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Dr. Lucius T. Outlaw Jr. to Present Mellon Lecture at Hendrix

Outlaw_Lucius.jpgCONWAY, Ark. (February 15, 2019) – Visiting Mellon Scholar Dr. Lucius T. Outlaw Jr. on Wednesday, March 6 will present “Philosophizing Born of African American Struggles in the United States of America.” The talk begins at 7 p.m. in Lecture Hall C of the Mills Center for Social Sciences on the Hendrix College campus. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow in Mills Library.

Outlaw is a professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His specialties include racial matters in socio-political life, Africana philosophy, and American philosophy. In this lecture, he will examine how and why race impacts the ways individuals produce and articulate their philosophies.

“Professor Outlaw has been thinking deeply about the intersection of race and philosophy for the last 50 years. He’s a living legend of American philosophy,” said Dr. C.J. Sentell ’03, an advancement officer for the College, who nominated his mentor for the Visiting Mellon Scholar program. “His work offers a methodical interpretation of race and ethnicity that values differences among human groups in a provocative, yet approachable way. Drawing on critical theory, pragmatism, post-structuralism, and African philosophy, Outlaw highlights how philosophers have—or have not—attended to the lived experiences of exclusion, prejudice, and oppression in the formation of philosophical ideas. Don’t miss this timely lecture.”

Outlaw’s visit to campus is made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives at Hendrix. For more information, contact the Hendrix College Office for Diversity and Inclusion at or 501-505-2951.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit