The annual Philip Roth Lecture returns to Newark Public Library November 4.
This year Princeton professor and historian Sean Wilentz will deliver a lecture titled “American Slavery, American Antislavery.”
“Talking about Philip Roth, an old friend of mine. Philp Roth the historian and how he wrote history. How he revisits history. I will talk in particular about how he wrote one of his novels,” Wilentz said. “Then I’m going to switch and talk about how that insight cuts to the heart of a lot of American history but particularly the history of antislavery.”
Previous lecturers include Salman Rushdie and Robert Caro.
“It’s a real pleasure to do this,” Wilentz said. “I hope I do my friend well, his memory well. We talked history a lot. I was kind of his history teacher in a way at the end of his life. Doing this is a challenge but it’s a really great opportunity and I can’t wait to do it.”
The Philip Roth Lecture at the Newark Public Library starts at November 4 at 6PM.