• Allison Pelyhes

Numen Lumen l Damion Blake l 4/21/2022

Dr. Damion Blake shares about using "dreaming as a roadmap for purposeful and successful living precisely because there are no limits in dreaming." After all, for Dr. Blake, dreaming is reflective. Dreaming is inspirational. Dreaming is spiritual. Dreaming is cultural. He speaks to dreaming as a member of the dispersed Africana diaspora people where dreaming is a blend of the spiritual and physical realms, specifically from his Jamaican background.

Dr. Damion Blake is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Policy Studies at Elon University. Blake holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA.) and a Master of Science (MSc.) from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus, Jamaica. He has a Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Politics and Government. Dr. Blake served as a consultant with Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security. His teaching areas are: Comparative Politics; Security Studies, Caribbean Politics, International Relations and African American and Black Studies. Blake’s research focuses on, organized crime, violence, and its intersection with politics in Jamaica, the wider Caribbean and Latin-American region.


Our Numen Lumen theme this year invites speakers and musicians to ponder the idea of dreaming. “Dreaming” will push our community to traverse the passive and active forms that dreaming takes in our lives. Speakers will explore the literal and figurative series of images, ideas, sensations, and emotions in the mind and through their work.

We ask speakers to ponder where reality and dreaming meet, what form dreaming takes in their everyday lives, and how dreaming directs their pathway. Can dreaming be a productive form of activism? Is dreaming strictly forward-thinking, or can it exist without time restraints? Is dreaming simply an involuntary experience? How may dreaming be dangerous, or irresponsible in the face of real-world issues? Or, where can it be a useful instrument? What are the burdens of dreaming? What or who makes you dream?

We encourage you to share your thoughts and responses to our speaker in the comment section below!

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