Associate director of the Rock Ethics Institute receives award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Eduardo Mendieta, associate director of the Rock Ethics Institute and professor of philosophy at Penn State, has been honored by the Caribbean Philosophical Association with the Frantz Fanon Outstanding Achievements Award.

This award is for a young senior scholar or public intellectual of high repute and global impact whose contributions to areas of thought and institutional development are in the spirit of Frantz Fanon’s revolutionary humanism. 

The Awards Committee voted to honor Mendieta with this award because of his extraordinarily ecumenical and global scholarship. He was made contributions to nearly all of the intellectual movements devoted to social change in the global south, such as philosophy of liberation, Latin American philosophy, decolonial thought, Africana philosophy, prophetic thought, critical race theory, philosophy of the city, First Nation’s thought, theories of global citizenship, topological studies, and environmental integrity and preservation.

“Eduardo Mendieta is a prolific thinker working at the intersections of political philosophy and Latin American thought," said

Association President Neil Roberts. "His prodigious scholarship has contributed to redefining the very nature of critical theory and the intellectual traditions we associate it with. Furthermore, Mendieta’s writings in English and Spanish surrounding critical race theory, prison abolitionism, urbanism, and the philosophy of liberation are ones Fanon would have been proud of. We praise his accomplishments and look forward to his many future books and endeavors in the upcoming years.”

The award ceremony will take place at the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s international conference, June 22 to 24 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.

Last Updated January 12, 2017