"Guns in America" subject of panel discussion at WWS, April 7
Audience:Open to the Public
The Woodrow Wilson School will host a panel discussion titled "Guns in America" at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. Panelists will include Peter Brooks, a lecturer of Comparative Literature at Princeton University's Center for Human Values and a Mellon Visiting Professor; James Jacobs, the Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts and Director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice at New York University School of Law; and Nicholas Johnson, a Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. Stanley Katz, a Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School will moderate the panel.
This event is being held in conjunction with the exhibit “Guns in America” in the Bernstein Gallery which features the work of photographer Kyle Cassidy. A public reception will follow the discussion in the gallery.
Peter Brooks is the beneficiary of a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award and will over the next three years direct a university wide seminar, open to students and faculty on “The Ethics of Reading and the Cultures of Professionalism.” Before coming to Princeton, Brooks was Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University, where he began teaching in 1965. He was the Founding Director of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale.
James Jacobs’ areas of research include the construction, dissemination and consequence of criminal records, fraud, gun control, hate crime, organized crime, political corruption and the privatization of criminal justice. His publications include Mobsters, Unions and Feds: The Mafia and the American Labor Movement (NYU Press, 2006); Can Gun Control Work? (Oxford University Press, 2002); Gotham Unbound: How NYC Was Liberated From the Grip of Organized Crime (New York University Press, 1999) (with Coleen Friel and Robert Raddick); Hate Crime: Criminal Law and Identity Politics (Oxford University Press, 1998) (with Kimberly Potter) and The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity: How Corruption Control Makes Government Ineffective (University of Chicago Press, 1996) (with Frank Anechiarico).
Nicholas Johnson received his J.D. in 1984 from Harvard Law School. He practiced law with King and Spalding, Morgan Louis and Bockius and was of Counsel to Kirkpatrick and Lockhart. He was a principle and General Counsel to Westar Environmental Corporation and Professor of Legal Studies in Business at Franklin and Marshall College. He joined the Fordham faculty in 1993. Johnson teaches and writes in the areas of contracts, uniform commercial code, environmental law, legal process and gun control law and policy and federalism.
Stanley Katz is president emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies. His recent research focuses upon the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime. He is also a commentator on higher education policy. Formerly Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University, Katz is a scholar of American legal and constitutional history, and on philanthropy and non-profit institutions. He is the editor of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States and of the Encyclopedia of Legal History (OUP, 2009).
This event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. It is free and open to the public.