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The Samuel P. Capen Chair was created in 1998, when Jorge J. E. Gracia was appointed first chair, to support research initiatives and interdisciplinary activities in the humanities and the arts, particularly in underrepresented areas. Under his direction, the Capen Chair has sponsored numerous publications, conferences, and art exhibitions including Cuban Art Outside Cuba, Painting Borges, and Estévez: Images of Thought, among others.

Race & Ethnicity

The topics related to race and ethnicity include philosophy, art, and literature. The foci are the philosophy of race, ethnicity, nationality, and the particular issues that come up in the context of Hispanics/Latinos in the United States and Latin America.


Art & Literature

A particularly significant topic for the Capen Chair within art and literature is interpretation, that is, the understanding of art through literature, and vice versa, and their implications for the philosophy of race, ethnicity, and Hispanic/Latino identity.

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Metaphysics & Medieval

The areas of philosophy with which the Capen Chair is concerned may be divided into two groups, systematic and historical.

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