“Habeas Corpus and the Quest for Justice”
Roger Berkowitz has taught at Amherst College (in its remarkable undergraduate program on law and society, headed by Austin Sarat) the Cardozo Law School, and was a research fellow at UC Berkeley (from which he holds both a law degree and a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy), before becoming the director of the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard. He has written The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Foundation of Modern Law, forthcoming from Harvard University Press, and many articles on law, philosophy, and politics including pieces on Nietzsche, Arendt, and the image of prosecutors in Hollywood films.
On the eve of Election Day, the talk was of wide interest, especially to those involved in the Bard Prison Initiative and students and faculty in philosophy, politics, history, and sociology. At issue in all the cases examined were last-ditch remedies for individuals sentenced to death, who attempt to offer evidence that they were wrongfully convicted, beginning with Sacco and Vanzetti.