Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Lewis R. Gordon To Speak at Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony May 7

Dr. Lewis R. GordonDr. Lewis R. Gordon (’84, B.A.), Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy at Temple University—as well as director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought and the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies—will be the keynote speaker at Lehman’s annual Phi Beta Kappa induction on May 7 at 6 p.m. in the East Dining Room of the Music Building. Professor Gordon received his Phi Beta Kappa Key here twenty-five years ago this month. Lehman’s Chi Chapter of NY will induct thirty-seven new members—the largest number in Lehman’s history. Students, faculty, and administrators are invited to attend the ceremony.

Professor Gordon, who earned two master’s degrees and his Ph.D. from Yale University, is well known for his work on Africana philosophy, theories on race and racism, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of religion. He has written several books, including An Introduction to Africana Philosophy, Disciplinary Decadence: Living Thought in Trying Times, and Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought. He also is an ongoing visiting professor of philosophy and government at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, and president emeritus of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

Phi Beta Kappa, whose Greek initials represent the motto, “Love of learning is the guide of life,” is the nation’s oldest undergraduate honor society. Lehman is one of approximately ten percent of the nation’s colleges and universities that have been approved for chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, which has over half a million members nationally. Last year, twenty-eight Lehman students—also a record number—were elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Last modified: Oct 13, 2011

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