Wednesday, August 27, 2008
American University’s Washington College of Law is again sponsoring a conference on the uses of legal rhetoric, focusing on the language of violence and torture. The conference is scheduled for Friday, November 7, 2008. Peter Brooks (Yale, Princeton) will deliver the keynote address. Professor Brooks, a scholar of narrative theory, will speak on “The Ethics of Reading” to kick off a day of discussing how language can be used, interpreted, manipulated to justify violence, and, perhaps, also to combat it. In the early afternoon, four panelists will discuss various uses of language in relation to violence, torture and human rights. The day will conclude with a workshop for legal writing teachers to discuss and work on ways to introduce these ideas in the legal writing classroom.