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Albert Gallatin Lectures

In keeping with its academic mission, which is firmly rooted in the idea that knowledge and understanding grow through conversation and collaboration, the Gallatin School is pleased to present the Albert Gallatin Lecture (AGL) Series at NYU. The AGL, which had its inaugural presentation in the spring of 2006, brings a variety of notable figures from the worlds of politics, the arts, business, and academia to the University to discuss contemporary issues with students, faculty, alumni, and members of the wider community.The lectures are made possible through the support of an anonymous donor. 

Fall 2014: Austin Sarat, October 23. RSVP here.  

How Americans Think About Punishment: Doing Justice and the Future of Capital Punishment
Austin Sarat is Associate Dean of the Faculty and William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College and Hugo L. Black Visiting Senior Scholar at the University of Alabama School of Law.

Professor Sarat is a pioneering figure in the development of legal study in the liberal arts, of the humanistic study of law, and of the cultural study of law. He is also an internationally renowned scholar of capital punishment, specializing in efforts to understand its social, political, and cultural significance in the United States.

Professor Sarat founded both Amherst College’s Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought and the national scholarly association, The Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities. He is former President of that Association and has also served as President of the Law and Society Association and of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs.

Past AGL speakers have included:

Tarik Trotter, musician, Black Thought from The Roots - September 2013

Rob Sheffield, music critic and authorMay 2013

Jayson Musson, artist, aka Hennessy YoungmanSeptember 2012

Abhijit Banerjee, economist - March 2012

Dorothy Allison, novelist - May 2011

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., professor and author - February 2010

Jill Abramson, author and journalist - February 2009

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., author and environmentalist - October 2009

James Schamus, screenwriter and founder Focus Features - March 2008

Peter Galison and Rob Moss, filmmakers - November 2008

Kenneth Roth, executive director Human Rights Watch - December 2007

Sally Field, actress - April 2007


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