Thomas Dumm, a professor of political ethics at Amherst College, will deliver the 2016 Will Barnet Lecture Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the downtown Farnsworth Art Museum. Admission is $8, $5 for museum members.

In 1989, artist Will Barnet published a book, “The World in a Frame,” with a series of drawings around the subject of Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Barnet's respect and love for Dickinson's poetry sing from the 46 drawings reproduced in this book. From his portraits of the artist ("To pity those that know her not/Is helped by the regret/That those who know her, know her less/The nearer her they get") to his drawing of a cricket on a blade of grass ("But witness for her land,/And witness for her sea,/The cricket is her utmost/Of elegy to me") to his picture of a tree full of crows ("The saddest noise, the sweetest noise,/The maddest noise that grows, –/The birds, they make it in the spring,/At night's delicious close"), Barnet captures the essence of the poet's work.

In this lecture, Dumm will revisit this collection in order to reflect further on the theme of home in Barnet’s work. Dumm first became acquainted with Barnet and his paintings in 2008. When they met, Dumm and Barnet began a friendship and dialogue that lasted until the painter's death in 2012, at the age of 101.

Dumm’s most recent book, “My Father’s House: On Will Barnet’s Paintings” (Duke, 2014), is devoted to understanding the uncanny notion of home through Barnet’s artworks. Dumm currently is completing a book manuscript on the subject of the politics of home. At Amherst since 1985, he has taught courses on American politics, American political thought, contemporary political theory, liberalism and political theory and film. He is the author of six books, including “Loneliness as a Way of Life,” “A Politics of the Ordinary, Michel Foucault and the Politics of Freedom,” and “Democracy and Punishment: Disciplinary Origins of the United States.”

Advance lecture tickets are for sale in the museum store or main lobby admission desk. Will-call tickets purchased here will be available for pick-up day-of lecture at the main admissions desk.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.