The philosophy of re-education

By Jirou Williams, Contributing Writer

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Students in an African Philosophy class met with classmates, professors, and faculty members to discuss social issues Nov. 8, 2005. Central State junior Roberto Farrar hosted the “pre-conference” meeting in advance of an African Philosophy conference scheduled for Nov. 30.

Philosophy students hosted a similar meeting in spring quarter of last year. The students published a book, “looking back to move forward,” at the end of that conference. This year students are working on another publication, which will include a variety of writings and some artwork.

Albert G. Mosley, author of “African Philosophy,” as well as other African philosophers and theorists inspired many of the students’ essays. Mosley’s text deals with the nature of African and African American people. For the past six centuries or so, Africans have interacted with Europeans and that has played a big part in molding the modern concept of the African. Mosley’s writings also critique the psyche and culture of Africans.

“Not only do we want to re-educate the miseducated, but we want to educate people in general,” Roberto Farrar said. “The goal of this organization is not to force our views onto others, but we want people to think critically about important issues.”

The students are dealing with African American cultural issues, and race is just one focus of the conference. Students discuss a number of issues such as social relations, leadership, morality, education, art, health, religion, and expression.

The African Philosophy Conference will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2005, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Stokes Center. Everyone is welcome to attend


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