Souleymane Bachir Diagne
In this interview, or rather conversation, Souleymane Bachir Diagne talks about his experience as scholar in Philosophy in France, in Senegal, and in the United States. He discusses his experiences in academic freedom, and how he encounters that “fanaticism is a religion.” He created the Department of Philosophy and the program in Islamic Philosophy in Senegal, after being trained in France, as a student at the École Normale Supérieure. In 1999, Souleymane Bachir Diagne crossed the ocean to come first as a Visiting Professor to Northwestern University, and then as a Professor at Columbia University, where he is now Professor of French and of Philosophy.
Souleymane Bachir Diagne addresses the challenges of academic freedom and freedom of speech both in the current political situation and social and public life. He also addresses some of those challenges within the campus.