Race, Law and Social Justice: An Introduction | DEMOS21

This is a virtual event on Zoom | Registration is mandatory
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 10:35

The Center for Critical Democracy Studies at The American University of Paris and Professor Miranda Spieler invite you to the first symposium of a 7-part series on "Race, Law and Justice."

A text-driven conversation open to all AUP students that explores legal narratives and legal historical writing on the topic of race, social inequality, and the pursuit of social justice. social hierarchy. The discussion will be led by Professor Michelle Kuo and Professor Miranda Spieler. Readings for this two-hour discussion of classic texts include excerpts from Patricia Williams, THE ALCHEMY OF RACE AND RIGHTS; from Robert Cover, JUSTICE ACCUSED: ANTISLAVERY AND THE JUDICIAL PROCESS.

Prof. Miranda Spieler

Miranda Spieler is an associate professor of history at the American University of Paris. She is the author of Empire and Underworld: Captivity in French Guiana (Harvard University Press, 2012), which received the American Historical Society’s George Mosse prize and J. Russell Major Prize. Her work-in-progress, Slaves in Paris, reconstructs the lives of slaves and masters using hitherto undiscovered archival materials to construct a global history of Old Regime Paris as an imperial capital. Her scholarship is particularly concerned with the meaning of personhood, the architecture of legal space, and the role of law in enabling state violence.

Prof. Michelle Kuo

Michelle Kuo is an associate professor of History, Law, and Society at the American University of Paris. Her book, Reading with Patrick (2017, Random House) explores incarceration, racial inequality, and literacy in the rural South. It was the runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. In her work as a lawyer, Michelle has clerked for a federal judge for the Ninth Circuit and defended incarcerated and undocumented people. Currently she is a pro bono attorney for the Stanford Three Strikes Project and recently helped found a nonprofit that creates a global network of formerly incarcerated people. 

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