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    African and Africana Worlds Explored at Duquesne Phenomenology Symposium

    Duquesne University's Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center will hold its 32nd annual symposium, Phenomenology and the African and Africana Worlds, on Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Africa Room of the Union.

    The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will explore phenomenology in Africa and the Diaspora-its challenges, its possibilities and its insights.

    Some of the most interesting and challenging phenomenology work, which explores psychology and the human experience,  is being done by African and Africana thinkers, philosophers, cultural theorists, psychologists and theologians, said Dr. Jeffrey McCurry, director of the Silverman center and organizer of the event.

    "Phenomenology," he explained, "is about gaining a greater understanding of the human experience but much of phenomenology has focused on the experience of people of European descent from the North Atlantic world."

    This symposium opens phenomenology to the range of global realities and possibilities associated with the human experience.

    Featured presenters and their topics are:

    •  Elias Bongmba, professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, Phenomenology of the Face: African Perspectives
    • Kathryn T. Gines, assistant professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University, Black Looks: Objectification, Subjectivity and 'Looking Back'
    • Valentin Y. Mudimbe, the Newman Ivey White Professor of Literature at Duke University, Phenomenology and an African Practice: A Testimony
    • Tsenay Serequeberhan, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University, Continental and African Philosophy: A Thematic Encounter.

    The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is requested and can be completed through the website, or by emailing

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