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Feb 28 Presentation on African Traditional Insights on Astronomy

Updated on February 10, 2022 - 11:06 PM CST
Posted on February 10, 2022 - 11:05 PM CST

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Please join us on 2/28/22 at Noon ET for our Black History Month Presentation

“A Curious Way to Chart the Stars: African Traditional Insights on Astronomy” 


Dr. Imani will share an anecdotal narrative about an encounter between modern Western scientists in astronomy and elders of the Dogon villages in Africa, suggesting why it is worthwhile to incorporate indigenous systems of knowledge, in this case, Africana within the processes of traditional scientific inquiry. 

*He will infuse Earth Science too.


Dr. Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani is Professor of Black Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Dr. Imani earned his BSFS in International Politics, Law, and Organization from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, an M.A. in Political Science and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida. Dr. Imani’s scholarly books and articles concentrate on Africana societies, cultures, spiritualities, and worldviews and the implication of these for the African diaspora and the world. He is a mixed methodologist and has done research in the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities relative to his areas of expertise. Dr. Imani is President and CEO of Faith4Word, a multimedia and educational consulting company. Part of the charge of that latter group is facilitating DEI program planning and implementation in public organizations. Dr. Imani currently serves as Chairperson of the DEI Workgroup at NASA and has previously worked as DEI Consultant at GLOBE Mission Earth at Tennessee State University, with the GLOBE Mission Earth Evaluation Group, and as part of the GLOBE DEI Task Force. 

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