Educator and philosopher <b>Dr. Cornel West</b> is the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University. Known as one of Americaâ€™s most gifted, provocative, and important public intellectuals, Dr. West has won numerous awards, including the American Book Award, and has received more than 20 honorary degrees. His best-selling book Race Matters (1993), which has sold over 400,000 copies, changed the course of Americaâ€™s dialogue on race, justice, and democracy; and his book Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (2004) was a # 11 New York Times bestseller. His writings, along with his frequent lectures, have brought him widespread attention and honors.