ARC proudly presents a noteworthy scholar, Professor Barry Hallen of the historical Morehouse College in Atlanta. Dr. Barry Hallen is a philosopher and the chair of Department of Philosophy & Religion at Morehouse College. Dr. Hallen has also received a Fulbright West African Research Grant (2003), served as General Secretary of the Society for African Philosophy in North America (SAPINA), and been President of the International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS).

Professor Barry HallenBarry Hallen was born in Chicago, Illinois (USA). He attended Carleton College and Boston University, where he received both the M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy. In 1970 he was appointed Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he remained until accepting a similar appointment at the Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife), Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 1975. He resigned from the Obafemi Awolowo University as Reader in Philosophy in 1988. During his stay in Nigeria he was Co-Director (with his late colleague, Professor J. Olubi Sodipo) of the Yoruba Thought/Philosophy Research Project, which resulted in their coauthored 1986 book, Knowledge, Belief and Witchcraft: Analytic Experiments in African Philosophy.

From 1989-1998 Dr. Hallen was a Project Director of “Southern Crossroads: Routes of Commerce and Culture Through West Africa and the Early Sudan” (an Associated Project of UNESCO’s Integral Study of the Silk Roads: Roads of Dialogue). In 1995 Dr. Hallen was appointed a Research Fellow in the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University (an appointment he still holds). From 1997-2000 Dr. Hallen was Visiting Professor in Philosophy at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia (USA). In 2000 this appointment was made permanent, and since 2001 he has been Chair of the Department of Philosophy & Religion at Morehouse.

Dr. Hallen has also received a Fulbright West African Research Grant (2003), served as General Secretary of the Society for African Philosophy in North America (SAPINA), and been President of the International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS). In addition to numerous journal articles on philosophy in the African context, he currently as four books in print: Knowledge, Belief, and Witchcraft: Analytic Experiments in African Philosophy (Stanford University Press, 1997); The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Discourse About Values in Yoruba Culture (Indiana University Press, 2000); A Short History of African Philosophy (Indiana University Press, 2002); African Philosophy: The Analytic Approach (Africa World Press, 2006).


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