[PAST EVENT] Symposium Honoring Patricia J. Williams, James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia Law School

March 22, 2019
10am - 3pm
Sadler Center, Chesapeake A
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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Patricia Williams, Courtesy of The Harvard Gazette
Patricia Williams, Courtesy of The Harvard Gazette

Join us on Friday, March 22, 2019, for a symposium in honor of critical race and legal theorist Patricia J. Williams, the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. The program will open with a keynote address by Professor Williams exploring the trajectory of her intellectual agenda and its future destinations.

Keynote: “Suggestions for Survival: An Immodest Proposal” by Patricia J. Williams, James L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia University

The keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion consisting of a new generation of scholars who will comment upon the profound influence that Professor Williams’ work has had on their on their own theoretical interventions and scholarship.

Panelists include:

Khiara L. Bridges, Professor of Law and Anthropology, Boston University

La Marr Jurelle Bruce, Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

Kara Thompson, Associate Professor of English and American Studies, William & Mary

A question-and-answer period will follow the panel discussion, along with remarks from Professor Williams. Refreshments and lunch will be served.

Patricia Williams is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She has served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin School of Law, City University of New York Law School, and Golden Gate University School of Law. Williams was a fellow at the School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth College, as well as at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Professor Williams practiced as deputy city attorney for the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney and as staff lawyer for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. She is published widely in the areas of race, gender, and law, and on other issues of legal theory and legal writing. Her books include The Alchemy of Race and Rights; The Rooster's Egg; and Seeing a ColorBlind Future: The Paradox of Race.

Williams has also been a columnist for The Nation.

This event has been generously  sponsored by 100 Years of Women at William & Mary, the Dean of Arts & Sciences, American Studies, Africana Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, the Department of History, the Department of English, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.