Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University will host the annual Russell Jacobs Lecture in Philosophy Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker Dr. Agnes Callard’s topic is “What is Free Speech?” The event is sponsored by the Washburn philosophy & religious studies department. This event is free and open to the public.

      When: Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

      Where: Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on the Washburn University Campus

      Callard is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and author of the book, “Aspiration: The agency of becoming.” She is a regular columnist for “The Point Magazine,” and a frequent contributor to the “New York Times.”

      Emeritus philosophy and religious studies faculty member Russell Jacobs established this lecture upon his retirement. The purpose of the Russell Jacobs Lecture in Philosophy is to bring outstanding philosophers and discussion of their work to Washburn University.


      Founded in 1865, Washburn University is a public institution with more than 6,000 students involved in more than 200 academic programs. Washburn’s programs lead to certification, associate, bachelor, master's degree or doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees.  The programs are offered through Washburn’s six primary academic units – the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Applied Studies, the School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Law and the Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech.)

      All programs are offered on either the 160-acre residential campus in the heart of Topeka, Kan., at Washburn Tech’s campus on Topeka’s west side or in the east Topeka facility. Washburn University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and many of the individual programs have additional accreditations.

      Washburn is ranked best public regional university in Kansas and 14th best public regional university by U.S. News and World Report 2022-2023.

For further information, contact:
Ellie Walker
Public Relations Specialist
Telephone: (785) 670-2154
Cell: (785) 224-7921
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