“The Tight Rope” is an intellectually riveting audio-visual podcast featuring co-hosts Dr. Cornel West and professor Tricia Rose. Dr. West often famously remarks, “I’m a Bluesman in the life of the mind, and a jazzman in the world of ideas.” It is in this spirit of navigating the balance between hope and uncertainty in order to live a present, improvisational, and joyful life that we invite you to join Dr. West and professor Rose on “The Tight Rope.” Dr. Cornel West is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University. Professor Tricia Rose is director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.

In unfiltered conversations with their esteemed guests, the co-hosts provide context, feedback, and guidance, helping us to adjust our moral compasses and find equilibrium in this tumultuous world. This podcast highlights the professors’ combined expertise to encourage critical thinking, self-reflection, and human connection through joy and laughter as we find our footing on “The Tight Rope.”

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Latest Episode

Haki Madhubuti Pt. 2: Liberation Narratives

Haki Madhubuti and the professors continue their conversation answering the question: “How can we best pass on the legacy of institution building?”

Recent episodes

Haki Madhubuti Pt. 1: Taught By Women

This week, Dr. Haki Madhubuti joins the professors for a conversation about his body of work and how he was, as one of his books is entitled, “Taught By Women.”

The Tight Rope Celebrates Women’s History Month

As Women’s History Month comes to a close and Black Women’s History Month begins, we revisit some of our favorite moments with the powerful women we’ve had on “The Tight Rope.”

Cornel West: Goodbye, Harvard; hello, Union Theological

In a special edition of The Tight Rope, Dr. Cornel West provides closing thoughts on his “ridiculous situation at Harvard” with respect to his being denied tenure at the institution. Join Dr. West and Professor Tricia Rose as they discuss the finality of Dr. West’s decision to leave Harvard and return “home” to Union Theological…

Lorraine Hansberry and Gwendolyn Brooks: Darlings of the white liberal establishment?

On the 62nd anniversary of the Broadway premiere of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” Dr. West and Professor Rose reflect on the Black literary tradition as they focus on the legacies of Lorraine Hansberry and Gwendolyn Brooks as revolutionaries and exemplars who are often misunderstood as the “darlings of the white liberal establishment.”


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