Keynote Speaker

Stanley Fish

Literary and Legal Scholar Stanley Fish

Dr. Stanley Fish is considered one of the leading public intellectuals in the United States and a world-renowned literary theorist and legal scholar.

Currently serving as Floerscheimer Distinguished Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School, Fish is a regular contributor to “The Opinionator” blog for the New York Times. His divisive perspectives on culture, language and the law have captured the attention of a wide range of readers, from scholars to the general public.

Fish began his academic career in 1962 in the University of California at Berkeley English Department, where he taught until 1974. He was at John Hopkins University from 1974-85 and while there held the position of Kenan Professor of English. While at Duke University from 1986-98, Fish served as arts and sciences professor of English and professor of law. Also during this time, he held the position of executive director of Duke University Press from 1993-98. He then served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the John Marshall Law School from 2000-02.

Fish is an extraordinarily prolific author who has written more than 200 scholarly books and articles. While his research covers a variety of fields, Fish has written for many of the country’s leading law journals, including Stanford Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, Columbia Law Review, and Texas Law Review.

Among Fish’s exemplary published works are the books “John Skelton’s Poetry” (1965); “Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost”(1967) and a 30th Anniversary Edition (1997); “The Living Temple: George Herbert and Catechizing” (1978); “Is there a Text in This Class?: Interpretive Communities and the Sources of Authority” (1980); “Doing What Comes Naturally: Change, Rhetoric, and the Practice of Theory in Literary and Legal Studies” (1989); “There’s No Such Thing as Free Speech, and It’s a Good Thing, Too” (1994); “Professional Correctness: Literary Studies and Political Change” (1995); “The Trouble with Principle” (1999); “How Milton Works” (2001), which reflects on five decades of Fish’s scholarship on Milton; “Save the World on Your Own Time” (2008); “The Fugitive in Flight: Faith, Liberalism and Law in a Classic TV Show” (2010); and “How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One” (2011).

Daemen President Gary A. Olson, a noted scholar of rhetoric, writing and culture, has authored three books on Fish, including the authorized biography “Stanley Fish: America's Enfant Terrible”; “Justifying Belief: Stanley Fish and the Work of Rhetoric”; and “Postmodern Sophistry: Stanley Fish and the Critical Enterprise.”

In 2010, Fish joined the Board of Visitors of Ralston College, a new institution located in Savannah, Ga. He’s also been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for nearly 30 years.

A provocative speaker, Fish has lectured at universities across the country, including Brown, Central Florida, Columbia, Harvard, and Vermont.

Fish earned both Ph.D. and master’s degrees from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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