Patricia J. Williams
Professor of Law, Columbia University

Patricia J. Williams participated in the World Leaders Forum event, The Conversations Series: Improvisation in Everyday Life, in September 2007.

Patricia J. Williams, professor of law at Columbia University, holds a BA from Wellesley College and a JD from Harvard Law School. She was a fellow in the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College 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 on the board of governors for the Society of American Law Teachers. Her publications include Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave, On Being the Object of Property, The Electronic Transformation of Law, and And We Are Not Married: A Journal of Musings on Legal Language and the Ideology of Style.

Williams's The Alchemy of Race and Rights was named one of the 25 best books of 1991 by the Village Voice Literary Supplement, and one of the "feminist classics of the last 20 years" that "literally changed women's lives," by Ms. Magazine's 20th Anniversary Edition. She is also author of The Rooster's Egg (Harvard, 1995), Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (Reith Lectures, 1997) (Noonday Press, 1998) and, most recently, Open House: On Family Food, Friends, Piano Lessons and The Search for a Room of My Own (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2004), a collection of personal stories, essays, anecdotes, and autobiography.

In 2000, Williams was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship. According to the citation, "her voice has created a new form of legal writing and scholarship that integrates personal narrative, critical and literary theory, traditional legal doctrine, and empirical and sociological research." She also was the first winner of the Ida B. Wells Journalism Award in 2002, given to a journalist who exemplifies courage in reporting on racial inequity and injustice in the United States, for her column in The Nation, "Diaries of a Mad Law Professor."



Participated In

The Conversations Series: Improvisation in Everyday Life

Date: September 25, 2007 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Low Memorial Library
Co-sponsored by the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University
the guiding premise of the series is that the study of improvisation can
present a new animating paradigm for scholarly inquiry in the humanities, arts
and the social, political and natural sciences.