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Cornel West Controversy

Harvard University Professor, theologian, and social activist Cornel West may soon be leaving his position at Harvard for Princeton University due to strained relations with Harvard's new president, Lawrence Summers. A primary source of the conflict was West's compact disc released last summer titled 'Sketches of My Culture.' Summers, who arrived on campus in October after serving as Treasury Secretary during the latter days of the Clinton administration, criticized West during one of their private conversations. Discussing the conflict during an interview with Tavis Smily, West characterizes what transpired as "an assault on his integrity." He further states "In my 26 years of teaching this is unprecedented for me... I've never been attacked or insulted in that particular way." After Summers' apology, Harvard spokesperson, Joe Wrinn stated "President Summers and Professor West had a good conversation that cleared the air and ended with a feeling of mutual respect." However, a spokesman for West revealed that West is still considering leaving Harvard but will not make a definite decision until February at the earliest. For now, West is devoting all of his focus and energy on his health. He will soon be facing prostate cancer surgery.
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January 11th, 2002
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April 7th, 2003 at 4:03pm
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April 7th, 2003 at 4:03pm
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