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Faculty Lecture Series: Neil Roberts

Thu, March 7th, 2019
4:15 pm
- 5:30 pm

Neil Roberts, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, will present “How to Live Free in an Age of Pessimism” as part of the annual Faculty Lecture Series. Roberts’s research involves the intersections of Caribbean, Continental, and North American political theory with respect to theorizing the concepts of freedom and agency. He is author of the award-winning book Freedom as Marronage, the collaborative work Journeys in Caribbean Thought and most recently A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass. Roberts is President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, an international organization of scholars, artists, and community activists dedicated to articulating a place for ideas in the Caribbean context and their global significance.  He is also the current W. Ford Schumann ’50 Faculty Fellow in Democratic Studies at Williams.

The Faculty Lecture Series was founded in 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt, the spouse of a faculty member who wanted to “relieve the tedium of long New England winters with an opportunity to hear Williams professors talk about issues that really mattered to them.” The current chair of the series is Greg Mitchell, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and chair of the Lecture Committee.

The aim of the series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. The remaining talks will be offered on March 7 and 14. All lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry and be followed by a reception in Schow Atrium. The events are free and open to the public.

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