March 30: Talk on state authority, African-American liberty

WilburnPULLMAN, Wash. – A free, public lecture and teaching workshop aim to add a missing historical perspective to debates about liberty, oppression and the African-American experience of state authority.

Reginald Wilburn, associate professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, will focus on how African-Americans have engaged and re-appropriated arguments for liberty and independence first put forward by John Milton. He was one of England’s greatest epic poets and a considerable influence on Thomas Jefferson and other leaders of the American Revolution.

Wilburn will speak at 5 p.m. Monday, March 30, in Todd 276. His pedagogy workshop will be at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the PE Building 136.

He is the guest of the WSU Department of English Visiting Scholars Series.