Public Programs in Leyburn

Each presentation will take place in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.   Descriptions are taken from the University’s Calendar.


Beyond America: Maya Angelou, Malcolm X and West Africa in the Civil Rights Era, 1960-1966

Speaker: T.J. Tallie Jr., Assistant Professor of African History

Tuesday 20 January, 12:20 PM – 1:20 pm

While the struggle for African-American civil rights intensified in the United States during the 1960s, the movement was not merely a national one. Civil rights activists including Julian Mayfield, Maya Angelou and Malcolm X all looked to the newly independent African nation of Ghana as a model for a stable, self-sufficient black country. Under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah, the country’s first prime minister, Ghana provided a unique and inspirational space for African-Americans wishing to escape American racism and imagine a different future. Food will be provided.


The Other’s Religion: How Medieval Jews Imagined Hinduism

Speaker:  Richard Marks, Jessie Ball duPont Professor of Religion

Tuesday 20 January,  4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

In his Jessie Ball duPont Professor of Religion Lecture, Professor Marks will analyze views of Hinduism held by four medieval Jewish authors. These views reflect ideas circulating in the Muslim culture in which they lived, biblical concepts of history, Aristotelian science and philosophy, and each author’s own perception and purposes. The lecture raises questions about what “religion” is and how we go about comparing other people’s religions with our own.


Procreation and Parental Responsibility: The Case of Disadvantaged Black Men

Speaker:  Tommie Shelby, Professor of African-American Studies and Philosophy, Harvard University

Wednesday 21 January,  4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Professor Shelby will deliver a Mudd Center lecture entitled, “Procreation and Parental Responsibility: The Case of Disadvantaged Black Men.”

Tommie Shelby holds a joint appointment with the Department of African and African American Studies and Philosophy at Harvard University. He received his B.A. from Florida A & M University (1990) and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh (1998). Prior to coming to Harvard in 2000, he taught philosophy at Ohio State University (1996-2000). His main areas of research and teaching are African American philosophy, social and political philosophy, social theory (especially Marxist theory), and philosophy of social science.   Professor Shelby is the author of We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity (Harvard, 2005) and co-editor (with Derrick Darby) of Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason (Open Court, 2005).   He is also the co-editor of the journal Transition.