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How to Be a Person: A Conversation on Empathy, Law, and Creativity Amid the Chaos

Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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A discussion with panelists Brian Frye, Philip Gotanda, Elizabeth Kovats, and Mary Kathryn Nagle, moderated by Sarang Shah.

Why is art so often associated with feeling and empathy, while law is not? For many, art is connected to creativity, expression, and experimentation, and law with adherence, precedent, rigidity, and structure. But are these two practices really so divergent, and can they inform and improve upon each other? If artists at their best are boundless in their exploration, what would a lawyer's studio practice look like, and what possibilities might emerge? Our panel will consider these questions in the context of a pandemic, racial reckoning, and a society in need of empathy in abundance.

This event is presented by UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, and the Arts and Innovation Advocates at Berkeley Law.