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Samuel Imbo to present sixth annual McDonald Philosophy Lecture

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Samuel Imbo, professor of philosophy and director of the African-American studies program at Hamline University, will present the sixth annual Don and Gladys McDonald Philosophy Lecture at Bemidji State University on Thursday, March 19. The lecture, entitled “What is Wrong With Polygamy?” will be offered free to the public at 7 p.m. in Hagg-Sauer 107 on the Bemidji State campus.

Imbo’s lecture will examine the question of morality as it arises in an African context and whether rules of conduct must be formed within cultural contexts.

He will also consider the role of African philosophies on the origin and general structure of the universe and the role of oral traditions in the development of a person’s responsibility for making moral judgements and taking moral actions. These African philosophies will then be compared to Western philosophies.

Imbo, who teaches African philosophy, ethics and social, political and legal philosophy at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., has published two books on African philosophy. His research focuses on comparative philosophy, African philosophy and social and policital philosophy. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Nairobi and earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in philosophy from Purdue University.

The McDonald Philosophy Lecture is sponsored by the Bemidji State University College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Humanities and the philosophy program.

For more information, please contact the Department of Humanities at (218) 755-4355.

March 19
– 7 p.m. – Dr. Samuel Imbo, professor of philosophy and director of the African-American studies program at Hamline University, presents Bemidji State University’s sixth annual Don and Gladys McDonald Philosophy Lecture, “What is Wrong With Polygamy?” Location: Hagg-Sauer 112, BSU campus. Admission: free, open to the public. Information: Department of Humanities offices, (218) 755-4355.

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