African philosophy conference set Oct. 31-Nov. 1


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A University of Louisville conference Oct. 31-Nov. 1 will focus on the work and legacy of noted African philosopher Kwasi Wiredu, who also will speak at the free, public event.

    The Ghana-born and Oxford-educated Wiredu is now distinguished university professor emeritus of philosophy at University of South Florida-Tampa, where he has taught since 1987. He has taught at universities in England and Ghana and had many visiting professorships in the United States and Nigeria. Wiredu’s published works include “Person and Community: Ghanaian Philosophical Studies,” “Cultural Universals and Particulars: An African Perspective” and “Philosophy and an African Culture.”

    Most sessions of the African philosophy conference – “Reason, Culture and Humanism: The Philosophy of Kwasi Wiredu” – will be in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium.

    “Three Sources of African Thought” will be the keynote talk by Abiola Irele, Harvard University visiting professor of African and African American studies and Romance languages and literature, at 4 p.m. Oct. 31.

    Lucius Outlaw, Vanderbilt University’s African American studies director and philosophy professor, will discuss “Kwasi Wiredu’s Personal and Philosophical Journeys” at 11:45 a.m. Nov. 1.

    Wiredu himself will share his “Philosophical Reminiscences” at 4 p.m. Nov. 1.

    For more information, contact Dismas Masolo, UofL distinguished university scholar in philosophy, at 502-852-0456 or see

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.