Apart from sponsoring art exhibitions, the Capen Chair also sponsors seminars and lectures throughout the year.

The Capen Chair 2019 Conference,  “A Collection of Individuals: The Philosophical Legacy of Jorge J. E. Gracia”, brought together fifteen distinguished speakers, UB Alums, each of whom wrote their dissertation under Gracia's supervision. The event was held in the context of a SUNY Press book launch for an intellectual memoir by Jorge Gracia. 
The Capen Chair sponsors lectures and seminar in the Fall. In addition, the Chair sponsors other lectures by both established and younger scholars throughout the year to encourage the dialogue across disciplines and to maintain UB faculty and students up to date on recent developments.
The Capen Chair often sponsors a three-day seminar in the Fall. It usually consists of three lectures delivered on subsequent days by a distinguished speaker who addresses important topics in philosophy and contemporary society.
Time: 4:00 to 6:00pm
UB North Campus, 640 Clemens Hall
(Skype-cast locations as listed)
Fall 2017 Capen Lectures
José Medina, Northwestern University
Taking responsibility for racial violence: Shooting the racial imagination, Lecture 1
Racist Propaganda and Epistemic Activism , Lecture 2
The Capen Chair regularly sponsors conferences and symposia on special topics, lasting from one to three days. Participants include senior and junior scholars so as to promote discussions across different generations and disciplines. The topics vary from the technical and specialized to the more popular and current.
The Capen Chair sponsors events on campus that are free and open to the public.