Social Critic Patricia J. Williams to Talk at RIT as Part of Gannett Lecture Series, Oct. 18

The event is free and open to the public

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Lawyer and cultural critic Patricia J. Williams will visit Rochester Institute of Technology as part of the Caroline Werner Gannett Project “Visionaries in Motion.”

Williams, the James L. Rohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, will give her talk “Conjoined Identities and the Corporatized Body,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, in Webb Auditorium of the James E. Booth Building. An earlier event—a Colloquium on Patricia J. Williams—will take place at 4:15 p.m. in the B. Thomas Golisano College for Computing and Information Sciences auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.

The granddaughter of a slave and a white southern lawyer, Williams is an imaginative critical theorist of race, class, gender and feminist jurisprudence in her books and in her column, “Diary of a Mad Lawyer,” a regular feature in The Nation.

She has also served on the Advisory Council for the Medgar Evers Center for Law and Social Justice at the City University of New York and on the board of governors for the Society of American Law Teachers.

Williams wrote the acclaimed Alchemy of Race and Rights, The Rooster’s Egg, Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race and, most recently, Open House: On Family Food, Friends, Piano Lessons and The Search for a Room of My Own.

For more information about the Gannett Project, visit