November 16, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Colin (Joan) Dayan, Warren Penn Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, will lecture on “Legal Terror” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Office of the President, this talk is free and open to the public.

Dayan is an expert on Caribbean literature and the literature of slavery. Her works include Haiti, History, and the Gods (1995), Fables of Mind (1987) and A Rainbow for the Christian West (1977). In addition, she has published several papers in prominent scholarly journals. In 2004, she was selected as a Guggenheim Fellow for the 2004-05 year, an award she used to study slavery, incarceration and the law. Her forthcoming book, Punishments Cruel and Unusual, will be published by Princeton University Press next year.