gerald Levert, Prince, and Jill Scott. Dr. West remains fiercely committed to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—inviting people from all walks of life to tell the truth and to bear witness to love and justice.

The Well is a series of intentional communities centered on Sabbath practice and principles. We, in part, express those by hosting public engagements that explore the mind, body, spirit, community, and world. We offer intimate space for big conversation believing that generous conversation over time can help create a more just and compassionate society. Reverend Katie M Ladd is pastor of Queen Anne UMC and founder, pastor, and director of The Well. She believes simple neighborliness and a commitment to Sabbath could end most of the world’s ills!

The workshop is sold out. Please email events@theseattleschool.edu to be added to the waiting list. 

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