Cornel West, prolific left-wing activist, author and public intellectual, delivered a talk to an excited Athenaeum audience on Mar. 23. CMC philosophy professor Briana Toole facilitated the talk. West’s talk addressed ways to remedy our callous, nihilistic attitude that has taken shape in the years since his influential book Race Matters was published in 1993. He addressed topical concerns such as depression amongst college students, as well as a plethora of universal themes such as the paramount value of art and the importance of community.