The Center for Law and Humanities is committed to the interdisciplinary study of law in concert with the fundamental humanistic principles that underpin Western theories of justice. The scholars affiliated with the Center work to bring critical intellectual tools from the humanistic disciplines and the broader arts and sciences to bear on the law in order to understand the evolution of the law, measure the effect of legal developments on society, and explore possible futures for the law emerging from humanistic principles. The Center will invite scholars, legal practitioners, and policymakers of note to speak to the community at large on topics at the intersection of law, humanities, and society. It will also pursue legal and scholarly ventures that further its goals of encouraging critical interdisciplinary study of the law, including periodically publishing scholarly papers, encouraging public discussion of important legal issues, and advancing graduate and undergraduate student research in law and humanities.

Study on Support for Faculty Guiding Undergraduate Research

Dr. Anne Soon Choi of CSUDH, Dr. Crystal S. Anderson of Longwood University, and Dr. Eric Ashley Hairston of the CLH are collaborating on the research project, “Obstacles and Support for Undergraduate Research for Faculty at Liberal Arts and Teaching Comprehensive Universities.” Data collection is complete, and we thank colleagues for their participation.  Information on findings will be available as soon as possible.

Spring Campus Events of Interest

Winter Term Community Seminars
Wednesday, January 9
Alamance Building, 4:45 p.m.

Faculty and staff will host individual university-wide seminars that focus on a topic and short reading chosen for its insightful, thought-provoking or transformative potential. The aim is for faculty, staff and students to examine and learn from critical academic discourse on topics related to one or more of our themes, and then reflect together on the importance of this intellectual work for transforming our campus and communities. Class sizes are limited. Information on all seminars will be available later in fall and sign ups will occur during Spring 2018 class registration period. 

Anita Hill, “From Social Movement to Social Impact: Putting an End to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace”
Thursday, January 10
Alumni Gymnasium, Koury Center, 6 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Address

Attorney, professor of law and advocate for equality and human rights, Anita Hill’s testimony during the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas in 1991 sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment. She continues to work toward increasing parity and protection for women and minorities. Joining leading executives in the entertainment industry, she heads the Hollywood Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace that is examining the patter of sexual abuse in the entertainment industry. Hill notes that the commission is the next step in a “long-overdue journey to adopt best practices and create institutional change that fosters a culture of respect and dignity throughout the industry.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Hill worked for the U.S. Education Department and Equal Opportunity Commission and in 1989 became the first African-American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She is now Professor of Social Policy, Law and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available Monday, November 26 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

The Human Library Project
Tuesday, January 15
Belk  Library, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Human Library Project is designed to create understanding and dialogue across people. Individuals volunteer as “Human Books” and attendees “check out the book,” through one-on-one conversations with the Human Books and shared experiences.  Human Book volunteers represent diverse walks of life and identities across race, religion, family background, sexual orientation, gender, profession, hobbies, class, disability, skill set, and additional aspects of what it means to be human! Elon students, faculty, and staff are welcome (arrangements can be made to bring entire classes). Contact Patrick Rudd at Sponsored by Carole Grotnes Belk Library, the Colonnades Neighborhood Association and Learning Assistance

American Comparative Literature Association 2016

CLH was represented in a co-chaired, three day seminar at the ACLA Annual Meeting at Harvard University, “Adaptation and Cross-Cultural Appropriation.” The diverse, interdisciplinary and international assembly of scholars explored the adaptation of literature, ideas of justice and the appropriation of cultural forms in classical, Islamic, European, Asian, Latin American, U.S., and African and African Diaspora literature, philosophy and film.  The panel encompassed the writings of Aristotle, Averroës, Hafez, Rumi, Byrd, Jefferson, Emerson, Dreiser, Hurston, Borges, Alammedine and Coelho, as well as topical discussions of appropriations of Native American and South Korean cultures and adaptation and appropriation in the contemporary films “A Better Tomorrow,” “Haider,” and “Inception.”

Modern Language Association 2014

CLH offered a presidential theme panel, "Literature, Law and the Possibility of Justice," as part of the MLA Annual Meeting in January 2014. Moderated by Dr. Eric Ashley Hairston, the panel included: Professor Jo Carillo (J.D.) of the UC Hastings School of Law on “Legal Noir,” Professor Peter Jaros (Ph.D.) of Franklin and Marshall University on “Sheppard Lee and Supernatural Law,” and Professor Trinyan Mariano (J.D., Ph.D.) of Rutgers University - New Brunswick on “Houses of Law: Reconfiguring Law and Literature in the Formalist Era.”


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