Severance Great Hall is the location of a talk by noted scholar in the history of philosophy and Islamic thought, Souleymane Bachir Diagne. Diagne is Professor of French at Columbia University and will deliver a lecture entitled: "What is African Philosophy? The Discussion of Orality and Islamic Thought in Francophone Africa." Diagne's visit coincides with the introduction of a new religion department course entitled "Islamic Africa" in which students will have the opportunity to engage this scholar on his cutting-edge research in the literatures and cultures of the Muslim Sahel.
In addition to being the author of numerous critically-acclaimed works on topics ranging from the writings of Leopold Senghor to the Arabic manuscripts of Timbuktu, Diagne is also the parent of a member of Carleton's class of 2012.
This event is sponsored by the Religion, Philosophy, French, AF/AFAM Departments and the Dean of the College Office.