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The Need for More Room in the Room for Debate

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Prominent academics Prof Patricia Williams and Dr Nicola Rollock will lead our next event on 19 February in London.

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Renowned American academic and legal scholar Prof Patricia Williams will deliver the keynote lecture at the next Black Female Intellectuals project event in London on 19 February.

The event, which takes place on 19 February at the London School of Economics and Political Science, will be chaired by Dr Nicola Rollock, who will also lead a question and answer session with Prof Williams.

Titled ‘The Need for More Room in the Room for Debate’, Prof Williams said of the lecture: “The metaphors of civic belonging are vexed. We speak of ‘sitting down at the table together’ and of ‘all being in the room’ when we envision diversity of viewpoint in democratic projects. We imagine working together in collaborative space and real time. Yet political bodies, corporate bodies, civic bodies, operate according to the same rules that mark, rank, divide and exclude our embodied selves from schools, jobs, safe spaces.

“This lecture will undress some of the ideological and technological ordering systems - of race, gender, class, nationalism and presumed genetic superiority - that are driving heightened disparities in local, institutional, and global affairs.”

Prof Williams, one of the most provocative intellectuals in American law and a pioneer of both the law and literature and critical race theory movements in American legal theory, holds a joint appointment at Northeastern University between the School of Law and the Department of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

She has published widely in the areas of race, gender, literature and law. Her books, including The Alchemy of Race and Rights (Harvard University Press, 1991), illustrate some of America’s most complex societal problems and challenge our ideas about socio-legal constructs of race and gender.

The Alchemy of Race and Rights was named one of the 25 best books of 1991 by the Voice Literary Supplement; one of the “feminist classics of the last 20 years” that “literally changed women’s lives” by Ms. magazine; and one of the 10 best non-fiction books of the decade by Amazon.com. Prof Williams’ other books include The Rooster’s Egg, Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race and Open House: On Family, Food, Piano Lessons, and The Search for a Room of My Own.

Prof Williams has authored hundreds of essays, book reviews and articles for leading journals, popular magazines and newspapers, including the Guardian, Ms., The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Washington Post. She authors a widely read monthly column in The Nation under the name The Mad Law Professor.

She has held fellowships at Dartmouth, Harvard, the University of California, and Stanford University, and previously served as the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She has received awards from the American Educational Studies Association and the National Organization for Women, among others. In 2019, she was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2000, Prof Williams was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.

Prof Williams’ current research agenda includes three books in progress: The Complete Mad Law Professor (compilation of The Nation columns - forthcoming 2019); The Talking Helix (focused on bioethics and genetics - forthcoming 2020); and Gathering the Ghosts (a literary and historical text based on Professor Williams’ family archival materials - draft manuscript). In addition, she is working on a documentary film that knits together a narratively linked series of video images about the deaths of unarmed citizens beginning with Trayvon Martin.

The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session with Prof Williams, chaired by Dr Nicola Rollock. Dr Rollock is an academic, consultant and public speaker specialising in racial justice in education and the workplace. She was appointed, at the start of 2019, as the Specialist Adviser to the Home Affairs’ Select Committee inquiry - the Macpherson Report 20 Years On - which is examining whether there has been progress in meeting the 70 recommendations published in 1999.

Her most recent research examines the career experiences and strategies of UK Black female Professors, the findings of which were widely covered in the press including WonkHE, The Guardian, Stylist magazine and British Vogue.

Dr Rollock is a member of the Wellcome Trust’s Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group and the British Science Association’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group. She is also a judge for the JP Morgan sponsored ‘Stories of Black Leadership’ series which showcases successful Black female leaders and for the Powerlist of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage.

The lecture takes place from 6.30-8pm on Wednesday 19 February, at the Workspace 2, LSE Life, LSE Library (ground floor), London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE. Those wishing to attend must register in advance on Eventbrite.

Project website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/black-female-intellectuals/events/-/asset_publisher/XPse1WN9tID3/content/the-need-for-more-room-in-the-room-for-debate

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