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Local map and nearby hotels
Schedule of events
Registration form
Conference brochure

Monday, March 3, 2008

local map and nearby hotels (click to enlarge)

Schedule of events

8:15-9:00 Check in & Registration
Continental Breakfast.

9:00-10:15 First Set of Panels

Panel I: Justice Beyond Law (Room 636)
Panel Chair: Bettina Carbonell, John Jay College
   Dianna George, Carleton University, Canada, “Bear Experience: the power of ursus major in Cree life.”
   Brian Lockey, St. John’s University, “Equitie to measure: Conscience among the Amazons in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene.
   Mina Suk, Johns Hopkins University, "Mercy's Madness: Spectatorship in St. Augustine's Confessions."

Panel II: Crime & Fiction (Library Classroom)
Panel Chair: Caroline Reitz, John Jay College
   Lynn Penrod, University of Alberta, “What We Learn About Culture When We Talk About Procedure: Italian Police Procedurals and Their Place in Contemporary Italian Culture.”
   John Barton, University of Missouri-Kansas City, “Antebellum Crime Fiction and the Anti-Gallows Movement.”
   Neil C. Sargent, Carleton University (Department of Law), Ottawa, Canada "Truth, Justice and Method: The Representation of Rationality in the Fictional Worlds of Sherlock Holmes and Sam Spade."

Panel III: Rights, Power & Resistance (Room 630)
Panel Chair: Allison Pease, John Jay College
   Monica Lott, The University of Akron, “Funeral Practices of the 1930s and the Resultant Power Structures as Reflected in The Grapes of Wrath.
   Chris Brown, University of Maryland, "'In the Name of Many Slaves': The Right to Petition and the Beginning of the Black Literary Tradition."
   Alicia Mischa Renfroe, Middle Tennessee State University, "Leaving Justice to Chance: Gendered Justice in Edith Wharton's The Reef."

10:15-10:30 Coffee/Tea Break

10:30-11:45: Second Set of Panels/Discussions

Panel I: Law & Society (Room 636)
Panel Chair: Professor Kyoo Lee, John Jay College
   Thomas O. Beebee, Pennsylvania State University, “Can Law-and-Humanities Survive Systems Theory?”
   Sinkwan Cheng, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, “Rethinking Autonomy and Heteronomy in a Global Context: Paul, Hegel, Badiou, and Confucius on the Fulfillment of the Law.”
   Bennett Capers, Hofstra Law School, “On Justitia, Race, Gender, and Blindness.”

Panel II: Staging the Law (Room 630)
Panel Chair: Margaret Tabb, John Jay College
   Dwight Watson, Wabash College, "The Lawyer as Storyteller: Modes of Persuasion in the Courtroom and on the Stage."
   Harry Keyishian, Director, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, “Shakespeare, Genre, and Punishment Theory.”
   Robin Stewart, UC Irvine, “Richard II and the English Constitution: A Literary-Legal Casebook.”

Roundtable: Teaching Literature and Law to Undergraduates: Methods and Objectives (Library Classroom)
Panelists: TBA

11:45-12:45: Lunch (Room 610)

12:45-1:00 Address by President Jeremy Travis, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Room 630)

1:00-1:30 (Room 630)
Professor Chris Suggs, John Jay College: Introductory Remarks
Professor Richard Weisberg, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Topic: TBA

1:30-1:45 Break

1:45-3:00 Third Set of Panels/Discussions

Panel I: Comparative Law (Room 630)
Panel Chair: TBA
   Basuli Deb, Quinnipiac University, “Macaulay, Manu, and Writing Justice for Indian Women: Marital Rape in the Life Writings of Phoolan Devi.”
   Patrick Lenta, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, “Law, Police, Violence: Subject Formation and Resistance in Bloke Modisane’s Blame.
   Oluwole Coker, University of Ibadan, Nigeria , and Adesina Coker, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, “Folklore As ‘Folklaw’ In Yoruba Indigenous Epistemology.”

Panel II: Law, Nation & Empire (Library Classroom)
Panel Chair: Professor Chris Suggs, John Jay College
   Peter Leman, University of California, Irvine, "Lex Britannica: Empire, Positive Law, and Augusta Webster’s The Sentence."
   Edward Plough, Purdue University, "Shakespearean Idiots and Prerogativa Regis: A Study of the Connection Between Elizabethan Law and Shakespeare's Poetic Strategy."
   Yofi Tirosh, New York University Law School, "Narratives of Law and Hard Times: How Judicial Conceptions of the Nation's Time Shape the Law."

Roundtable: Literature and Law: What Texts Should We Be Using? (English Department Conference Room – Room 1281, North Hall)
Panelists: TBA

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:15: Keynote Address (Room 630)
Professor Brook Thomas, UC Irvine, "The Legal and Literary Complexities of US Citizenship around 1900."

4:15-5:15: Reception: Sponsored by Law and Literature Journal (Room 610)

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Registration (please tick as appropriate)

____ Full registration (includes lunch and reception) $60
____ Graduate student registration $25
____ Late registration (for forms received after April 1, 2008) $70

If you are arriving in town on Thursday afternoon April 10th, and would like to be considered for tickets to either the Daily Show or the Colbert Report, please check one of the following boxes. Due to the recent settlement of the entertainment writers’ strike, we may be unable to obtain tickets—we are trying.

All payments must be made by check.
Please make checks payable to: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Unfortunately John Jay cannot accept Credit Card payments for conference registration.
However, participants from outside the U.S. may pay by cash at the conference registration desk.

Please return this form to:

Andrew Majeske
Department of English
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
445 W. 59th Street, Room 1285
New York, New York 10019

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