March 17, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- Jack Turner, a Ph.D. candidate in politics at Princeton University and a 1998 graduate of Amherst College, will speak on "Conscience and Action: Thoreau's Plea for John Brown," on Monday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Octagon at Amherst College. His talk is free and open to the public.

In 2000 Turner was the recipient of the Rufus B. Kellogg University Fellowship, one of the Amherst College Fellowships for graduate study, which is awarded for three years of graduate study to a recent graduate, and asks the recipient to return to campus to give a lecture or presentation.

After studying history, literature, and political theory at Amherst, Turner spent a year at King's College, University of Cambridge, England and earned an M.Phil. degree in political thought and intellectual history (2001) for his thesis, John Locke and Colonial America: The Cases of Virginia and New York, 1696-1700, supervised by Mark Goldie.

At Princeton University, where he received his M.A. degree in 2003, Turner expects to complete his Ph.D. dissertation, Democratic Individuality and the Trial of Racial Justice: A Study in American Political Thought, in 2006. He is working with Stephen Macedo and Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.