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ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF LAW, CULTURE & HUMANITIES CONVENES AT PENN

Over 200 scholars from around the world gathered for 54 sessions at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities at the Law School and throughout the University of Pennsylvania in March. Penn Professor of Law and Philosophy Anita Allen coordinated the three-day conference that presented interdisciplinary panels such as “Memory and Images of Punishment in Medieval Germany;” “On Law and Film as Pedagogy;” “The Decalogue and its Continued Relevance for American Law” for which Penn Professor of Law David A. Skeel, Jr. delivered commentary on Polish director Kryzsztof Kieslowski’s masterpiece series inspired by the Ten Commandments; “The Spectacle of Gender at Trial in the Early Twentieth Century;” “Race and Race Consciousness in Law and Culture;” and “Property and Politics in Everyday Life.” Regina Austin William A. Schnader Professor of Law at Penn was a panelist in the roundtable discussion “The Politics of Race, Representation, and Reparations: Amistad, the Historical Record, and the Role of Law” which examined the historical accuracy of the depiction of slavery in Steven Spielberg’s 1997 film.

BLSA PRESENTS 14TH SADIE ALEXANDER CONFERENCE

Taking as the focus of its examination “The Final Frontier: Ensuring Economic Equality in the New America” the Black Law Students’ Association presented the 14th Annual Sadie T. M. Alexander Conference at the Law School in March. Discussion panels addressed “The Role of Alumni Contributions in Securing Power in Higher Education” and “Reparations: Lost Cause or Required Remedy?” The conference concluded with an awards banquet and dinner at which the Reverend Al Sharpton was the keynote speaker. Sadie T. M. Alexander ED’18, GR’21, L’27, was the first black woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the first black woman to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar. She served on President Harry Truman’s Committee for Human Rights and authored the book To Secure These Rights.

 
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