Patricia J. Williams

Patricia J. Williams

JHU’s Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality is delighted to host Professor Patricia J. Williams for a series of talks this semester. Professor Williams will be joining us via Zoom each of the first three weeks of February to present the following:

  • Wednesday, February 2nd: ‘Grounded: On Loss and the Elements of Gravity’
  • Wednesday, February 9th: ‘The Risk I Pose: On the Exhaustion of Embodied Probabilities’
  • Wednesday, February 16th: ‘Making Happy: On the Aesthetics of Resilience’

All events will be taking place via Zoom, at 4:15 pm (EST). For the Zoom link and further information about accessing the talks, please email

  • Patricia J. Williams is University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities at Northeastern University. She is the author and editor of many books, including the The Alchemy of Race and Rights (Harvard 1991), The Rooster’s Egg (Harvard 1995), Seeing a Color-Blind Future (FSG 1998), Open House (FSG 2004), and Giving a Damn (TLS Books 2021). For years she wrote a column for the Nation, titled ‘Diary of a Mad Law Professor,’ and her essays have appeared in many venues, from daily newspapers to legal reviews. Her pivotal work on critical legal theory, critical race studies, black feminism, the legal construction of personhood, and ethics has been influential in many fields, and she continues to produce groundbreaking scholarship. She is currently working on three books: “The Complete Mad Law Professor (compilation of The Nation columns); The Talking Helix (focused on bioethics and genetics); and Gathering the Ghosts (a literary and historical text based on Professor Williams’ family archival materials). She received numerous fellowships, awards, and honors, including a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2000.

We are delighted to be able to make this time with Professor Williams, and I look forward to seeing many of you there! Reminder emails will be going out ahead of each week’s talk, and if you have any further questions, please let me know.