Thursday, November 12, 2009
Woman of Interest: Patricia J. Williams
(photo courtesy of of www.drexel.edu)
Inspiration comes to me from the darnedest places...music...books...films...everyday life...presentations by Law professors!
I have know of my Woman of Interest for the week, Patricia J. Williams for years. I knew she was a prominent legal scholar and recipient of the distinguished MacArthur Fellowship. However, it was not until last week that I had the honor of witnessing her genius in person. I went to a panel discussion about the work of Édouard Glissant at my alma mater, NYU. What an amazing evening...I fell in love over and over again with everyone in the room. But Ms. Williams really struck me with her elegant speech, humility and grace. While everyone else on the all-male panel decided to take a more prepared academic approach to their presentation, Ms. Williams just told a story...one which made an impression on everyone in the room. Surely I could go on and on about my geek crush on this amazing woman, but alas I will allow you to find your own way to her greatness!
For more information, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_J._Williams