Scholar-activist Cornel West is a prominent public intellectual, a provocative voice of radical politics. He has written twenty books, including_ Black Prophetic Fire_, held professorships at Princeton and Harvard, and currently teaches at Union Theological Seminary. He appeared in the film The Matrix has produced three spoken word albums, and appears frequently on CNN and Real Time with Bill Mahrer. _He is the recipient of more than 20 honorary degrees and an American Book Award. At the Festival, Cornel will be in conversation about the 60th anniversary edition of _The Wretched of the Earth, for which he wrote the introduction.