A free, public lecture by Dr. Ajume H. Wingo, a key figure in the study of philosophy, art, creativity, social policy, and education in Africa and the U.S.
Sponsored by SPARC (Social Practice Arts Research Center at UCSC), Sociology Department, Literature Department, Art Department, and History of Art and Visual Culture Department at UCSC
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As a philosopher, Dr. Wingo argues that closer attention to Africans' capacity for originality yields useful insights into Africa's disappointing economic past and may help us understand what must be done to build a better future beyond capitalism. To this end he explores the fountainhead of human creativity and aesthetic influence on the polis.
Ajume H. Wingo was born in Nso in the North West Province of Cameroon. He obtained his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA (1995) and PhD (1997) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is currently an Associate of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard, and Associate Professor of Philosophy & Director of the Center for Values and Social Policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Professor Wingo has published widely on liberal democratic philosophy and politics, particularly on institutional building in places where there are non-liberal democratic or illegitimate political institutions. He has also published on Civic Education, African Politics, African Art, and Aesthetics. His book Veil Politics in Liberal Democratic States is published by Cambridge University Press in the Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Public Policy series.
Wingo's work in aesthetics, the environment, and transformative education (TEF) are the foundations for various collaborations with Barbara Benish, SPARC Fellow (Social Practice Art Research Center, UCSC). Her NGO in the Czech Republic, ArtDialogue, is working with the Transformative Education Forum and Dr. Wingo’s African Research and Exchange Academy in Cameroon.
Art Dialogue is a co-sponsor of this event.
The lecture is free to students and the public.