Bonzani Memorial Law Lecture

Bonzani Memorial Law Lecture

The John and Lawrence Bonzani Memorial Law Lecture is held in the fall semester and highlights a topic of interest related to the law. Prior lecturers have been Harpur College alumni who shared expertise in their field while engaging students interested in legal careers.


2021 Bonzani Lecture:

  • "Doing The Dirty Work: COVID-19, Inequality, and Essential Work"
  • Presented by: Michele Bratcher Goodwin
  • October 21, 2021 | 5pm
  • Zoom/Remote attendance

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About the lecture:

Doing The Dirty Work: COVID-19, Inequality, and Essential Work: This talk examines the social and structural inequities bound in the idea of "essential work." While the work may be essential, the workers are often disposable and treated as expendable. This problem is marked by longstanding inequities related to race and social status in the United States. Dr. Goodwin considers these concerns and how our society might begin to heal from them.


About the speaker:

Image: Michele Bratcher Goodwin
Michele Bratcher Goodwin

Michele Bratcher Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy. She is the recipient of the 2020-21 Distinguished Senior Faculty Award for Research, the highest honor bestowed by the University of California. She is also the first law professor at the University of California, Irvine to receive this award. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. She is also the host of "On the Issues with Michele Goodwin" at Ms. Magazine.

Professor Goodwin’s scholarship is hailed as “exceptional” in the New England Journal of Medicine. She has been featured in Politico, Salon.com, Forbes, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times, NPR, HBO’s Vice News, and Ms. Magazine among others. A prolific author, her scholarship is published or forthcoming in The Yale Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Cornell Law Review, NYU Law Review, California Law Review, and Northwestern Law Review, among others. Goodwin’s publications include five books and over 80 articles, essays and book chapters as well as numerous commentaries.

She serves on the executive committee and national board of the American Civil Liberties Union. She is a highly sought after voice on civil liberties, civil rights, reproductive rights and justice, and cultural politics. Prior to teaching law, she was a Gilder-Lehrman Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University.


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