Please join us for a LAPA Seminar with Sonali Chakravarti, Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University.
LAPA’s seminar format assumes that seminar participants have familiarized themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator opens the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. The author then has the right of first response before we open to the floor for questions. The seminar will end with a brief reception, giving everyone a chance to mingle and meet.
Sonali Chakravarti received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her Ph.D in political theory from Yale University. She is currently Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. In 2012-2013, she was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University Center for Human Values. Her work on the emotions and transitional justice has appeared in Constellations, Theory and Event, and the Journal of Law, Culture, and Humanities. Her book, "Sing the Rage: Listening to Anger after Mass Violence," was recently published by the University of Chicago Press. Chakravarti is currently working on a project on the concept of radical enfranchisement, civil disobedience, and jury service.
Peter Brooks, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar in the University Center for Human Values and the Department of Comparative Literature, joined the Princeton faculty in 2008 after many decades of teaching at Yale, where he was Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature. At Princeton, he directs a project on “The Ethics of Reading and the Cultures of Professionalism,” which included the symposium, “The Humanities in the Public Sphere,” held at Princeton in April 2012, the source of the recent book, edited with Hillary Jewett, The Humanities and Public Life (Fordham 2014). Brooks has published on narrative and narrative theory, on the 19th and 20th century novel, mainly French and English, and, more recently, on the interrelations of law and literature. He is the author of several books, including Enigmas of Identity (2011), Henry James Goes to Paris (2007), Realist Vision (2005), Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and Literature (2000), Psychoanalysis and Storytelling (1994), Body Work (1993), Reading for the Plot (1984), The Melodramatic Imagination (1976) and The Novel of Worldliness (1969), and also two novels. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Comparative Literature and Yale Journal of Law & Humanities. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, Critical Inquiry, New Literary History, Yale Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, and elsewhere.