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Interim Dean's Biography

Segun Gbadegesin received the B.Sc. degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Ife in 1974 and in 1980 he received the Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has taught at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife Nigeria, where he also served as head of department and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts between 1986 and 1989. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin from 1989 to 1990, and Colgate University, from 1990 to 1992. Dr. Gbadegesin joined the department of Philosophy at Howard University in 1992 as Professor and Chairman until 2001. In that role, he organized a number of national conferences in 1993 (on Bioethics and Culture), in1994 (on Ethics, Higher Education and Social Responsibility) in 1995 (on Higher Education and Leadership), in 1998 (on Philosophy and Race), in 1999 (on Race and Gender) and in 2000 (0n Relativism), in 2003 (on Cross-cultural dialogue in philosophy). He was Visiting Scholar in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health in academic year 2001-2002. From July 2010 he served as Associate Dean for the Division of Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, Howard University until his appointment as Interim Dean of the College on July 1, 2012.

Some of Gbadegesin’s recent publications include “Theism and African Religions”, forthcoming in Routledge Companion to Theism edited by Charles Taliaferro, Victoria Harrison and Steward Goetz; “Obafemi Awolowo and the Golden Era of the Yoruba” in AWO: On the Trail of a Titan: Essays in Celebration of the Obafemi Awolowo Centennial edited by David O. Oke, Olatunji Dare, Adebayo Williams and Femi Akinola Lagos: The Obafemi Awolowo Foundation (2009) pp. 57-74;“Culture and Bioethics” in Helga Kuhse and Peter Singer, A Companion to Bioethics (second edition) Oxford, Blackwell (2008), pp.24-35; “The Moral Weight of Culture in Ethics”, in Lawrence Prograis Jr. and Edmund D. Pellegrino (eds.) African American Bioethics: Culture, Race, and Identity Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2007 pp. 25-46;“Nationalism and Democracy” in The Humanities, Nationalism and Democracy edited by Sola Akinrinade, Dipo Fashina and David Ogungbile Ile-Ife, Nigeria: Faculty of Arts Obafemi Awolowo University (2006) pp.1-36; “Who is my Fellow-Citizen? The Challenge of Citizenship in a Multinational State” in Segun Gbadegesin (ed.) The Imperative of Cultural Democracy in Nigeria: Reflections from the Yoruba Diaspora Pinnacle Publications, (2005) pp 24-48; “Toward a Theory of Destiny” in Kwasi Wiredu ed., A Companion to African Philosophy Blackwell Publishing (2004) pp. 313-323 “Origins of African Ethics” in William Schweiker (ed.) The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics (2004), “Values, Imperatives and the Imperative of Democratic Values” in Leonard Harris ed., The Critical Pragmatism of Alain Locke (Rowman and Littlefield, pp.277-290 (1999) “Genetic Screening, Sickle cell Anemia and the African and African-American Perspectives: The Ethics of Screening and Counseling” in Genetic Knowledge: Human Values and Responsibility edited by Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley, Lexington: ICUS pp.183-196 (1998), “Bioethics and Cultural Diversity” in A Companion to Bioethics edited by Helga Kuhse and Peter Singer, Oxford: Blackwell pp24-31(1997), Ethics, Higher Education and Social Responsibility Washington, DC: Howard University Press (edited with Joyce Ladner 1996), and African Philosophy (New York: Lang Publishing, 1991). He is currently working on a book manuscript on Africa in Global Bioethics. He has presented papers at various institutions and professional conferences.

Dr. Segun Gbadegesin
Interim Dean

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