Past Event

Africa and Africanity Lecture Series; Identity and Equity In Africa: Religious and Ideological Perspectives

October 30, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Online Event

Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi invites you to a live Webinar Lecture Series on 'Identity and Equity in Africa'.

We, humans, are relatives of one another, and we are relatives with the rest of Creation. This Lecture on Identity and Equity is grounded on the view, that we humans are brothers and sisters, whoever we happen to be, wherever we happen to live, wherever we happen to have come from, and whatever our means of livelihood. Among the primates, we humans have the greatest brain capacity. We use it for both self-enhancement and also self-annihilation. Despite their big brains, their limbs are too weak and small in contrast with the herbivores and carnivores on land, and the big fish in the oceans. To survive, humans invented Culture, through which to regulate the conduct of all sectors of human identity. Humans have manipulated and annihilated each other. Civilizations have risen and fallen through internal decay and also through conquest by invaders. Humans have destroyed their habitat with disastrous consequences. Migrations have often resulted from the destruction of habitats at home. Humans leave their artifacts behind as they migrate. Archeologists have given us insights into our past civilizations and migrations reminding us how closely related we are.

Moderator Bio

Prof. Jesse N.K. Mugambi,

Professor Jesse N.K. Mugambi – Alumnus of the University of Nairobi – is a member of academic staff since 1976 in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. On Leave of Absence he taught at other universities– including 1990-91 at Rice University, Houston, Texas, as Visiting Mellon Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religion. Among other responsibilities he has been Resource Person for the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) since 1974; World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) since 1974; and World Council of Churches (WCC) since 1975. His professional training is in Education and Communication; and his academic specializations include Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies. He rose through the ranks to full professorship in 1993. In the University of Nairobi Administration he  served as Chairman of Department (1986-90); Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts (1990); Academic Registrar (1990-94). On Leave of Absence he taught at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis (1982-83; Guest Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (1997); Visiting Professor at Emmanuel College, Toronto, Canada (1999); Visiting Professor at the University of South Africa, Pretoria (2000). He also served as Director of Starehe Boys Centre, Nairobi (2007-2008), on Leave of Absence from the University of Nairobi.

His works (as author/co-author and as editor/co-editor) include African Religious Heritage (1976); Philosophy of Religion (1988); African Christian Theology (1989); African Heritage and Contemporary Christianity (1992); Critiques of Christianity in African Literature (1992); Moral and Ethical Issues in African Christianity (1992); Christianity and African Culture (1989, 2002); A Comparative Study of Religions (1990, 2010); From Liberation to Reconstruction (1995); Religion and Social Construction of Reality (1996); Christian Theology and Environmental Responsibility (2001); Religions in Eastern Africa Under Globalization (2002); Christian Theology and Social Reconstruction (2003); Church State Relations (2004); Responsible Leadership: Global and Contextual Ethical Perspectives (2009); Contextual Theology Across Cultures (2009); Applied Ethics in Religion and Culture (2012). He is a Contributor of Articles in the Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity (2010); Handbook of Theological Education in Africa (2013); Routledge Companion to Christianity in Africa (2015); T&T Clark Handbook of Theology and Climate Change (2020). The CGC Webinars addressed by Professor Mugambi are pointers to the dialectical relationship between the global and the local; religious and secular; the individual and society; the long-term and the short-term.

Respondent Bio

Prof. Mamadou Diouf

Prof. Mamadou Diouf is the Leitner Family Professor of African Studies. Director of Columbia University's Institute of African Studies.