Respected author and educator to present
URI's Seventh Annual Lecture on Multiculturalism
KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 18, 2001 -- Patricia J. Williams, respected
author, educator, scholar, and social activist, will present the University
of Rhode Island's Seventh Annual Lecture on Multiculturalism. Williams will
speak on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Edward's Auditorium.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
She currently teaches courses on commercial law, contracts, and jurisprudence
at Columbia University Law School.
A columnist with The Nation, Williams has published widely in
both scholarly journals and the press, including The New York Times,
The Village Voice, and The New Yorker. Her writings focus on
race, gender and law, and on the issues of legal theory and writing. Among
her published books are The Rooster's Egg, Seeing a Color-Blind Future:
The Paradox of Race, and the widely acclaimed autobiographical The
Alchemy of Race & Right: Diary of a Law Professor.
Williams maintains an active speaking schedule and appears frequently
on programs like "All Things Considered" and "Fresh Air with
Terri Gross" (NPR), "The Lehrer Newshour" (PBS), "The
Today Show" (NBC), as well as foreign radio and television programs.
She has also appeared in a number of documentary films, including "That
Rush!" which she wrote and narrated.
The great-great-granddaughter of a slave and a white southern lawyer,
Williams has joined Harvard University professor Cornel West and other prominent
academics in calling for a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Philadelphia
radio journalist on death row for a murder conviction.
Before entering academia, she practiced law as a consumer advocate in
the office of the Deputy City Attorney in Los Angeles, and has served on
the advisory council for the Medgar Evers Center for Law and Social Justice
of the City University of New York, and the Board of Governors for the Society
of American Law Teachers. She is a member of the State Bar of California
and the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
A prestigious MacArthur Fellow, Williams earned a bachelor's degree
from Wellesley College and a law degree from Harvard. Williams has held
faculty appointments at the University of Wisconsin School of Law, the City
University of New York Law School at Queens College and Golden Gate University
School of Law. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and
Stanford University and a visiting scholar at Duke University and at Stanford's
Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
For Information: Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116, Jennifer Smith,