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Bayo Akomolafe (PhD) is Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Emergence Network, host of We Will Dance with Mountains, and co-host of One World in Dialogue. He convenes the Humusities project. He was co-host and regular guest on Voice America’s ‘Revolutionary Wellness Talk Radio‘ with Rochelle McLaughlin. He is an expert facilitator and consultant with UNESCO. On the Broken Compass unschooling project, initiated and curated by Ijeoma Precious Clement Akomolafe, and inspired by their daughter Alethea Aanya, Bayo defines his role as Assistant Comet Catcher, noticing that his noblest calling is to serve the fragility of the small and the magical.
|January/February 2018||Nigeria: Dr. Akomolafe is part of a UNESCO Goodwill Mission to Nigeria (Covenant University and the Abuja UNESCO Directorate) (January 22 – 27)
South Africa: Dr. Akomolafe will be part of the UNESCO Mission to Johannesburg (January 27 – Feb. 1)
|March 2018||Vermont, USA: Bayo and Ijeoma are visiting scholars specially invited by Middlebury College, Vermont, USA – where they will meet faculty and staff, teach, hold events around Bayo’s new book, and give a formal campus talk. [March 10 – 16]. Dr. Bayo Akomolafe will give a campus talk at Middlebury College called, ‘A Libation at the Crossroads: Decommissioning Whiteness in an Age of Transraciality‘. He will speak with, teach and meet students throughout their stay at Middlebury. Ijeoma will give a talk around her new project, Broken Compass, on the ethics of unschooling as a response to a world that belittles the small and colonizes imagination; her talk is called ‘Our Broken Compass: Unlearning Education as Schooling in a World Gone Awry‘.
North Carolina, USA: Bayo will give two talks in Greensboro, and co-teach with author Daniel Foor at a daylong event at FlowJo Studios in Carrboro they have called “Decolonizing the Dead: Partnering with Our Ancestors for Cultural Healing” [March 18 – 20]
March 18th: “Conversation with Bayo Akomolafe,” a gathering with the staff and board of The Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World. Place: Timberlake Earth Sanctuary, Whitsett, NC
March 18th: “The Gift of Fading Away,” A public talk sponsored by The Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World (www.beholdnature.org) Place: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Greensboro, NC. Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information).
March 19th: Daylong event with Daniel Foor at Carrboro, FlowJo Studio (“Decolonizing the Dead: Partnering with Our Ancestors for Cultural Healing” A conversation with Bayo Akomolafe & Daniel Foor)
March 20: Bookstore event on “These Wilds Beyond our Fences” at A Different Booklist
March 22: Arrival in California / Event: “An Intimate Gathering with Bayo Akomolafe” (hosted by Rochelle McLaughlin, Santa Rosa, CA, 7pm – 10pm PDT)
March 23: Trying out ice cream at Screamin’ Mimi’s (hear it’s probably the best ice cream in the country!)
March 24: Invited Speech at ‘The Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church, Santa Rosa’, Speech: “These Wilds Beyond our Fences – with Dr Bayo Akomolafe” (co-sponsored by the Center for Babaylan Studies, the Interfaith Council of Sonoma County and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church). Other links: 1, 2, 3
March 25: Meeting with We Will Dance with Mountains Course friends and alumni
March 26: Invitation to Lecture at Sonoma State University, AMCS 165 (Humanities Learning Community)
March 27: Under the auspices of the Center for Babaylan Studies Dr. Akomolafe will be giving a talk at Sonoma State University Hub (SSU/HUB) and will then give a 30 minute reading at the SPOKE Poetry Program
(Bayo is grateful to all the communities, organizations and networks sharing about his work, inviting him and opening up generous space for his sharing!)
|March 2018||Trento, Italy: Conference on the ‘Perspectives on Global Citizenship: A Shared Commitment’, by Global Schools. Dr. Akomolafe has been invited to speak. His talk will be pre-recorded for the participants at the Conference. http://www.globalschools.education/
|April 7, 2018||Marylebone, London: ‘Regenerative Activism: Regenerating Self & Society’ – A daylong workshop on regenerative activisms. Bayo Akomolafe has been invited to speak to the gathering by Skype. https://www.advayainitiative.com/allevents/2018/04/07/sustaining-activism|
|16 April, 2018 to Friday, 4 May, 2018||Totnes, England: Dr Akomolafe is Teacher in Residence at Schumacher College, UK – for the course, Sacred Activism 2018. This three-week intensive will bring together activists and change agents from different traditions and perspectives to inquire with us into some of the most pressing and live questions of our times. https://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/short-courses/sacred-activism-2018|
|May 15 – 19, 2018||Udaipur, India: Shikshantar/Swaraj University Workshop: “Re-imagining Education in the Anthropocene – with Bayo Akomolafe & Manish Jain”|
|May 26-27||Ashland, Oregon, USA: Invitation to speak at the 2018 Tending the Threshold Conference: Gathering Change-Makers, Bridge-Builders & Edge-Dwellers (formerly “Architects of a New Paradigm”) Conference. https://tendingthethreshold.com/
Video Introduction: https://vimeo.com/255659724
|June 6-8, 2018
July 2-3, 2018
|Kigali, Rwanda: ‘Africa Innovation Summit’ – Invitation to Dr. Akomolafe to speak about Futures Literacy and The Emergence Network http://www.africainnovationsummit.com/
Paris, France: Invited Speech at the Launch of the Book: ‘Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century’ (Routledge, 2018), UNESCO HQ, and Expert Researcher Participation at the Imagining Africa’s Future Panel
|August 2018||Portland, USA: [August 11] Invited Speech and Workshop at the Beloved Festival https://belovedfestival.com/|
|September – October 2018||Marrakech, Morocco / Lagos, Nigeria: Meeting of the Scientific Committee of UNESCO’s Imagining Africa’s Future (IAF) Project and implementation and co-design of Futures Literacy Labs in collaboration with Covenant University, Nigeria|
|October 20 and 21, 2018||Jo’burg, South Africa: Special Guest at the Learning Reimagined unConference, ‘Unschooling as Decolonization’. https://growingminds.co.za/learning-reimagined-conference-2018/|
|October 22 – 25, 2018||Udaipur, India: Workshop on Education and Activism at Swaraj University [details shortly]|
|November 2018||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
[November 8 – 11] Invited Speech at the ColaborAmerica Festival
Boston, MA, USA:
[November 15] Talk with Lexington High School and then evening talk with Lexington Community Education
[November 15] Keynote Address to the Kulturweit Project of the German Commission for UNESCO – “Power-sensitive and diversity-sustaining education”. Dr. Akomolafe has been specially invited to speak to facilitators and young German volunteers going abroad for 6-12 months working in German institutions in Asian, African and East European countries. He’ll be responding to questions like: “How can we deal with racism and decolonisation without falling into categories of ‘good’ and ‘evil’? What is the new ethos that is demanded from us? How can we dismantle power linked with white normativity? And what does that mean for non-formal education?” Dr. Akomolafe’s Keynote will be live via video conference.
|March 13-17, 2017||Totnes, England: Short Course at Schumacher College – ‘Entangled With The World – Radical Activism, Education and Emergence’ (with Manish Jain, Founder, Swaraj University, India and author/speaker Charles Eisenstein). https://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/short-courses/my-partner-the-world|
|April 13, 2017||Paris, France: Special Invitation by UNESCO-SHS (not open to public)
Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century [Event hosted by the Ambassadors, Permanent Delegates to UNESCO of Uruguay, Nigeria, Finland, Morocco, the Netherlands, South Africa and Tunisia]
Dr. Akomolafe will be introduced by H.E. Mrs Mariam Y. Katagum, Ambassador of Nigeria and Head of Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and will share on the need to contest the inexorable linearity of the future, reclaim the commons, engage the frames that condition responsiveness to crisis, and effectively rethink our place in the world by accommodating other agencies in our discussions and practices for enhancing survival.
|May 2017||[May 10] Rohnert Park, CA, USA: Invitation as Lecturer at Sonoma State University. Dr. Akomolafe will be taking a symposium at the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies. The Campus Community is invited. Free of Charge. A parking fee is required. Thanks to the co-sponsors: Africana Lecture Series, AMCS, Hutchins School of Liberal Studies and the HUB
LIBS 202: Challenges and Response to the Modern World: Libations: Coming Home to a Preposterous World
“How I am unlearning my whiteness”
Glaser Center, 6:30 – 8:30pm
[May 9] The School of Education and the North Bay International Studies Project at SSU will be hosting Dr Akomolafe’s talk on Education on May 9, 4:30-6pm. The event will be open to K-12 educators as well as the teaching credential students in the School of Education.
Our Educational System: Global Perspectives on What We Are Missing
[June-July 2017 Postponed] Santa Barbara, CA, USA: Invitation as Lecturer at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr. Akomolafe will be teaching two courses to PhD students:
i) Ecopsychology II: Environmental and Earth Justice
ii) Frontiers of Ecopsychology
|June 28-30, 2017||The Hague, Netherlands: Special Invitation by hosts to Border Sessions Festival to talk about The Emergence Network “and your ideas”. Dr Akomolafe will be speaking about his role as chief curator of the Emergence Network (TEN) and the promise of co-building an earth-wide, soil-deep commonwealth of tricksters and edge-walkers to queer activisms, feel the material frames that infuse our response-ability to crisis, and open up new spaces of power in partnership with planet. TEN hopes to shift the (onto-)epistemology of action in the world, perform different places where the invisible and the occluded can be brought to light, and enact slowing down sanctuaries where we can be accountable to emergence beyond the search for solutions.|