Nnamdi Azikiwe University; Department of Philosophy Triumphantly Marks 2023 UNESCO World Philosophy Day with Engaging Alumni Homecoming Event
UNIZIK's Department of Philosophy Marks 2023 UNESCO World Philosophy Day With Alumni Homecoming Event; 'The Human of the Future and the Future of the Human'
The Department of Philosophy at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka proudly celebrated the 2023 UNESCO World Philosophy Day and hosted a vibrant Alumni Homecoming event, bringing together scholars, alumni, and enthusiasts to engage in thought-provoking discussions under the theme "The Human of the Future and the Future of the Human."
The UNESCO World Philosophy Day, observed annually on the third Thursday of November, is dedicated to emphasizing the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for each individual. This year, Nnamdi Azikiwe University took the opportunity to delve into the crucial question of what lies ahead for humanity and how the evolving landscape will shape the essence of being human.
The event, held on the university campus, featured a series of lectures, panel discussions, and interactive sessions with renowned philosophers and intellectuals. The discussions explored various facets of the theme, addressing ethical considerations, technological advancements, and the impact of globalization on the human experience.
Professor Chika Okeke, the Head of the Department of Philosophy, expressed enthusiasm about the event, stating, "The theme for this year's World Philosophy Day is particularly pertinent as we stand at the crossroads of unprecedented technological progress and face complex ethical dilemmas. It is crucial to reflect on the trajectory of humanity and the responsibilities we bear in shaping the future."
The Alumni Homecoming, held in conjunction with the World Philosophy Day celebrations, welcomed back graduates from different batches, fostering a sense of community among the department's alumni. The event provided a platform for former students to reconnect, share experiences, and contribute to the ongoing discourse surrounding the future of humanity.
Dr. Ngozi Okoye, a distinguished alumna and keynote speaker, remarked, "Returning to the alma mater and engaging in discussions on the future of humanity is both nostalgic and intellectually invigorating. It is heartening to see the department continuing its commitment to fostering critical thinking and philosophical inquiry."
The festivities concluded with a cultural evening, showcasing the rich diversity of Nigerian traditions through music, dance, and art. Participants reveled in the opportunity to celebrate both the intellectual legacy of philosophy and the bonds that connect the members of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University's philosophical community.
As the curtains fell on the 2023 UNESCO World Philosophy Day and Alumni Homecoming, the Department of Philosophy at Nnamdi Azikiwe University demonstrated its dedication to promoting philosophical inquiry, critical thinking, and the cultivation of a thoughtful and engaged community. The event served as a testament to the enduring significance of philosophy in navigating the complexities of the human experience in an ever-changing world.