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February 2021

The Humanities Institute Presents Ajume Wingo

February 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join via Zoom:  In the Shade of Power: The Power to the Powerless Dr. AJUME H. WINGO is an Associate Professor of Political Philosophy; Associate Director of the Center for Values and Social Policies; and the Director of the Law and Philosophy Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He hails from Cameroon. He attended the Cameroon College of Arts, Science and Technology where he studied Economics, Geography and History. He also attended the University of Yaounde, Cameroon…

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The Humanities Institute Presents Miri Albahari

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join via Zoom: Miri Albahari discusses the foundations of Buddhist teaching and their philosophical implications. Dr Miri Albahari is a Philosophy Lecturer at the University of Western Australia and is the author of Analytical Buddhism: The Two-Tiered Illusion of Self. The book was converted from a Ph.D thesis that was supervised by John A. Baker at the University of Calgary. Miri teaches comparative philosophy and is building a novel consciousness-based metaphysical system for what Aldous Huxley referred to as…

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March 2021

The Humanities Institute presents Lisa Reihana and Matua Rereata Makiha

March 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join via Zoom Cultural Technologies in Māori Contexts Lisa Reihana (Ngāpuhi, Ngātihine, Ngāi Tu) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice spans film, sculpture, costume and body adornment, text and photography. Since the 1990s Reihana has significantly influenced the development of contemporary art and contemporary Māori art in Aotearoa New Zealand. She has earned an outstanding reputation as an artist and producer where her attention to the complexities of contemporary photographic and cinema languages is expressed in myriad ways. Her…

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The Humanities Institute presents Nkiru Nzegwu

March 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join via Zoom: Ọkụ Extenders: Women, Sacrality, and Transformative Art Nkiru Nzegwu is SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Africana Studies and in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at State University of New York at Binghamton. She is also Professor Extraordinarius in the School of Transdisciplinary Research and Graduate Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA). She is the founder of Africa Knowledge Project ( and Africa Resource Center, Inc. ( She is author of Family Matters:…

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The Humanities Institute Presents Parimal Patil

March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join via Zoom: Belief, Desire, and Moral Motivation in the Philosopher's Stone Parimal Patil is currently Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy at Harvard University, where he has been teaching since receiving his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2002. His primary academic interests are in the history of philosophy in India. Although his philosophical interests are quite broad, he has focused on Buddhist philosophy in India, the Old and New Epistemologists, and Indian traditions of physicalism and…

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April 2021

The Humanities Institute presents Anne Waters

April 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join via Zoom: Where We Belong:  Life - Land - Spirit Dr. Anne S.Waters, J.D., Ph.D. Seminole, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, and Jewish descent; a CIC (Council of Independent Colleges), GPPC (Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium), NWSA (National Women Studies Association), Pergamon Press, Liberty Fund, Helen Steiner, and Rockefeller scholar; and recipient of NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) and NSF (National Science Foundation) grants. Holds J.D. (Juris Doctorate-1992) from The University of New Mexico Law School, and Ph.D. (in Philosophy-1992) from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. Physically…

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The Humanities Institute presents Chad Hansen

April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join via Zoom "Believing in Dào" Chad Hansen is Chair Professor of Chinese Philosophy, Emeritus at the University of Hong Kong. He has lived in Hong Kong off and on for almost three decades stretching back to the early 1960s. His research has focused on Chinese theory of language and logic (Language and Logic in Ancient China, 1983) and how the concepts used in understanding language and the 心xīn heart-mind informed Classical Chinese ethical discourse (A Daoist Theory of…

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May 2021

The Humanities Institute presents Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò

May 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join via Zoom: ỌMỌLÚÀBÍ: DOING ETHICS IN THE KEY OF YORÙBÁ Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò is Professor of African Political Thought and current Chair at the Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, U.S.A.  His research interests include Philosophy of Law, Social and Political Philosophy, Marxism, and African and Africana Philosophy. Táíwò is the author of Legal Naturalism: A Marxist Theory of Law (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996; Paperback 2015), (Chinese Translation, 2013); How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa…

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