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Ethics, confronting oppression to be topic of Jerry Jackson Lecture

Lee McBride, an associate professor in philosophy at the College of Wooster, an Ohio liberal arts school, will be the next speaker in Western Carolina University’s Jerry Jackson Lecture in the Humanities series.

Lee McBride

McBride will present “Ethics and Insurrection: Boldly Confronting Oppression” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Catamount Room of A.K. Hinds University Center.

McBride currently is working on a book with the same tentative title, as well as a research project on ethics and insurrection. “In this piece, I offer a tenable account of oppression and discuss several ways oppression manifests in the world: sex-based, class-based, race-based, sexuality-based, etc. I articulate the central features of insurrectionist ethics, then argue that insurrection of some sort is needed in the face of oppression,” he said. “I discuss violence and what it would mean to be nonviolent to a clearly oppressive situation.”

The lecture is sponsored by WCU’s Department of Philosophy and Religion, Honors College, Intercultural Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences and the Chief Diversity Office.

For more information, contact Amy McKenzie in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at 828-227-3852 or

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