Liberal Activist Prof Cornel West Returning to NY Theological Seminary

By the Associated Press | November 17, 2011 | 8:25 AM EST

Political activist, Dr. Cornel West, center, is taken into custody by New York City police officers at a "Stop and Frisk" policy protest in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Stephanie Keith)

NEW YORK (AP) — Ivy League activist Cornel West is returning to the Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

West tells The New York Times ( ) that he'll become a professor of philosophy and Christian practices at Union next summer.

West is a frequent TV and radio commentator. He's written 19 books, including "Race Matters."

West was an assistant professor at Union in 1977.

He departed from Harvard in 2002 after a dispute with its president. He's leaving Princeton on good terms and will remain an emeritus professor there.

He has also taught at Yale.

Union's president, the Rev. Serene Jones, is one of West's former students.

Jones says the seminary is a good place for West to combine "his scholarly commitments and his activism."


Information from: The New York Times,