Professor Robert Pepperman Taylor, Department of Political Science

Since its publication in 1849, Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” has influenced protestors, activists, and political thinkers all over the world, including Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Professor Taylor will address the question: What does Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience” still have to teach us more than a century and a half after it was first published?

Bob Pepperman Taylor joined the University of Vermont Department of Political Science in 1986.  He teaches courses in political theory and the history of political thought.  His publications include seven books, most recentlyThe Routledge Guidebook to Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience, and the new Broadview edition of Civil Disobedience(forthcoming).  His awards include the University of Vermont Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Award, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, the 2016-17 University Scholar Award, and the 2016 UVM George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award.  

The Dean’s Lecture Series was established in 1991 as a way to recognize and honor colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences who have consistently demonstrated the ability to translate their professional knowledge and skill into exciting classroom experiences for their students – faculty who meet the challenge of being both excellent teachers and highly respected professionals in their own discipline.  The Award is a celebration of the unusually high quality of our faculty and has become an important and treasured event each semester. 


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