Monday, October 27, 5-6:30 pm.
DARC room 108, UCSC
As a philosopher, Dr. Wingo argues that closer attention to Africans' capacity for originality yields useful insights into her 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. His work in aesthetics, the environment, and transformative education (TEF) are the foundations for various collaborations with Barbara Benish, SPARC Fellow (Social Public Art Research Center).