University of Southern Indiana

Former diplomat to discuss social justice, education

Former diplomat to discuss social justice, education

2/6/2012 | University Communications

Dr. Michael Omolewa, a pioneer of adult education and leading education historian in his native Africa, will discuss social justice and education initiatives at 5 p.m. Thursday, February 9, at the University of Southern Indiana.

Omolewa is former Ambassador of Nigeria to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France; served as president of the 32nd session of the General Conference, UNESCO; and was deputy chair of the Governing Board of the Commonwealth of Learning in Vancouver, Canada.

As a distinguished scholar, civil servant, and diplomat, his contributions impact local and national educational activities in Africa and throughout the world. He has dedicated his life to adult education and the promotion of literacy for underserved populations.

Omolewa is professor of history of education at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and served as its first director of external studies, opening the opportunity to pursue a degree to more than one thousand adult learners.

He has authored numerous books, including Adult Education Practice in Nigeria, and many articles in leading adult education journals. The History of Education Society of Nigeria named him a Life Patron of the Society.

He is a member of the Babcock University (Nigeria) board of trustees; deputy chairman of Christ Redeemer’s Bible College in London, United Kingdom; and an ordained pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Nigeria.

Omolewa’s visit to USI is sponsored by the Center for Social Justice Education, housed within the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Social Work. His lecture will be held in Room 1101 in the Education Center.

The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served during a reception following the lecture. For more information, contact Dr. James Dickerson, assistant director of the Center for Social Justice Education, at  812/461-5243.

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