March 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Seattle School
2501 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
Workshop & Evening Event, Students/Alumni $125 | Workshop & Evening Event, Regular Registration $175 | Evening Event Only, Students/Alumni $25 | Evening Event Only, Regular Registration $45
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. The series kicks off with a workshop, Love as Prophetic Witness, from 4:00-6:00pm. You can learn more and register for that event here.
Then, from 7:00-8:30pm, Seattle School alumnus Tom Ryan (MDiv ‘07) will join Dr. West for Art as Resistance to explore the music that both roots and ignites Dr. West’s presence in the world. Dr. West says, “I’m a blues man in the life of the mind. I’m a jazz man in the world of ideas.” Guided by Tom’s skill as an interviewer and drawing from the traditions of the blues, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, soul, and classical, we’ll listen with Dr. West as we consider these voices, hear how music fuels Dr. West’s resiliency to courageously carry on his prophetic call, and reimagine together our invitation to participate in the song.
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.
Tom Ryan graduated from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in 2007 with a Masters of Divinity. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Religious Studies at the University of Denver, where he is working with the thought of Kierkegaard and Lacan. Tom is Executive Editor at The Other Journal and an instructor at Bellevue College. He resides in Seattle with his two children, Asher and Ainsley.