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Patricia Williams — When Not to Write like a Lawyer: The Art of Genre Transgression

  • Townsend Center for the Humanities Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall (map)

Patricia Williams, the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, is a scholar of race, gender, and law. A prolific writer across a variety of genres, she is the author of The Alchemy of Race and Rights, which was named by the Voice Literary Supplement as one of the twenty-five best books of 1991, and by Ms. magazine as one of the “feminist classics of the last twenty years.” Other books include Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (1998) and Open House: Of Family, Food, Piano Lessons, and the Search for a Room of My Own (2004). She is a columnist for the Nation.

Williams talks with Ramona Naddaff, associate professor of Rhetoric and director of Art of Writing. Watch live on the Art of Writing Facebook page!

Read samples of Williams' work here:

  1.  "On Being the Object of Property," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 14, no. 1 (Autumn, 1988): 5-24.
  2.  "Intimate Justice,"  The Times Literary Supplement, January 2, 2018.  
  3. "Roy Moore Isn't The Only One Who Thinks Dating Kids Is Fine," The Nation Magazine, December 13, 2017.