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Scholar to discuss Black Studies from a Philosophical Perspective – Oct. 25

Bethlehem, Pa., October 16, 2007— Moravian College will host a lecture by Dr. Lewis R. Gordon, Shifting the Geography of Reason: Black Studies from a Philosophical Perspective on October 25, at 7 p.m., in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, room 102. Gordon, professor of philosophy, religion, and Judaic Studies at Temple University, will discuss the ways in which Western philosophical traditions are reshaped by theory created outside the West. Admission to the lecture is free of charge and open to the public.

Gordon is director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought, and serves as director of the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies. Gordon is a Laura H. Carnell professor of philosophy at Temple University and president of the Caribbean Philosophical Association. He has written many works in race theory, Africana philosophy, and postcolonial phenomenology, philosophy of human and life sciences, phenomenology and philosophy of existence, social and political philosophy, philosophy of education, and philosophy of religion and Afro-Jewish Studies, and a variety of topics in the public interest. He was executive editor of volumes I-V of Radical Philosophy Review; Journal of the Radical Philosophy Association and co-editor of the Routledge book series on Africana thought.

Gordon is ongoing visiting professor of philosophy and government at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica and is president of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

During his prestigious career, Gordon taught at Brown University for eight years, and under his leadership as chairperson, the program for Afro-American Studies became the Department of Africana Studies. He taught also at Purdue University and Yale University Professor Gordon has presented lectures internationally, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinguished fellowships. Gordon earned his B.A. from Lehman College, CUNY, and his M. Phil., and M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.        

The lecture is sponsored by Moravian’s Africana Studies Program, the Philosophy Department, and LVAIC Africana Studies. The Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex is located at Monocacy and Locust Streets, Bethlehem, Pa.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu