Charles Mills from The Graduate Center at City University of New York will present a public lecture on "Racial Justice," Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium inside the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.
The Distinguished Professor of Philosophy presentation is the eighth annual Paul and Gwen Leonard Ethics and Politics Lecture sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno, its philosophy department in the College of Liberal Arts and the Leonard Endowment in Philosophy.
According to Mills, "racial justice" is a term widely used in everyday discourse, but little explored in philosophy. In this lecture, Mills views racial justice as a concept, bringing out its complexities and urging greater engagement by mainstream political philosophers with the issues the concept raises. Mills also compares racial justice and injustice to other varieties of group in/justice, periodizes them, relates them to European expansionism, and argues that a modified Rawlsianism, relying on a different version of Rawls' thought-experiment, could provide suitable principles of corrective racial justice.
The Paul and Gwen Leonard Ethics and Politics Lecture brings world-renowned philosophers to the University and is an adjunct to the Department of Philosophy's academic degree programs in ethics, law and politics, introduced in fall 2011.
The lecture is free and open to the public, with complimentary parking available on the top floor of the West Stadium Parking Complex.