Cornel West leaves Harvard University after tenure position controversy

By: Teddy Grant

Activist and philosopher Cornel West announced on Monday that he would be leaving his position at Harvard University’s Divinity School after being denied a tenure position at the institution.   

West will be leaving the prestigious university to work for Union Theological Seminary in New York City. 

“Our struggle for truth & justice continues with style & smiles!” he wrote in a tweet announcing the news. 

West had been in a public spat with Harvard when the school refused to offer him tenure, a move he thinks is because of his age and support of Palestine, according to The New York Times.  

The latest departure would be West’s second from Harvard. According to the Boston Globe, he previously taught at the law school, divinity school, and Department of African and African American Studies.  

“There are wonderful people at Harvard, we know that. It has a great tradition of Du Bois and so many others, but I discovered that I can only take so much hypocrisy,” West told The Boycott Times.  

West will be rejoining Union, where he worked as a tenured professor from 2012 to 2016, The Hill reported.  

 

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