NEW YORK,NY–Souleymane Bachir Diagne,a professor of French and Philosophy at Columbia, was recently declared as one of the winners of the Lenfest Distinguished Teaching Awards.
The awards were created in 2005 by Gerry Lenfest , a trustee emeritus whose total donations of more than $100 million place him among Columbia’s most generous benefactors. His $12 million gift for the teaching awards honors exceptional instruction and scholarship, with a special emphasis on the mentoring of students in the arts and sciences. Each Lenfest winner receives $25,000 each year for three years.
The Senegal born Diagne has taught at Columbia since 2008, including courses on the history of early modern philosophy, philosophy and Sufism in the Islamic world, African philosophy and literature, 20th century French philosophy, and Contemporary Civilization in the Core Curriculum. He has published numerous books in English and French including Islam and Open Society: Fidelity and Movement in the Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal.