The Wake Forest Law Review will host its Spring 2014 colloquium – “The Law As Violence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation” – starting on April 10th.  The colloquium is co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Law Review, the Wake Forest Humanities Institute, and Wake’s Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe).  The colloquium will kick off on with a reading from Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip, an acclaimed professional poet, author, and playwright.  The reading will be at 6:30pm in the Byrum Welcome Center auditorium.  It is free and open to the public.

On Friday, April 11th, roundtable discussions will begin at 8:30am in the lower auditorium at Wingate Hall.  The colloquium’s focus will be on the various ways in which law effects violence on all within its purview.  As Robert Cover poignantly put it: “Legal interpretation takes place in a field of pain and death….A judge articulates her understanding of a text, and as a result, somebody loses his freedom, his property, his children, even his life.”  This is an aspect of the law that many of us either forget or do not fully comprehend.

The colloquium will be followed by a free play, Our Country’s Good, at 7:30pm at the Main Stage in the Scales Fine Arts Center. It is open to the public.

The Law As Violence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation
Schedule of Events
8:30 AM Policing Violence and Alternatives
Kami Simmons Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law
and Visiting Professor at University of Maryland,Frances King Carey School of Law
Rima Veseley-Flad Professor at Warren Wilson College
Dean Franco Professor at Wake Forest University
10:00 AM Conceptions of Violence in the Humanities
Audrey Golden Professor at University of Virginia
Richard Schneider Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law
Sarah Higinbotham Professor at Georgia State University
James Martel Professor at San Francisco State University
12:00 PM Break for Lunch
   
1:00 PM “Violence, the Strong State, and the Crisis of
Mass Incarceration”,Keynote Speech, for Stuart Hall, 1932-2014
Jonathan
Simon
Professor at University of California at Berkeley
2:00 PM The Intersection of Law’s Violence with Race and
Poverty
Gregory Parks Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law
Gene Nichol Professor at UNC School of Law
Sarah
Krakoff
Professor at Colorado Law
Lisa Epperson Professor at American University Washington College of
Law
3:30 PM The Law’s Violence in the Every Day
Rebecca
Morrow
Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law
Katherine Federle Professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College
of Law
Andrew
Verstein
Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law
Sidney Shapiro Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law
Vince Cardi Professor at West Virginia University College of Law
and Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University,School of Law
5:30 PM Break for Dinner
7:30 PM Performance of Our Country’s Good at the
MainStage Auditorium in Scales Fine Arts Center
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