Black Faculty Speaker Series: Ibrahim Thiaw
The Black Faculty Speaker Series will create a campus culture in which Black thought, experience, and creativity are visible and vital. Each visiting speaker provides a unique voice and perspective on Black futurity.
Afrofuturism is this year’s theme for the Black Faculty Speaker Series. It is an orientation or a way of thinking that defies simple classification. It is expansive, interdisciplinary, and revolutionary beyond conventional notions of resistance. Afrofuturism's practitioners blend imagination, research, experimentation and Black ancestral knowledge to invent worlds that transcend our present condition and fuel new possibilities for a more just and sustainable planet.
This event's speaker is Ibrahim Thiaw, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United National Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and brings 40 years of experience in sustainable development, environmental governance, and natural resources management.