Ethics of Reading Seminars and Lectures

Peter Brooks, Director

This series explores what the interpretive humanities—specifically a certain tradition of attentive or close reading—may offer to those engaged in the cultures and discourses of professionalism and professional education in the fields of law, religion, architecture and urbanism, among others.

The program takes its inspiration from the conviction that the study of poetry, broadly defined— and the study of what we are doing and learning when we attend closely to textual language—is a form of knowledge crucially important in the world now. Learning to read and interpret rigorously, with a sense of textual constraint as well as imaginative potential, should be —and, rightly conducted, usually is—an ethical project.

The program consists of seminars and lectures designed to bring faculty and graduate students from different fields together to read a small corpus of assigned texts, and to discuss and analyze more broadly the role of reading and interpretation in their respective fields. The overarching question informing the program’s offerings is how the practice of reading closely, critically, creatively and, ultimately, responsibly intersects with the rhetoric and cultures of professionalism.

For more information, readings, and dates of seminars, please visit: http://www.princeton.edu/~ereading
(All reading materials available on the website.)

Cosponsors: Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA), Department of Comparative Literature, Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation along with Princeton University


Guilt and Detection

Wed, Sep 13, 2017,
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
301 Marx Hall

David Luban (Georgetown Law School): Guilt and Detection (Part Two)

Wed, Sep 20, 2017,
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
301 Marx Hall

Search and Seizure

Wed, Sep 27, 2017,
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
301 Marx Hall

Search and Seizure (Part Two)

Wed, Oct 4, 2017,
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
301 Marx Hall

Robert Weisberg (Stanford Law School): Interrogation and Confession

Wed, Oct 11, 2017,
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
301 Marx Hall

Interrogation and Confession (Part Two)

Wed, Oct 18, 2017,
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
301 Marx Hall

Trial and Conviction

Wed, Oct 25, 2017,
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
301 Marx Hall

Susanna Blumenthal (University of Minnesota Law School): Trial and Conviction (Part Two)

Appeal and Petition

Wed, Nov 15, 2017,
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
301 Marx Hall

Bernard Harcourt (Columbia Law School): Punishment: Execution

Wed, Nov 29, 2017,
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
301 Marx Hall

Caleb Smith (Yale University): Punishment: Prison

Wed, Dec 6, 2017,
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
301 Marx Hall

Conclusions

Wed, Dec 13, 2017,
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
301 Marx Hall