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Northeast Workshop to Learn About Multicultural Philosophy

Most undergraduate students in North America and Europe only read and discuss “Western,” Anglo-European philosophy in their social and political philosophy courses.

The problem is not that philosophy professors are unwilling to teach traditionally underrepresented areas such as African, Latin American, Indigenous, East Asian/South Asian, and Islamic philosophy. Rather, the problem is that they are not familiar with, and so cannot competently teach, philosophical work in these areas.

The Northeast Workshop to Learn About Multicultural Philosophy (NEWLAMP) is a yearly week-long summer institute that aims to fix this problem, by inviting experts to teach philosophy teachers about a given underrepresented area, so that they can then teach it in their general undergraduate courses.

Each year, NEWLAMP will focus on a different area, starting with African/Africana philosophy at Northeastern University in Summer 2022.

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