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Sixteenth Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Lecture: Dr. Lewis Gordon


March 5, 2012

Contact: Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
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GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—College at Simon’s Rock is pleased to announce this year's speaker for the Sixteenth Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Lecture. On Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Lewis Gordon will present, "Du Bois's Gift of Prophecy--His Continued Relevance" in the McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center.

Lewis Gordon is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies, with affiliations in African American Studies and Religion, at Temple University, where he also directs the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies. He is also a Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Government at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. Professor Gordon is the author of many influential books including Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought (Routledge, 2000), An Introduction to Africana Philosophy (Cambridge UP, 2008), and, with Jane Anna Gordon, Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age (Paradigm Publishers, 2009). His forthcoming books include “No Longer Enslaved, Yet Not Quite Free”: Essays on Freedom, Justice, and the Decolonization of Knowledge (Fordham UP) and What Fanon Really Said (Schocken Books). His 1997 book, Her Majesty’s Other Children: Sketches of Racism from a Neocolonial Age (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), won the Gustavus Myer Award for Outstanding Work on Human Rights in North America.

In 2008 Professor Gordon received the James and Helen Merritt Distinguished Service Award for Contributions to the Philosophy of Education. Professor Gordon received his PhD in philosophy, with distinction, from Yale University in 1993 and his MA in aesthetics from Columbia University in 1988.

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