UConn Law Faculty Workshops to Examine Contemporary Crises

photos of workshop speakers
Speakers who will give presentations at Fall 2020 Faculty Workshops at the UConn School of Law: top row, from left: Tom Baker from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, Rebecca Tsosie from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Rebecca Sandefur from Arizona State University; middle row: India Thusi from the Widener University Delaware Law School, Michele Bratcher Goodwin from the University of California Irvine School of Law, Richard L. Hasen from the University of California Irvine School of Law; bottom row: Sahar Aziz from Rutgers Law School, Jennifer Doleac from Texas A&M University, Tung Ying from Lewis & Clark Law School.

“Navigating Crises” will be the theme of the Fall 2020 Faculty Workshop Series at the UConn School of Law.

The weekly workshops will feature presentations by pre-eminent scholars from around the nation, typically about works in progress, in order to share ideas and foster discussion among faculty members about some of the most serious issues confronting society.

This semester’s theme reflects global concerns about crises, including the COVID-19 epidemic, systemic racism, voting rights and access to justice, as well as other critical issues. The workshops, which will be held by video conference, were organized by Professors Hillary Greene and Willajeanne McLean.

“We are living in extraordinary times and we are excited to have the opportunity to have these very accomplished scholars speak with us about these vitally important issues,” said Leslie Levin, associate dean for research and faculty development. “While we are forced to use the online format for our fall workshops, one silver lining is that it enables us to bring in speakers from all over the country who may otherwise not have the time to travel to Hartford to meet with us for an hour and discuss their work.”

The first workshop in the series will take place on Sept. 2, 2020, with a presentation by India Thusi, an associate professor of law at Widener University Delaware Law School, on her research following the publication of her recent paper, “On Beauty & Policing.” Thusi’s research adopts an anthropological approach to examining the policing and criminalization of race, gender and sexuality.

Other topics will include cancel culture and the re-integration of criminal offenders, institutional racism and historic trauma, and the use of entrapment and sting operations in counterterrorism.

A full schedule is available here.