The Jim Grunebaum Speaker Series brings high-profile philosophers to Buffalo State on an annual or bi-annual basis.
The lecture series is endowed by James Grunebaum, professor emeritus of philosophy and humanities.
Grunebaum, who retired in 2005, joined the Buffalo State philosophy faculty in 1971, directed the All College Honors Program (now the Muriel A. Howard Honors Program) from 1987 to 1999, and earned the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997.
A generous donor to the college, Grunebaum remains active in the department colloquia and Ethics Bowl.
Erik Schmidt, associate professor of philosophy at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, has taught at Gonzaga since 2003. His current research addresses the intersection of moral psychology and practical reason and he is also working on issues related to the philosophy of art.
Schmidt has done extensive work on philosophy, Shakespeare, ethics, and literature.
“Viewing Films as Eikos or Kalos Mythos” in Plato and the Moving Image, Ed. By Weinman and Bildermans (Forthcoming)
“Pleading the Case: Learning from works of fiction as well as fictional worlds” Teorema 35, no. 3 (Fall 2016)
“Crossing Over: Rauschenberg, Kafka, and the Boundaries of Imagination” Aesthetic Investigations 2 (Spring 2016)
“Knowing Fictions: Metalepsis and the Cognitive Value of Fiction” Res Philosophica 93, no. 2 (April 2016)
“Sucking the Sweets of Sweet Philosophy: Shakespeare’s dramatic use of philosophy” Memoria Di Shakespeare Journal of Shakespeare Studies. (Spring 2014)
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