Exploring Civil Society through the Writings of Dr. SeussTM



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8:15am – 9:00am  Breakfast and Opening Remarks

Symposium Co-Chairs

Tamara Belinfanti (Associate Professor of Law) and Richard Chused (Professor of Law), New York Law School

9:00am – 10:30am 
Panel I:  The Shared Interests in Society in Horton Hears a Who
This panel of scholars considered the themes relating to shared interests in society arising from Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss™, including topics such as other-ness; tolerance; cruel and unusual punishment; collective action efforts; segmentation and marginalization; and culture clash.

  • Richard Sherwin (Moderator), Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Jorge Contreras, Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Anne McGillivray, Professor of Law, University of Manitoba
  • Naomi Mezey,  Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

10:30am – 10:50am 

The Zax presented by Buckle My Shoe Nursery School

10:50am – 12:30pm 
Panel II:  Personal Rights of Identity in The Sneetches and Yertle the Turtle
Scholars discussed ideology; identity; the abuse of power; imperialism; disenfranchisement; class structure; social hierarchy; social markers; heuristics and biases; maintenance of status quo; equality; fairness; civil rights; justice; and human rights among the many themes that arise from The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss™.

  • Deborah Archer (Moderator), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, New York Law School
  • Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Peter Nicolas, Jeffrey and Susan Brotman Endowed Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law
  • Dennis Parker, Director of the Racial Justice Project, American Civil Liberties Union

12:30pm – 2:00pm 
Lunch with Keynote Speaker Professor Donald E. Pease
The Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English, Dartmouth College and author of Theodor Seuss Geisel (Oxford University Press 2010).

2:15pm – 3:15pm 
Panel III:  The Nature of War in The Butter Battle Book
Scholars explored how the themes relating to nature of war; international disputes and relations; ideological differences; the use of force; and nuclear warfare arise from The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss™.

  • Molly Land (Moderator), Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Elena Baylis, Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Roger Clark, Board of Governors and Professor, Rutgers School of Law (Camden)
  • John Hursh, O’Brien Fellow, McGill University Faculty of Law

3:30pm – 4:45pm  Panel IV:  Business and Society in The Lorax
In this panel, scholars surveyed business and society; corporate social responsibility; land use and regulation; and property rights as related to the concepts that arise from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss™.

  • Tamara Belinfanti (Moderator), Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Alice Korngold, President and CEO, Korngold Consulting
  • Miguel Padró, Project Manager, Aspen Institute Business and Society Project
  • Brian Walsh, Director, Liquidnet

4:45pm – 5:00pm 
Closing Remarks

Doni Gewirtzman, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School

5:00pm – 6:00pm  Seuss-themed
Wine and Cheese Reception