BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute
will honor Jorge J.E. Gracia, PhD, Samuel P. Capen Chair and SUNY
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature,
on Sept. 28 at its Annual Scholar Session.
The free public session, to be held at 4 p.m. in 420 Capen Hall,
UB North Campus, will feature presentations about Gracia and his
internationally recognized work by two of the most distinguished
scholars in his field.
One is Kwame Anthony Appiah, PhD, Laurence S. Rochefeller
University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, a
Ghanaian-British-American philosopher, cultural theorist and
novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the
philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history.
Among his critically acclaimed books is "The Honor Code: How Moral
Revolutions Happen" (2010), which has been called "monstrously
Appiah will be joined by Ilan Stavans, PhD, Lewis-Sebring
Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College,
a widely celebrated Mexican-American essayist, lexicographer,
cultural commentator, translator and author whose bestselling work
focuses on language, identity, politics and history. Known as a
sharp, fast writer, he has produced 48 books, among them "The
Hispanic Condition," "Tropical Synagogues," "The Left-Handed
Pianist" and his magnum opus, "The Norton Anthology of Latino
Literature," described by The Nation as feeling "less like a book
and more like a magic carpet ride through time and space."
Although less well-known to his Western New York neighbors than
are many UB faculty members, Jorge Gracia is nevertheless one of
the most accomplished, productive, accessible and warmly regarded
members of the university community.
He is a distinguished, multiple award-winning philosopher who
has written or edited more than 40 books -- many of them on such
topics as metaphysics and ontology, philosophical historiography
and Hispanic/Latino/Latin-American philosophy. His groundbreaking
contributions to the philosophical study of race and ethnicity have
helped shape the field and address many issues that previous
theories had left unanswered.
Gracia also is recognized for significant contributions to the
history of medieval philosophy, hermeneutics and philosophy of
Executive Director of the UB Humanities Institute Carrie
Tirado-Bramen, associate professor of English, says, "The annual
scholar session allows the institute to showcase the work of UB's
outstanding faculty members in the humanities to the larger Buffalo