Saturday, October 28 | 3 - 4 PM
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Dr | Evanston, IL | 60208
Why has the work of William Blake remained such a vital resource for dissenters, activists, and utopians? Michael Ferber, an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War and a defendant in the “Spock Trial,” is a leading expert on Blake. Coinciding with the Block Museum’s exhibition “William Blake in the Age of Aquarius,” Ferber will discuss and explore how the work of the Romantic poet and printmaker reveals the connections between imagination, belief, and action. Audience members will be invited to tour the exhibition following the talk.
This program is generously underwritten by Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross and is presented in partnership with the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art.
Michael Ferber has been Professor of English and Humanities at the University of New Hampshire since 1987. He wrote two books about William Blake as well as A Dictionary of Literary Symbolism. While he was a graduate student he helped organize the draft-card-return ceremony in the Arlington Street Church (1967), for which he stood trial in Boston Federal Court with Dr. Benjamin Spock and Rev. William Sloane Coffin. He taught English at Yale from 1975 to 1982, then worked for four years as a lobbyist and writer about nuclear disarmament in Washington.