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Patricia Williams in Conversation with Ramona Naddaff: When Not to Write Like a Lawyer: The Art of Genre Transgression

Lecture | September 14 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall


Townsend Center for the Humanities


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.

A graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, Williams began her career practicing law as a consumer advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty, and as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000.

Williams talks with Ramona Naddaff, associate professor of Rhetoric and director of Art of Writing.


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