SPOKANE, Wash. – Professor Robert A. Williams Jr., a well-known author and indigenous peoples expert, will discuss his newest book “Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Barbieri Moot Courtroom at Gonzaga Law School, (721 N. Cincinnati St.).
A reception and book-signing with light appetizers will follow the lecture. The following day, March 1, Williams will present a Continuing Legal Education class titled “Tribal Jurisdiction and Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights in a Globalizing 21st Century Legal World Order.”
“The Gonzaga Native American Law Students Association is committed to acknowledging that biases exist in the justice system, and wants to offer an opportunity for an open discussion with a thought-leader in this field,” said Danielle Paradis, president of NALSA. “It is with the generous assistance of the Gonzaga and legal communities that we are able to bring Professor Williams to campus.”
Williams is the E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and American Indian Studies and Faculty Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law in Tucson. He is the author of “The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest” (1990), which received the Gustavus Meyers Human Rights Center Award as one of the outstanding books published in 1990 on the subject of prejudice in the United States. He also authored “Linking Arms Together: American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace, 1600-1800” (1997) and “Like a Loaded Weapon: The Rehnquist Court, Indian Rights and the Legal History of Racism in America” (2005). Williams co-authored “Federal Indian Law: Cases and Materials” (6th ed., with David Getches and Charles Wilkinson, 2011). His latest book, “Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization” will be published by Palgrave Macmillan (Fall 2102).
Williams has received major grants and awards from numerous programs and institutions, including the Open Society Institute, Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the National Institute of Justice.
The events are sponsored by the Gonzaga University School of Law, Gonzaga University Center for American Indian Studies, Gonzaga University Native American Law Students Association, and the Alliance for Social Justice. The Friday Continuing Legal Education presentation is sponsored by the Spokane County Bar Association Indian Law Section and Gonzaga University School of Law.
For more information, contact Wendy Thompson at the Gonzaga Center for American Indian Studies at (509) 313-5544 or via email; or Andrea Parrish, digital media specialist at Gonzaga Law School at (509) 313-3771 or via email.