The 2006 University of Virginia Graduate English Conference | March 31 - April 1, 2006

Kwame Appiah Kwame Anthony Appiah is Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. His major current work has to do with the philosophical foundations of liberalism, but his interests range from African and African-American intellectual history and literary studies to ethics and philosophy of mind and language. Among his books are Assertion and Conditionals (1985), For Truth in Semantics (1986), In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture (1992), Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race (with Amy Gutmann; 1996), Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy (2003), and The Ethics of Identity (2004). Professor Appiah's new book, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers has just been published by Norton. An excerpt of this latter was published as the cover article in the New York Times Magazine on Sunday, January 1. More information is available at his web site,

Kwame Appiah will present his talk at 5:30pm on Friday, March 31st.

Wai Chee Dimock Wai Chee Dimock is Lampson Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. Her current work concerns the relation between American literature and world cultures, along with the applications of alternative conceptions of time to literary historiography. She has published a study of Herman Melville's novels (Empire for Liberty, 1989) and an interdisciplinary exploration joining law, literature, and moral philosophy (Residues of Justice, 1996), which was honored by the Modern Language Association. She has recently published articles in such journals as PMLA, SAQ, ALH, and Narrative. Her new book, Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep Time, will be published by Princeton University Press in the fall of 2006. She will be editing of a special issue of ALH in 2006, entitled "Transnational Citizenship in the Humanities" and a special issue of PMLA slated for 2007, on "Remapping Genre."

Wai Chee Dimock will present "Global Civil Society: Thoreau on Three Continents" at noon on Friday, March 31st.

Eric Lott Eric Lott is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of the multiple-award-winning Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class (Oxford, 1993) and the newly published The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual (Basic, 2006). Much of his work operates at the intersection of race, politics, and the culture industries, as in his forthcoming study Blonde on Blonde. His work has appeared in many publications, including American Quarterly, Representations, American Literary History, Social Text, The Village Voice, and The Nation.

Eric Lott will lead a master class on "‘Mental Life’ and the Antebellum City in Poe's ‘Man of the Crowd’" from 2:00-3:00pm on Saturday, April 1st.