In the 2008 Presidential race, Democratic candidate Barack Obama promises change. Examining what kind of change Obama could bring as well as what kind of change the U.S. needs is Vanderbilt University’s Lucius T. Outlaw Jr., the next guest in the President’s Forum Series.
Outlaw, professor of philosophy and of African American and Diaspora studies and associate provost for undergraduate education at Vanderbilt, will discuss “Multicultural Education and the Obama Presidency” with the Colleges’ community at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the Albright Auditorium.
Throughout his career as a professor and philosopher, Outlaw’s highly respected pedagogy and scholarly research has focused on African and African-American philosophy, political and social philosophy and critical social theory. Outlaw brings years of teaching philosophic topics related to racial and political issues as a former T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy at Haverford College, and the David S. Nelson Professor of Boston College, as well as a visiting professor at Spelman College, Howard University and Hamilton College.
His acclaimed scholarly writings have been published in leading publications, such as Philosophical Forum, Journal of Social Philosophy, Man and World, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, The Journal of Ethics, and a number of anthologies. A collection of several of his essays, “On Race and Philosophy,” was published by Routledge. Another book, “Critical Social Theory in the Interests of Black Folk,” was published by Roman & Littlefield.
Born in Starkville, Miss., Outlaw graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Fisk University in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Boston College.
The President’s Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty, staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members.