Literary and Legal Scholar to Speak at Daemen

March 5, 2014

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AMHERST, N.Y. -- Literary and legal scholar Stanley Fish will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Daemen College Academic Festival at 7 p.m. April 15 in the Wick Campus Center. A provocative speaker and intellectual, he is considered one of the century’s most original and influential literary theorists and public intellectuals.

Fish, whose talk is entitled “What Are Academics Free to Do?," has taught at many of the nation’s most prestigious universities, including Berkeley, Columbia, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Florida International University. Currently, he is the Floerscheimer Distinguished Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School.

“We are delighted to attract such a renowned scholar as Stanley Fish to speak at Daemen’s Academic Festival,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “Academic Festival celebrates high-quality academic work, and who better to kick off this year’s festivities than the quintessential academic, Dr. Fish.”

A regular columnist for the New York Times, Fish has thrilled and enraged audiences with his rapier wit and his controversial perspectives on culture, language and the law. His work is especially influential because he writes not to a narrow group of scholars but to educated readers in general, enabling him to reach a vast audience.

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