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Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy Cornel R. West ’74 will return to teaching African and African American Studies 10: “Introduction to African American Studies” this semester after 18 years away from the course.

West, who returned to Harvard in 2017 after a nearly 14-year break spent teaching at Princeton University, last taught the course in 2000. In recent years, African and African-American Studies Professors Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lawrence D. Bobo have led the course, but Bobo’s promotion to divisional dean of Social Science last fall forced the course to restructure, opening up the opportunity for West to teach it once again.

West said he is excited to able to teach the course after years away, calling the experience of teaching it a “blessing.”