Cornel West, one of the leading figures in African-American studies (and also a controversial figure), will return to teaching at Harvard University, The New York Times reported. West left a Harvard position 14 years ago amid a series of disputes with Lawrence Summers, then president of the university. He went from Harvard to Princeton University, and then to the Union Theological Seminary. He currently has emeritus status at both institutions. Upon his return to Harvard, West will hold a joint appointment in the African and African-American studies program and at the Harvard Divinity School.
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