Valley News Recent Headlines
LVC Student Has Opportunity to Meet Civil Rights Activist Cornel West
02.26.13 |
As a philosophy, American studies, and English literature triple major, Marquis Bey ’14 has a wide array of interests. So when he had the opportunity to meet someone who embodied all of those interests, he jumped on the chance.

“I have a great relationship with Dr. [Jeff] Robbins (chair of religion and philosophy),”Bey said. “He told me about a conference he was a part of at the Union Theological Seminary at Colombia University in New York City. He asked me if I wanted to go. He knew Cornel West would be there and knowing my interests in African-American literature and theology, he thought I might be interested.”

Dr. Cornel West, a graduate of both Harvard and Princeton universities and an influential member of the civil rights movement has written nearly 20 books and is a higly regarded public intellectual. He is passionate about keeping the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. alive and Bey has read many of his works.

West was on the panel of critics for Robbin’s newest coauthored book, “Religion, Politics And The Earth: The New Materialism.” Robbins didn’t know with positivity that Bey would have an opportunity to actually meet West, but he knew Bey would enjoy being in his presence either way.

Bey thought he nearly blew his chance for either opportunity after getting lost in the city during his trip.

“When catching the subway, I headed downtown instead of uptown, causing me to be a little late,” Bey said. He was pleasantly surprised when he entered the meeting to find that they hadn’t yet started. “I guess they run on New York time and they didn’t start until 15 minutes late anyways,” Bey joked.

When the discussion ended, Robbins stood up and waved Bey over to introduce him to West. Bey reached out to shake West’s hand and he was instead greeted with a hug.

“I was on cloud nine; he called me ‘brother Marquis’,” Bey said. “He is so personable and humble even though he is so articulate, erudite, and learned.”

The best part of the experience wasn’t only meeting West, but actually networking with him.

“West came over to me and said, ‘We need to get together’ then wrote his phone number on my hand,” Bey said.

Bey plans to attend graduate school for African American literature and is interested in networking with West to gain insight on his career path.

“I want to reach his level of intelligence and scholarship. I want his advice as to what I should do to become that accomplished in something I’m really interested in,” Bey said.

“I’ll never be Cornel West, nor would I ever try to be, but I can strive to be the best that I can be,” Bey concluded.


04.24.14
Food Sustainability Meets Culture: Take-Home Boxes Come to Perugia, Italy
View Full Story

04.23.14
Just a Field Trip: Daniel Thompson ’17 Changing Lives on a Global Scale
View Full Story

04.22.14
"No Text Zone" Launch Event April 22 at Lebanon Valley College
View Full Story

04.22.14
Surprise! It’s Dutchmen Day! #dutchmenday14
View Full Story

04.21.14
Lebanon Valley College Welcomes Former Baltimore Colt Joe Ehrmann for April 23 Event
View Full Story

04.18.14
Lebanon Valley College ValleyFest Presents Love and Theft in Concert April 25
View Full Story

04.17.14
Lebanon Valley College Hosts Governor Corbett and Representatives from 40 Colleges and Universities
View Full Story

04.17.14
Lebanon Valley College’s Mund College Center Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification
View Full Story

04.16.14
Lebanon Valley College Welcomes Scott Barton, Executive Chef and Culinary Consultant
View Full Story

04.16.14
Accept Your Admission Offer – Join the Class of 2018!
View Full Story

04.16.14
Digital Communications Students Give Humane Society of Lebanon County a Makeover
View Full Story

04.16.14
ValleyFest Presents Mike Stud in Concert April 26
View Full Story

04.15.14
"I Am" Part of LVC's Colloquium Film Series
View Full Story

04.14.14
When Technology Tells the Deepest Stories
View Full Story

04.11.14
The Lebanon Valley College Guitar Ensemble to Perform Concert Apr. 14
View Full Story

04.11.14
Lebanon Valley College Hosts 43rd Annual ValleyFest April 25 and 26
View Full Story