The Hope Festival - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cornel West
Sat. May 20, 2017
Doors: 4:30 pm / Show: 5:00 pm (event ends at 6:15 pm)
Los Angeles, CA
Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. He has made three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His spoken word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard’s Choices (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best Jazz Album of the year of 2009), and most recently on Bootsy Collins’ The Funk Capital of the World. In short, Cornel West has a passion to invite a variety of people from all walks of life into his world of ideas in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.http://www.bootlegtheater.org/event/1477437/
All of the daytime Festival speakers and events are FREE, through the generosity of the Templeton Foundation.
RSVP is recommended, first come first seated. All individual events are listed on our calendar page.
Food Trucks (Falasophy and Salad Boulevard Trucks) and Bar will be open for lunch on Saturday & Sunday.
I CARRY YOUR HEART, written by Georgette Kelly, is the winner of the the Hope & Optimism Initiative’s “Hope On Stage” playwriting prize project. Running May 19 - June 10
The Hope and Optimism Project (www.hopeoptimism.com) is a $5 million, four-year initiative at Notre Dame, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. The project funds research into the theoretical empirical, and practical dimensions of hope, optimism, and related states. Directed by two philosophy professors, Andrew Chignell (Cornell and University of Penn) and Sam Newlands (Notre Dame), the project also created the “Hope on Stage” playwriting prize that in addition to a cash prize to the winner, also funds a rolling premiere of the winning play in Ithaca, NY (which performs April 28-30) and in Los Angeles, CA (May 19 - June 10). Georgette Kelly’s I CARRY YOUR HEART was chosen as the winner from almost 800 blind submissions by a panel of professional theater makers and academics. In addition to the first prize, “Hope on Stage” awarded three runner-up prizes.
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