Northeastern University’s School of Law and College of Social Sciences and Humanities invite you to a lecture and conversation with
University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities
Thursday, October 10, 2019
6:00 PM | Reception to follow.
Northeastern University Alumni Center
716 Columbus Avenue, Sixth Floor
Unthinking the Politics of Fear
Legal regimes premised on fear and denial of human interdependency function as literal dead ends. A world divided into a warren of walled cells is not one in which creativity or kindness or life itself may easily flourish. How then to resurrect foundational notions of civility, vulnerability, amnesty and forbearance in times of great intemperance and blinding trauma? This lecture will invite consideration of how we might build more conciliatory exchange into juridical structures, and make place for the urgent politics of redemptive reconstitution.
Patricia Williams joined the Northeastern University faculty in July 2019. One of the most provocative intellectuals in American law and a pioneer of both the law and literature and critical race theory movements in American legal theory, she has published widely in the areas of race, gender, literature and law. Her books, including The Alchemy of Race and Rights (Harvard University Press), illustrate some of America’s most complex societal problems and challenge our ideas about socio-legal constructs of race and gender. Drawing on her prior interrogation of race, gender and personhood, Professor Williams’ current research raises core questions of individual autonomy and identity in the context of legal and ethical debates on science and technology. A MacArthur Fellowship recipient, she is a regular columnist for The Nation.
Northeastern University School of Law
Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH)