Humanities Institute Explores Current Events through Global Philosophical Lens

The Scripps College Humanities Institute continues its 2020–21 public events programming with a series of virtual lectures on the theme of “A Broader History of Thought.” This semester’s discussions will cover power dynamics in African politics, Chinese Daoism, and transformative Māori art, and will feature distinguished scholars and artists from around the world, including Ajume H. Wingo, Nkiru Nzegwu, Lisa Reihana, and Rereata Makiha. The events are free and open to the public.

Each of the lectures will focus on ideas, arguments, and perspectives outside of European philosophy. “The aim is to broaden what we take to be ‘foundational’ in the history of thought,” said Director of the Humanities Institute and Professor of Philosophy Yuval Avnur. “The topics under discussion include some of humanity’s enduring questions, and by engaging with these questions, we hope to enrich our understanding of history, humanity, and the world.”

Founded in 1986, the Humanities Institute presents a thematic program each semester on a topic related to the humanities. As part of Scripps’ tradition of interdisciplinary education, this program includes lectures, conferences, exhibitions, performances, and film series that bring prominent and cutting-edge scholars to campus. Additional information about the Humanities Institute is available here.