Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology

The Eleanor Fails Alumni Speaker Series

Th‌e Eleanor V. Fails Lecture Series is made possible through the generous contribution of Eleanor V. Fails (1930-2015). Dr. Fails earned her second MA and Ph.D. in Sociology at Loyola University Chicago in the 1960s. While at Loyola, she was a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and was known as Sister Christopher Marie. Dr. Fails was a professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where she rose through the ranks to Chair of the Sociology Department. Her legacy funds an annual alumni speaker series, alumni panels and research and travel opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

2023-2024 Speaker:

Rita Padawangi, PhD-LUC 2008

"Urban Development, Politics, and the Spatial Imagination:
Reflections from Indonesia and Timor-Leste"

2022-2023 Speaker:

Reuben Jonathan Miller, PhD-LUC 2013

"Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration"

2020-2021 Speaker:
Maura I. Toro-Morn, PhD-LUC 1992
"Puerto Ricans in the Heartland: Migrations, Families, and Transnational Belonging in Central Illinois"
2018-2019 Speaker:
Meghan Burke, MA-LUC 2005, PhD-LUC 2009
"Colorblind Racism Left to Right
Derrick Brooms
2017-2018 Speaker:
Derrick Brooms, PhD-LUC, 2010
"Every day we wake up with something to prove’:
Black Men on Resistance, Resilience and Community in College”
2016-2017 Speaker:
Michael Emerson, BA-LUC, 1988; PhD-UNC
"Urban Soul: Market Cities, People Cities, and Our Future"