In this AEI Events Podcast, Princeton Professors Robert P. George and Cornel West discuss their close friendship that thrives despite their deep political disagreements—a surprising message in a politically polarized culture. Their lively conversation with Ramesh Ponnuru—who was their student at Princeton—seeks to answer one question: What is the purpose of a liberal arts education?

West and George have spent the past several years teaching and lecturing together to accomplish a common goal: the provision of a true liberal arts education to their students. Through their courses and their friendship, they have served as examples of how, when two knowledgeable and principled individuals come together in an honest and nonadversarial pursuit of truth, the competition of ideas deepens their own understanding of that truth.

This conversation took place on November 30, 2016.

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    I was one of the first and one of the very few Caucasian Race relations Officers in the USAF when that function was created by Nixon. I do not recall when I first encountered Cornel West but given where I was coming from I wanted to really like him. However, all the early encounters were in political context and I found him to be vapid, vacuous, incomprehensible at times, misinformed— and just wrong…..This interview was the first time I actually enjoyed him and his presentation! Mirabile dictu!

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