The question, which virtue should be regarded as supreme, to be emphasized and pursued above all others,1 has been a subject of inquiry since the ancient Greek philosophers. Today a branch of Philosophy of Ethics, called Axiology, looks for the essence and relationship of values, searching for answers as to what is really good and honorable. The topic itself involves a number of different sciences—Theology, Psychology and extending into Sociology. It appears surprising that one virtue seems to have been widely overlooked in this inquiry—that of humility.
Among the many features that characterize the post-Colonial era one stands out: the desire to explore the roots of human culture in general, and of individual groups and nations in particular. This effort is manifest at many scales, from the individual African-American or European seeking to know his or her lineage, to newly emerged nation states seeking to establish or re-establish their identity. This conference can be seen in this context to be part of this global movement.