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Jan 12, 2015

Our Next Visiting Speaker January 30

Dr. Anthony Neal, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Paine College, will our next visiting speaker. He will be presenting a talk entitled "From DuBois to Newton" on Friday, January 30 from 1:30-3:30 in McCain Hall, Room 185. This talk is co-sponsored by the African-American Studies Program. The University's News Bureau has posted a story about the event here. Dr. Neal's abstract is as follows:

"This presentation will explore the philosophical framework that sustained the modern era of the African American Freedom Struggle (1896-1975). In 1896, the dissertation of W.E.B. Du Bois was published initiating a modern era of individuals who would concentrate much of their scholarly production toward the examination of human “beingness” through the lens of blackness with the intended purpose of creating a better lived experience. Much of this scholarly output forms the foundation of an ethnic reflective canon that is useful in understanding the differences between the constructive philosophies which have developed within the departments of Black Studies (African American, Africana, Africana Women, Afro-American, and Africology) and those that develop within departments of philosophy. The significance of this ethnic reflective canon has many implications, but for the purpose of this presentation, the significance is twofold: It demonstrates an intentional effort among some black scholars of the modern era to participate in the movement for black freedom through the creation of ideas and scholarly output. Secondly, it demonstrates that beginning with W.E.B. Du Bois, a school of thought developed which was constructive in purpose and also countered, not corrected traditional studies, contributing to the genesis of new departments. This genesis will be shown to add to the American Academy."

We hope to see you there!

Document: Neal.pdf

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