The Harvard Law School Library is sponsoring a community gathering for the purpose of fostering intellectual discussion on the topic of “Why I Changed My Mind”. A panel of five faculty speakers will each comment on a long-held professional view that they’d embraced and perhaps advocated for, and then how it came about that they no longer believed in it. Professor Jonathan Zittrain will moderate the faculty discussion and questions and answers from the audience.
Unlike many other professions — including trial advocacy in an adversarial system — academics often represent that they aspire to “get it right,” whatever that means, and being shown new data or arguments that undermine or negate a previously-held conclusion is an occasion for excitement and joy, an opportunity to revise and refine one’s sense of the world, more than a source of embarrassment for having gotten anything wrong to begin with. This event offers an opportunity to see this process in action.
Monday, March 4, 2019, at noon
Harvard Law School WCC Milstein East C (Directions)
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA
No RSVP required
Lecturer on Law
David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History
Roger D. Fisher Visiting Professor in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Jeannie Suk Gersen
John W. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law
Carl M. Loeb University Professor
George Bemis Professor of International Law, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Director of the Harvard Law School Library, Faculty Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Professor, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government