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

Thursday, February 22
"No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka" film screening
Turner Theatre, Schar Hall, 7 p.m.

This documentary investigates the final weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war. Using harrowing raw footage, this film documents the numerous human rights atrocities that occurred in northern Sri Lanka in 2008-2009, as the Sri Lankan army advanced on positions held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Dr. Mathew Gendle and members of the Periclean Scholars Class of 2019 will lead an informal discussion of the film following the screening. Sponsored by the Periclean Scholars Class of 2019, Project Pericles, and the Elon College Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences

Wednesday, March 7
Civil Conflict in Sri Lanka: Personal Stories
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Sri Lanka experienced an extended period of civil conflict and chaos that began in 1983 and did not officially conclude until 2009. A panel of survivors of the Sri Lankan civil conflict will share their personal stories and experiences.
Sponsored by the Periclean Scholars Class of 2019, Project Pericles, and the Elon College Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences

Thursday, March 29
Cultural "Othering" and Ethnic Conflict in South Asia
Global Media Room, 7:30 p.m.

A panel of experts will trace through the history (emphasizing a South Asian/Sri Lankan context) of the human tendency to “other” persons perceived as different, examine how ethnic tension can lead to conflict, and discuss how such conflicts can be realistically addressed in a positive and constructive way.

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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