Williams Prof to Speak on Trayvon Martin at MCLA


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Dr. Neil Roberts, assistant professor and Africana Studies Affiliate in the Department of Political Science at Williams College, will present a talk, "It's Bigger than Hip Hip: Decoding the Trayvon Martin Event," at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218.

The event is free and open to the public.

Roberts received his Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of Chicago in 2007 with a specialization in political theory. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, he splits his time between the United States and the Caribbean, maintaining familial and intellectual ties that continually cross nation-state borders.

A high school teacher, debate coach and NCAA Division 1 soccer player at Brown University prior to graduate school, Roberts is the recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He also is a member of the Caribbean Philosophical Association Board of Directors.

His present writings deal with the intersections of Caribbean, Continental, and North American political theory with respect to theorizing the concept of freedom.

He is the author of published and forthcoming articles, reviews and book chapters in The Cambridge Dictionary of Political Thought," "Caribbean Studies, Clamor magazine, "The C.L.R. James Journal," "Encyclopedia of Political Theory," "Journal of Haitian Studies, "New Political Science, Patterns of Prejudice, Perspectives on Politics," "Philosophia Africana," "Philosophy in Review/Comptes Rendus Philosophiques," "Political Theory," "Sartre Studies International," "Shibboleths," "Souls," and an anthology devoted to the thought of Sylvia Wynter.

Roberts is co-editor of both the "CAS Working Papers in Africana Studies Series" (with Ben Vinson) and a collection of essays (with Jane Anna Gordon) on the theme "Creolizing Rousseau," and he is the recent guest editor of a "Theory and Event" symposium on the Trayvon Martin case.

His books, "A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass" and "Freedom as Marronage," are under contract with The University Press of Kentucky and The University of Chicago Press, respectively.

This event is sponsored by the MCLA Honors Program and the Department of Philosophy, Modern Languages and Interdisciplinary Studies.