The general public has a unique opportunity to hear nationally- renowned scholars during five free public events beginning the week of January 7 at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i. The events are planned as part of J-Term – which includes short intensive seminars in January by outstanding visiting scholars.
On Monday, January 14, from 4:30-6 p.m. in CR2, Prof. Jerome Cohen of New York University School of Law will discuss China’s criminal justice system, reflecting in particular on the escape from house arrest last April of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng.
Cohen played a key role in the negotiations that enabled Chen to come to the U.S., deflecting a potentially damaging diplomatic crisis on the eve of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit to China.
The other public events include:
- Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 5:40 p.m. in CR2: Film showing of the Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary, ‘The House I Live In,’ about the war on drugs. It features the Hon. Mark W. Bennett from the Northern Iowa Federal District Court..
- Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 11:10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Classroom 5: Prof. Marjorie Shultz will lecture on national health policy, including a discussion about law and bio-medical ethics. She examines policy changes that have paced changes in medicine, particularly with advances in technology. In the mid-1990s she was a member of the Clinton Legal Review Group and she also served on the first advisory board for the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health.
- Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in CR3: A special presentation by art historian/photographer/curator Joan Lebold Cohen on “How Chinese is Chinese Contemporary Art?” Her book, “New Chinese Painting, 1949-1986,” was the first to introduce a new generation of artists after the Cultural Revolution. Her talk is co-sponsored by the Law School and the Center for Chinese Studies.
- Monday, January 14, 12 noon to 1 p.m., Moot Court Room: Harvard Law School Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History, the 2008 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, and a MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant in 2010, will talk about recent projects. She is the 2013 Frank Boas Visiting Harvard professor, and her visit is sponsored by a generous grant from Boas.