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Legal Humanities Panel: The Futures of Legal Humanities

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Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
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Feb 10, 2022   7:30 pm  
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Humanities Research Institute
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Join us for a Zoom panel discussion featuring Carmen Gonzalez (Law, Loyola University Chicago), A. Naomi Paik (Criminology, Law, & Justice and Global Asian Studies, University of Illinois Chicago), Heidi Hurd (Law and Philosophy) and Richard Ross (Law and History). Register to attend


Carmen G. Gonzalez is a Morris I. Leibman Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is an expert in international environmental law, environmental justice, human rights and the environment, and food security.

Professor Gonzalez has taught at numerous prestigious academic institutions around the globe and has participated in environmental law capacity projects in Asia, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, a Visiting Professor at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China, and a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow. She later served as the George Soros Visiting Chair at the Central European University School of Public Policy in Budapest, Hungary, and as the Norton Rose Fulbright Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. In 2019, she was recognized by Vermont Law School as its Distinguished International Environmental Law Scholar.

A. Naomi Paik is the author of Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the 21st Century (2020, University of California Press) and Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II (2016, UNC Press; winner, Best Book in History, AAAS 2018; runner-up, John Hope Franklin prize for best book in American Studies, ASA, 2017), as well as articles, opinion pieces, and interviews in a range of academic and public-facing venues. She is developing a project, "Sanctuary for All," that calls for the most capacious conception of sanctuary, one that brings together migrant and environmental justice. She is co-chair of the Radical History Review editorial collective and has co-edited three special issues of the journal—“Militarism and Capitalism (Winter 2019), “Radical Histories of Sanctuary” (Fall 2019), and “Policing, Justice, and the Radical Imagination” (Spring 2020)—and will coedit “Alternatives to the Anthropocene” with Ashley Dawson (Winter 2023). Collaborating with Gerry Cadava and Cat Ramirez, she coedits the “Borderlands” section of Public Books. She is an associate professor of Criminology, Law, and Justice and Global Asian Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a member of the Migration Scholars Collaborative. Her research and teaching interests include comparative ethnic studies; U.S. imperialism; U.S. militarism; social and cultural approaches to legal studies; transnational and women of color feminisms; carceral spaces; and labor, race, and migration.

A scholar and teacher in the areas of criminal law, torts, environmental law, environmental ethics, and moral, legal, and political philosophy, Heidi M. Hurd spent the first twelve years of her career at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she became a Full Professor, served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and cofounded and directed the Penn Institute for Law and Philosophy. During those years she was also a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia Law School and the University of Iowa Philosophy Department, and she spent several summers teaching law and political theory in Hungary, Germany, and Ukraine. Professor Hurd moved to the University of Illinois in 2002, becoming the eleventh Dean at the College of Law and the David C. Baum Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy. Now the Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law and Professor of Philosophy, Professor Hurd has since held four separate six-month Visiting Research Fellowships at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia; she has taught in the Soros Foundation Summer Seminar Series that has alternated between Lviv, Ukraine and the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia; and she has been a Visiting Professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business (in the Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics), the University of Alabama School of Law, the University of Tel Aviv School of Law, the Uganda Christian University School of Law, the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg Program for American Studies, and the FGV-Sao Paulo Law School in Brazil.

Professor Hurd has written numerous anthologized book chapters, peer-reviewed philosophical essays, and articles that have appeared in the nation’s top law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the University of Chicago Legal Forum, Law and Philosophy, and Legal Theory, among many others. She is the author of Moral Combat (Cambridge University Press, 1999) (which was recently celebrated in the Twenty-Year Anniversary Symposium on Heidi M. Hurd’s Moral Combat, 14 Problema (2020)) and the editor of Moral Puzzles and Legal Perplexities (Cambridge University Press, 2018). With her Illinois Law colleague Ralph Brubaker, she has a contract with Oxford University Press for a book on the moral underpinnings of personal bankruptcy entitled The Virtue of Bankruptcy. She has given over 150 lectures and paper presentations across the United States, Canada, the U.K., Europe, Central America, and South America, as well as at universities in the Middle East, Africa, East Asia, and Australia, and she has provided testimony before the United States House Committee on the Judiciary on proposed criminal legislation.

Richard Ross is the David C. Baum Professor of Law and Professor of History. His scholarship focuses on early American legal history in comparative perspective. He has written several pieces contrasting the British and Spanish New World empires. He is currently working on a monograph entitled The American Rule of Law: A Comparative History. Ross is founder and director of the Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History. Every year or two, the Symposium presents a conference that gathers law professors, historians, and social scientists to explore a particular topic in comparative legal history in the early modern period.

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