Distinguished novelists, poets, writers, philosophers, artists, performers, and other humanists come to Wellesley to read, lecture, and share their work.
Programming for the Distinguished Thinkers will take place in the drawing room of the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities, unless otherwise announced, and are free and open to the public.
Upcoming Distinguished Thinkers
Thursday, April 20th at 6:00 p.m.
Suzy Newhouse Center Lounge
Mahmood Mamdani is a Professor of Government at Columbia University and Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research. His work focuses on the intersection between politics and culture, colonialism, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, and the history and theory of human rights. He has previously taught at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, and Makerere University in Uganda. He is the recipient of the Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association and recognition from “Top 20 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy and Prospect. His works include Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism, Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Roots of Terror, and Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror.
Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:00 p.m.
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Entrance to this event requires a ticket (free of charge) - reserve yours here.
Photo Credit: Jean Malek
Recent Distinguished Thinker
“Economics and Geopolitics of the Future: What’s It Going to Take to Be Successful?”
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 5 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Dambisa Moyo, the Zambian-born global economist and author, will discuss the issues surrounding economic growth and human progress. Addressing economic growth is as essential for improving living standards for millions of people across the globe as it is for solving other significant problems we face today: radicalized terrorism, refugees and migration, inadequate health care, and corruption. As global challenges to these problems continue to mount, a pragmatic approach that abandons ideological divides will be crucial to the long-term stability of the global economy. Moyo will provide critical insights on these matters and make suggestions for real-life solutions to obstacles that hinder human prosperity.