Professor Patricia Williams Is UNH’s 2006 MLK Celebration Speaker
By Lori Wright, Media Relations
The University of New Hampshire welcomes Columbia University law professor
Patricia Williams as the keynote speaker for its 2006 Martin Luther
King Jr. Celebration Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006.
graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, Williams has
served on faculties of the University of Wisconsin School of Law,
Harvard University's Women's Studies Program, and the City University
of New York Law School at Queen's College. She has held fellowships
at the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College, the
Humanities Research Institute of the University of California at
Irvine, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
at Stanford University. She is the recipient of the MacArthur foundation
This year’s celebration, “Lift EVERY Voice,” kicks
off with a Spiritual Celebration Tuesday,
Jan. 31, 2006, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Durham Community Church. On
Wednesday, Feb. 1, UNH will hold an Educational Panel from 2 to
4 p.m., MUB Strafford Room, to discuss “Civil Rights in an
Era of Civil Wrongs: Exploring Contemporary Threats to Democracy.”
The keynote address, “Women’s Voices and Civil Rights”
with Williams follows from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Paul Creative
Arts Center, Johnson Theatre.
“For the third year, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
is being planned in community with students, staff, and faculty.
This year's theme, "Lift EVERY Voice," demonstrates how
all voices are important and needed in all civil rights movements,”
said Irene Kao, multicultural coordinator for the Office of Multicultural
Student Affairs and chair of the celebration planning committee.
Before entering academia, Williams practiced law as a consumer advocate
and deputy city attorney for the City of Los Angeles and as a staff
attorney for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. She serves on
the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights, NOW Legal Defense
and Education Fund and the Society of American Law Teachers.
She has authored numerous articles for scholarly journals and popular
magazines and newspapers including USA Today, Harvard Law Review,
Tikkun, the New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Ms. magazine,
and the Village Voice. Her book, “The Alchemy of Race
and Rights,” was named one of the 25 best books of 1991 by
the Voice Literary Supplement and one of the "feminist classics
of the last 20 years" that "literally changed women's
lives," by Ms. magazine's Twentieth Anniversary Edition. Her
newest book is titled “Open House: Of Family, Friends, Food,
Piano Lessons, and a Search for a Room of My Own.” It is a
personal collection of stories, essays, anecdotes, and biography.
She also has authored “Seeing a Color-Blind Future,”
and “The Rooster's Egg,” and writes the column “Diary
of a Mad Law Professor” for The Nation.