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Schick Lecture series to feature Vincent Carretta

February 11, 2013

The Indiana State University Schick Lecture Series on Language, Literature and Lexicography will host Vincent Carretta on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m.

Carretta, a professor of English at the University of Maryland, will present "Strangers in Strange Lands: The Global Eighteenth-Century African Diaspora." The lecture will take place in Root Hall A-264 with a reception following in A-269-270.

After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, Carretta has written several books, including "Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage," "George III and the Satirists from Hogarth to Byron" and "The Snarling Muse: Verbal and Visual Political Satire from Pope to Churchill." In addition, he has edited or co-edited "Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century" and "Genius in Bondage: Literature of the Early Black Atlantic."

Carretta has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, the Du Bois Institute at Harvard, the American Philosophical Society, the ACLS, the National Humanities Center, and the Huntington, Newberry, and Folger Shakespeare Libraries. He has lectured at Westminster Abbey, the University of London, the University of Glasgow, as well as in Ghana, Australia, Germany, Barbados, and Rome.

The Schick Lecture Series in Language, Literature and Lexicography began in 1988 and is made possible through a bequest from Joseph S. Schick, professor emeritus of English.

Contact: Keith Byerman, professor of English, department of English, Indiana State University, at 812-237-3208 or

Writer: Bethany Donat, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, at 812-237-3773