The Roy Wood Sellars Lectureship was established in 1971 to celebrate both Roy Wood Sellars and W. Preston Warren. Professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, Sellars was instrumental in founding the Realist Movement in American philosophy.
For many years chair of the philosophy department at Bucknell, Warren was the author or editor of a number of papers and books on Sellars' philosophy. The first Sellars Lecture was given by Preston Warren, and the second by Wilfrid Sellars (with his father in attendance).
- 2018 Jose Medina (Vanderbilt)
- 2019 Seyla Benhabib (Yale)
Most Recent Lecture
Liberalism and Racial Justice
Professor Charles Mills, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America (2016)
Historically, liberalism has been more often complicit with white supremacy and racial injustice than an ally against them. Understandably, then, many progressives would look elsewhere for an emancipatory anti-racist political ideology. However, liberalism can be retrieved for a racial justice project, but it will take a radical rethinking of liberalism's history and structure to carry out this task properly.
Charles W. Mills is the author of The Racial Contract (Cornell University Press, 1997) and winner of the 1998 Myers Outstanding Book Award. He teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center. He works in the general area of social and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory as centered on class, gender, and race. In recent years he has been focusing on race. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, and five books. A sixth book is forthcoming from Oxford University Press, Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism. Mills received his PhD from the University of Toronto, and previously taught at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University.