Each spring, the Philosophy Department is proud to host Inspiring TriVia: The Sarah L. Hoagland Speaker Series. As professor emerita of Northeastern Illinois University, Dr. Hoagland generously endowed this series to foster philosophical discussion at the intersections of race, class, and gender. Hence the title: Inspire (to breathe life into), and TriVia (the goddess of crossroads). We keep these goals in mind when selecting speakers.

A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Sarah L. Hoagland for making it all possible.

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Past lecturers:

Dr. Charles Mills, the John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University, gave our inaugural lecture in the Spring 2014 semester. His first book, "The Racial Contract" (Cornell University, 1997), won a Myers Outstanding Book Award for the study of bigotry and human rights in North America. It has been adopted widely in courses across the United States (more than 100 campuses so far), not just in philosophy, but also political science, sociology, anthropology, African-American and race relations. His fourth book, "Contract and Domination" (Polity Press, 2007), is co-authored with Carole Pateman, who wrote "The Sexual Contract" (Stanford University Press, 1988), and it seeks to bring the two “contracts” together.

Dr. Jacqueline Scott was our speaker for the Spring 2015 semester. She is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University and Assistant Chair of the Philosophy Department. She is the co-editor of "Critical Affinities: Nietzsche and African American Thought." She is currently working on a book titled, "Nietzsche’s Worthy Opponents: Socrates, Wagner, the Ascetic Priest and Women." Additionally, she serves as a subject editor for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Thank you for a really great lecture!