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Biever lecture focuses on indigenous forms of thinking and doing

February 4, 2011

Walter Mignolo, Ph.D., the William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature at Duke University, will give a lecture at Loyola University New Orleans, "Decolonial Thinking and Doing in Abya Yala and Latin America," on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The talk will address how local and indigenous ways of thinking can shape more just alternatives for education, economy, and sociopolitical organization. "Abya Yala" is a phrase taken from the Kuna language of Panama and Colombia meaning “continent of life.” Many scholars and activists use this term to refer to the Americas.

In addition to being a literature professor, Mignolo also has appointments in cultural anthropology and romance studies. He received his doctorate from the École des Hautes Etudes, Paris. He has previously taught at the University of Toulouse, Indiana University and the University of Michigan. He has been published extensively on semiotics and literary theory, and in past years has worked on different aspects of the modern and colonial world.

Mignolo’s presentation is sponsored by The Biever Guest Lecture Series, The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Loyola’s College of Humanities and Natural Sciences.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-865-2074.

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