Khiara M. Bridges Law ’02, Ph.D. ’08 does a reading for Human Rights: Culture, a Seminar Performance Project sponsored by the center.
The mission of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia University (CSLC) is to facilitate interdisciplinary study, research, and scholarship on the intersections of law and culture.
Starting from the twin premises that law is a cultural form and that culture carries the regulative force of legal practices and norms, the CSLC seeks to advance a wide range of work in law and culture studies. Embracing an expansive definition of culture as a concept whose boundaries range from the aesthetic to the political, the CSLC supports projects that understand law in a strict institutional or positivist sense, as well as those that approach law more generally as a regime for ordering social life, constructing cultural meaning, and shaping group and individual identities.
CLSC projects emanate from the understanding that law can no longer be adequately analyzed as though it were exogenous to the realm of culture. In keeping with its broad mandate, the CSLC offers an intellectual home for teaching, research, and scholarship across disciplines.
The Columbia Black Law Students Association & the Columbia Journal of Race and Law in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Law and Culture Present
The 2015 Paul Robeson Conference “FROM PROTESTS TO POLITICS” - THEN AND NOW
Friday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11 Columbia Law School Jerome Greene Hall 435 W 116th St New York, NY 10027
The 21st century has seen a series of powerful protests that have garnered international attention: the Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, and, of course, Ferguson. In light of these developments, the 2015 Paul Robeson Conference will seek to honor the 50th anniversary of Bayard Rustin’s seminal work, “From Protest to Politics: The Future of the Civil Rights Movement,” and analyze its ideas about the relationship between grassroots protests and sociopolitical change in light of the current civil rights landscape in several different arenas.
The Conference will begin on Friday, April 10, with an opening roundtable and continue on Saturday, April 11 all day. A light breakfast and refreshments throughout the day will be provided on Saturday.
THE 2015 ANNUAL PAUL ROBESON LECTURE RACE, RIGHTS & THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA
with guest Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Missed it, or want to take in this inspiring talk again? Watch a video recording of the lecture below:
Thursday, February 12, 2015 6:00PM - 8:00PM
The 2015 Paul Robeson Lecture is part of a year long series of programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This year we welcome Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
The Robeson Lecture is a highlight of the programming year for the Center for the Study of Law and Culture. The lecture was established to remember the actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson, who graduated from Columbia Law School in 1923. Past lecturers have included Angela Y. Davis, Cornel West, K. Anthony Appiah, Johnetta Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Penelope Andrews, Albie Sachs and Manning Marable.
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Sherrilyn Ifill is President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) the nation's premier civil rights law organization. Her career has been committed to civil rights law, first as a fellow at the ACLU and then as a young litigator at the LDF, which she now leads. For 20 years Ms. Ifill was a tenured Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she taught a variety of courses, and continued to litigate and consult on a broad and diverse range of civil rights cases with her students. Ifill is an author and a frequent media commentator on matters involving race and civil rights.
Ms. Ifill has served on the board of the Open Society Foundation for 10 years, first in Baltimore, then on the U.S. Programs board, which she chaired for 2 years. She is now a member of the global board of the Foundation. Ms. Ifill is a graduate of Vassar College, and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.
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