Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, a graduate of Pepperdine College in 1965 and now professor in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University presented to an enthusiastic crowd on February 13, 2008. His lecture, entitled "An Overview of African Consciousness: Classical Egypt to Yoruba Orishas," addressed the origin of humanity, the oral transmission of historical information, and the beginning of time and existence.
Considered by his peers to be one of the most distinguished contemporary scholars, Asante has published 61 books, including The History of Africa: The Quest for Eternal Harmony (Routledge, 2007). Asante has published more scholarly books than any contemporary African author and has been recognized as one of the ten most widely cited African Americans. In addition, Black Issues in Higher Education recognized him as one of the most influential leaders in the last 15 years. Asante completed his MA at Pepperdine and received his PhD from UCLA at the age of 26. He was appointed a full professor at the age of 30 at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He created the first PhD Program in African American Studies at Temple University in 1987.