John Levi Barnard

Wooster Professor John Levi Barnard to Lead Discussion on American Monuments

Free public event to be held Nov. 2 in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall at The College of Wooster

27 October, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Author and assistant professor of English at The College of Wooster, John Levi Barnard, will lead a discussion drawn from his book “Empire of Ruin: Black Classicism and American Imperial Culture” on Thursday, Nov. 2. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). Refreshments will be provided.

Barnard will discuss the role of monumental structures in American public memory, as well as a counter memorial tradition within African-American cultural production that casts a critical eye on the history and legacies of slavery and empire in the United States.

Barnard’s teaching and research interests include American literature, African-American literature and culture, and environmental humanities. He received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. from Boston University.

Barnard’s discussion is sponsored by the departments of English, History, and Africana studies. Additional information about this event is available by phone (330-263-2575) or email.