Cameroonian-born philosopher and political scientist Achille Mbembe is a professor at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa who specializes in issues of urbanization and modern society. He spent the fall of 2013 teaching a course on African cities at Harvard, and in December he stopped by the Nieman Foundation, at the invitation of South African Nieman Greg Marinovich, to share his insights into the future of the urban environment, income inequality, and the effect of technology on our lives.

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