Faculty Workshops to Examine Contemporary Crises

Faculty Workshops to Examine Contemporary Crises
September 2, 2020

"Navigating Crises" will be the theme of the Fall 2020 Faculty Workshop Series at the UConn School of Law.  

The weekly workshops will feature presentations by pre-eminent scholars from around the nation, typically about works in progress, in order to share ideas and foster discussion among faculty members about some of the most serious issues confronting society. 

This semester's theme reflects global concerns about crises, including the COVID-19 epidemic, systemic racism, voting rights and access to justice, as well as other critical issues. The workshops, which will be held by video conference, were organized by Professors Hillary Greene and Willajeanne McLean. 

“We are living in extraordinary times and we are excited to have the opportunity to have these very accomplished scholars speak with us about these vitally important issues,” said Leslie Levin, associate dean for research and faculty development. “While we are forced to use the online format for our fall workshops, one silver lining is that it enables us to bring in speakers from all over the country who may otherwise not have the time to travel to Hartford to meet with us for an hour and discuss their work.” 

The first workshop in the series will take place on Sept. 2, 2020, with a presentation by India Thusi, an associate professor of law at Widener University Delaware Law School, on her research following the publication of her recent paper, "On Beauty & Policing.”  Thusi’s research adopts an anthropological approach to examining the policing and criminalization of race, gender and sexuality.  

Other topics will include cancel culture and the re-integration of criminal offenders, institutional racism and historic trauma, and the use of entrapment and sting operations in counterterrorism. 

 A full schedule is available here.