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Humanities in the Village (Nov.): Obamanomics and Francisconomics
November 27 @ 6:30 pm
We celebrate November’s Humanities in the Village talk with a panel on Dr. Zekeh Gbotokuma‘s new, award-winning book, Obamanomics and Francisconomics (2022). Professor Gbotokuma (Philosophy, Morgan State University) will be joined by his colleague from MSU, Dr. Linda Loubert, opening up discussion (with audience Q&A) of the international ripples of the policies and practices of these two global leaders. Anyone interested in political science, religious leadership, the morality of economics, or the history of our own times will be sure to enjoy this far-ranging discussion.
Join us at Bird in Hand Cafe (address below) at 6:30pm for another terrific gathering!
Register (optional) here. All are welcome.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Dr. Zekeh Gbotokuma is a globetrotter, polyglot (Ngbaka, Lingala, French, English, Italian, German, and some Spanish), Lexicographer, and a Congolese-American who refers to himself as a cosmocitizen. He earned a Doctorate in Philosophy from Gregorian University, a post-doctoral Diploma in International Studies from the Italian Society for International Organization, a BA in Theology from Pontifical Urban University, all in Rome, Italy. He also holds several Certificates (English as Foreign Language from St. Luke’s Priory, Wincanton, UK; Certificate in French from the Institut d’Etudes Françaises de Touraine, Tours, France; Certificate in Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German as Foreign Language), from Goethe Institute Boppard, Germany; and a Certificate in African Studies from Yale University’s PIER-African Studies. After twelve years of education and work in Europe, he is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland (USA), and the founding President of Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc. (PAD). He is the former Director of the Center for Global Studies at MSU. His “extraordinary commitment to global learning and international understanding” made him the recipient of the prestigious Dr. Sandye Jean McIntyre, II International Award 2008. He is also one of Afrimpact Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People Awards 2017 and 2021 recipients. He is the author of numerous multilingual publications (written in English, French, Italian, and Lingala), including, among others, DEMOCRACY AND DEMOGRAPHICS IN THE USA (2020). A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingala, English, French, and Italian (2016); Global Safari: Checking In and Checking Out in Pursuit of World Wisdoms, the American Dream, and Cosmocitizenship (2015); A Pan-African Encyclopedia (2003), and the International Literary award-winning book, OBAMANOMICS AND FRANCISCONOMICS: A Call for Poverty Alleviation, Fairness, and Welfare (Europe Books 2022).
Dr. Linda Loubert is a Political Economist with a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Morgan State University. Dr. Loubert is a certified Geographical Information Systems (GIS) professional and has used GIS for more than 20 years to support her spatial analysis of socioeconomic data. She has published numerous articles that include spatial analysis of socioeconomic data, an approach now better known as Geodemographics. She especially enjoys bringing trending GIS tools to the classroom, where her students majoring in Economics learn the value of this emerging technology for economists. She is currently studying how AI can be added to her curriculum as an additional tool for understanding how equity is lost.