Part of what makes Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy remarkable is the quality of its writing. Rather than simply documenting evidence, Stevenson rather weaves the details of his story into a compelling, disturbing, and often beautiful narrative. This panel will invite a number of prominent scholars from different fields to reflect not only on the idea of justice but also on the different ways in which writers--journalists, lawyers, novelists, poets, and philosophers--write about justice. How do particular genres, particular styles, particular rhetorical techniques work to define, to advance, to complicate the idea of justice?

Moderator: Professor Alan Tansman (East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley)


Professor Lyn Hejinian (English, UC Berkeley)

Amy Jamgochian (Academic Program Director, Prison University Project)

Professor Leigh Raiford (African American Studies, UC Berkeley)

This event is free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-seated basis. The panel presentation will be followed by a reception with light refreshments, where attendees can mingle with the panelists and one another. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 15:30
Banatao Auditorium. Sutardja Dai Hall