18th Annual Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference

Economic Crisis, Education and the

Role of Philosophy for the African

American Public.

October 28 & 29, 2011

Michigan State University

MSU Student Union

East Lansing, Michigan


Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Malik Simba

Professor & Coordinator of Africana Studies at California State University-Fresno


On behalf of the planning committee for the 18th Annual

Philosophy Born Of Struggle conference at Michigan State

University, we welcome you to participate in a most

stimulating academic and exciting intellectual experience.

Today when scores of African Americans and many others

are faced with unemployment, underemployment,

homelessness, and hunger; progressive philosophy has the

particular tasks of providing critical insight and theoretical

illumination for practical struggles. This 18th annual

conference with its emphasis on economic crisis, education

and the role of philosophy for the African American public

seeks to tie the university to the needs of the African

American community. In the words of Kwame Nkrumah,

“Practice without thought is blind; thought without practice is



Dr. John H. McClendon III

The details of the program are in this pdf: ConferenceProgram[1]

3 thoughts on “18th Annual Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference

  1. Does it sound as though Kwame Nkrumah was cribbing from Einstein’s famous aphorism that “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind”?

    Other memorable Nkrumah quotations include “Abolishing political parties and the right to strike is good; jailing or deporting all my political enemies without trial is better” – OK, I may be paraphrasing that one, but you have to wonder what kind of conference unapologetically quotes the old dictator-for-life front and center in the program.

  2. More likely to be Kant, I thought have thought, who said roughly “thought without intuitions is empty; intuitions without thought are blind.”

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