Nimi Wariboko: The Future of Du Bois

Humanities Forum and Social Sciences Forum — 41st Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:00 p.m.
University Center Ballroom

Nimi Wariboko

Nimi Wariboko, Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics in the School of Theology and Chair of the Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics Department, Boston University; and the Katherine B. Stuart Professor of Christian Ethics, Andover Newton Theological School, will speak on “The Future of Du Bois: Consciousness, Citizenship, and Epistemology in Africa.”

This lecture aims to bring Du Bois’s rich and complex concept of consciousness to the study of citizenship and epistemology in Africa. Dr. Wariboko examines Du Bois’s concept of double consciousness, relates it to contemporary citizenship in Africa, and uncovers the logic of triple consciousness that now defines political identity on the continent. The lecture will also demonstrate how these logics of consciousness generate, undergird, or interact with emerging epistemologies in the African public square. If the past of Du Boisian thought is double consciousness, and its present is triple consciousness, then the future is triple epistemology, focusing on the role forms of consciousness play in matters of citizenship, political deliberation, inquiry, and understanding in Africa.

Nimi Wariboko, Ph.D., is Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics, Boston University School of Theology; Katherine B. Stuart Professor of Christian Ethics, Andover Newton Seminary, Yale Divinity School; and Chair, Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics Department, Boston University. He is author and co-editor of several books, including Global Exchanges, Migrations, Exchanges and Connections; The Collected Essays of Ogbu Uke Kalu, Volume 1, co-edited with Wilhelmina Kalu and Toyin Falola (Africa World Press, 2010); The Charismatic City and the Public Resurgence of Religion: A Pentecostal Social Ethics of Cosmopolitan Urban Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); and most recently, Ethics and Society in Nigeria: Identity, History and Political Theory (University of Rochester Press, 2019). Among his many awards, Dr. Wariboko is the recipient of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN-USA) Award for Excellence and Distinction in Academics; The Ali Mazrui Award for Scholarship and Research Excellence; and the Trinity Theological Seminary, Accra-Legon, Ghana Seminary Medal of Honor, 2015. In 2018, he was elected to the American Theological Society, whose membership includes renowned theologians, philosophers, and ethicists.


Admission is free. A book signing will follow the program.


Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies; Office of the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; the Center for Social Science Scholarship; the Dresher Center for the Humanities; Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation; and the Department of Philosophy.


UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. If you would like to request accommodations (e.g., ASL interpreters, captioning, wheelchair access, etc.) for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make arrangements for program access. Please contact us at socialscience@umbc.edu with your specific request and be sure to include the event title, date, and time.

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