Photo of Agnes Callard from University of Chicago as she asks, “Can you be good at Philosophy?”

The NEIU Philosophy Colloquium Series has been a regular department-sponsored event since Spring 2018. The purpose of this event is to give NEIU students access to all of the richness and diversity of contemporary professional philosophy. It also provides professional philosophers with the opportunity to experience NEIU firsthand and meet our students in an academic setting.

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Spring 2020

"Landlords versus tenants: philosophical reflections on berlin's housing referendum"
A Lecture by tyler zimmer


Tyler Zimmer is an Assistant Instructional Professor and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on equality—what it is, why it’s valuable, and what exactly it requires people to do in practice. His academic work has appeared in Public Affairs Quarterly and "The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of the City."  Non-academic publications include SlateThe Los Angeles Review of BooksIn These Times and Jacobin

Past Lectures


  • B.R. George, Carnegie Mellon University, "Painfully Literal Dudes."
  • Thirza Lagewaard, Free University, Amsterdam, “How Epistemic Injustice Can Deepen Disagreement.”
  • Agnes Callard, University of Chicago, “Is there such a thing as being good or bad at philosophy?"
  • David Vessey, Grand Valley State University, "Collapsing Life and Art."
  • Alyssa Adamson, Northeastern Illinois University, “Against a Single History: Luxemburg and a Decolonial Critique of Political Economy.”


  • Jessica Gordon Roth, University of Minnesota, “Recovering Early Modern Women Writers: Some Tensions.” 
  • Jorge Montiel*, Marquette University, “ A Relational Analysis of Oppression: Group Injustice and Institutional Mediation.” 
  • Megan Hyska, Northwestern University, “Propaganda for Realists.” 
  • William Paris, Northwestern University, “What does it Mean to Have a Revolution in Culture? Frantz Fanon’s Speculative Method of Critique.” 
  • Seth Mayer, Manchester University, “Philosophy, Democracy, and Mass Incarceration.” 
  • David Godden, Michigan State University, “Theorizing Testimony in Argumentative Contexts.” 

Spring 2018

  • Scott Aikin, Vanderbilt University, “The Antinomies of Metaphilosophy.” 
  • Desmond Jagmohan*, University of California, Berkeley (formerly of Princeton University), “Dominus before Domination: Harriet Jacobs and the Meaning of Slavery.” 

*Denotes scholar as a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University