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West to deliver Dodd Lecture Feb. 26(Released: 2/23/96)(Reminder advisory to journalists

by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Philosopher Cornel West, author of Race Matters, will lecture at the University of Connecticut on Monday, Feb. 26 in observance of Black History Month.

West, a professor of religion and Afro-American Studies at Harvard University, will speak at 7 p.m. in von der Mehden Recital Hall.

West will deliver the first Dodd Lecture of 1996. The Dodd Lecturers are part of the University's observance of Fifty Years After Nuremberg: Human Rights and the Rule of Law, which began with the dedication of the Thomas J.Dodd Research Center i n October, 1995. The first Dodd Lecturer was Madeleine Albright, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who spoke on human rights and diplomacy in a lecturer Oct. 17, 1995.

One of this country s most eloquent and provocative speakers, West seeks to promote a greater appreciation for the kind of perceptions that African-Americans bring to their status and condition in this society, said Ronald Taylor, director of the Institute for African-American Studies.

Reporters will have an opportunity to speak to West before his lecture. He will hold a press briefing at 6:30 p.m. in von der Mehden Recital Hall.