Lucius Turner Outlaw, Jr. on Educating for Ignorance: Race and Social Ordering

August 18, 2006

Tacoma, Wash. – A profound teacher, researcher, and author, Lucius Turner Outlaw, Jr. will lecture at University of Puget Sound’s Memorial Fieldhouse on Friday, September 15 at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public, however tickets are required. Admission is $10 and may be purchased in advance by phoning 253.879.3483 or online at
Outlaw is a major voice in philosophy circles and one of the keynote speakers visiting Puget Sound to participate in the Race and Pedagogy National Conference taking place September 14 - 16. A complete conference schedule and information on registration is available by calling 253.879.3334 or online at

He is professor of philosophy and of African American and Diaspora Studies, as well as associate provost for undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University. His essays have been published in 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 in 1996. Another book, Critical Social Theory in the Interests of Black Folk, was published by Roman & Littlefield in 2005.
The Race and Pedagogy National Conference at University of Puget Sound will bring the country’s best and brightest minds together for a groundbreaking discussion on the impact of race and ethnicity in K-12 and higher education. To broaden the dialogue and more fully represent many points of view, the conference will also include local educators, students, parents, and community leaders.

Other public events related to the Race & Pedagogy Conference include: juried student poster exhibition, an exhibit of selected works by John Hall and Jacob Lawrence at Kittredge Gallery, and a performance by artist Joyce Scott.

Editor’s Note: Print-quality photos of Outlaw, as well as other speakers and artists are available online. For interviews with conference speakers, Puget Sound faculty or administrators, please contact University of Puget Sound Office of Media Relations at 253.879.2611 or

The Race and Pedagogy National Conference is affiliated with University of Puget Sound’s Civic Scholarship Initiative. CSI supports programs that join together the local region and the university’s faculty and students in projects of mutual concern, partnering with local organizations to solve problems, develop policy, and educate the public on issues of regional and national significance. More information on the Civic Scholarship Initiative is available at