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Toyin Falola featured in The Guardian: "Reconstructing the global academy: Falola and African scholarship"

Wed, July 26, 2017
Toyin Falola featured in The Guardian:
Prof. Toyin Falola

Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Executive Vice Chairman of the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) in Ibadan, Nigeria, published an article this week praising the critical scholarship and significant contributions of Professor of History Toyin Falola, Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at UT Austin.

“In my last reflection on the global personality, Professor Toyin Falola, the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, United States of America, and Africa’s preeminent historian, I situated a critical dimension of his intellectual eminence within the triad factors of Nigeria’s, and Africa’s, development, the contradictions of higher education and the troubles that have attended the significance of the humanities in Nigeria and in Africa. With Falola, as with all those we have considered significant intellectuals, scholarship goes on at the intersection of several dynamics that speak to not only knowledge production, but also to the relevance of knowledge production in a particular context within which that knowledge is produced. At a recent seminar on retrieving Nigerian universities for the task of engendering national development, which held at the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP), Professor Falola facilitated the coming together of several major actors in Nigerian tertiary education, including vice chancellors, the National Universities Commission (NUC) and a significant representation of the civil society. The occasion was to generate more policy insights that will complement and further articulate those already in Professor Olufemi Mimiko’s new book, Getting Our Universities Back on Track, a quasi-autobiography that narrates his experience as a vice chancellor and the challenges and perspectives that could regenerate the universities in Nigeria as agents of transformation.”

Read the full article, “Reconstructing the global academy: Falola and African scholarship,” in The Guardian, and check out The Toyin Falola @65 Conference: African Knowledges and Alternative Futures conference taking place January 29-31, 2018, at University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

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