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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 focuses on a different area.

Our second year of the NEWLAMP program focuses on Mesoamerican, Latin American, and Latinx Social and Political Philosophy and will be hosted by Rutgers University.

The inaugural year of NEWLAMP focused on African and Africana Social and Political Philosophy. Our experts included:

  • Chike Jeffers (Dalhousie University)
  • V. Denise James (University of Dayton)
  • Lucius Turner Outlaw (Vanderbilt University)


  • American Philosophical Association
  • New England Humanities Consortium
  • Marc Sanders Foundation
  • Northeastern University, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Northeastern University Ethics Institute
  • Northeastern University Humanities Center
  • Rutgers University
  • Wellesley College
  • Harvard University