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Lewis Gordon

Dr. Lewis Gordon is a well-known philosopher, political thinker, educator, and musician. The philosophy professor can be found teaching and researching at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.Dr. Lewis Gordon Besides teaching in the philosophy department, he is also affiliated with the Judaic studies, Caribbean and Latina/o studies, Asian and Asian American Studies programs at the university. Gordon's academic career also includes a number of visiting positions including visiting appointments as the Duropean Union Visiting Chair in Philosophy at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès in France and the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Visiting Chair in Political and International Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Most recently, Gordon was named the Writer-In-Resident at the Birkbeck School of Law at the University of London.

The Afro-Jewish philosopher was born in Jamaica but he grew up in the Bronx, New York.  He attended Evander Child's High School, and Gordon graduated from Lehman College.  There, he took part in the Lehman Scholars Program.  After a brief time teaching social studies at Lehman High School, Gordon attended Yale University for his doctorate.  His research topics include Africana philosophy, philosophy of existence, phenomenology, social and political philosophy, philosophy of culture, aesthetics, philosophy of education and philosophy of science.

As a hobby, Gordon likes to play jazz. He started playing jazz in New York night clubs as a young adult. Currently, he performs jazz with Matthew K. Holmes in the Heartford Area. He and a few of his colleagues at UCONN have created the Blues Without Borders band. Gordon is also part of another band, an alternative rock band called Three Generations.

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