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Romand Coles and Walter Mignolo initiated this three-year project as an outcome of the seminar, “Race, Religion, and Globalization.” The project involves a core group of Duke faculty and graduate students interested in exploring the links between knowledge, morality, and social transformation.

The first year was devoted to discussion based on the current research of its own members plus three guest scholars: Irish Young, a political scientist from the University of Chicago; Paula Moya, a professor of English and Latino/as Studies at Stanford University; and Tariq Ali, an intellectual and activist who writes for the New Left Review in London.

The year 2002-2003 is being devoted to “Human Rights, Ethics, and Critical Cosmopolitanism.” Visitors included: Portuguese sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Coimbra, Portugal; Catherine Walsh, a professor and activist from the Universidad Andina, Quito, Ecuador; and Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze, a Nigerian philosopher who teaches at Loyola University in Chicago.

At the end of the third year (2004), the group will launch a full-scale conference on the moral, political, and intellectual concerns they have raised in the workshop.

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